How to Saddle Stitch a Booklet

Written by robin coe
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How to Saddle Stitch a Booklet
(photo by Liz Henry,

Saddle stitched binding is one of the easiest and most common ways to bind a booklet. Many smaller magazines or "''''zines" use this technique. Typically, saddle stitching works best for booklets that don't have a lot of pages. The number of pages you can have will depend on the strength of the stapler and staples you use. Most booklets will have a limit of 56 to 64 folded pages that can be bound using the saddle stitch method.

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Things you need

  • Booklet pages
  • Long arm stapler and staples

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  1. 1

    Prepare a booklet that has a multiple of four pages. Typically, booklets are prepared on 8 1/2-by-11 inch size sheets and then folded in half. However, you can experiment with using other sizes if you want to make a smaller or larger booklet.

  2. 2

    If you aren't using blank pages, make sure to put your pages in proper order. Keep in mind that when you fold the pages, the left side will be at the front of the book and the right side will be at the back.

  3. 3

    Stack your pages so that your cover is at the bottom with the front facing downward. The centre of your booklet should be facing up.

  4. 4

    Fold the booklet in half so that your cover is now on top. Check through the page numbers to be sure they are in the proper order.

  5. 5

    Press the crease of the booklet as flat as possible, and then open the booklet to the middle.

  6. 6

    Measure 1/2-inch from the top of your crease in the centre of the page. Slide your long-arm stapler to that point, and press down. Make sure the centre of the book is still facing up when you do this so that the rough edges of the staple are on the inside of your booklet.

  7. 7

    Measure 1/2-inch from the bottom of the crease, and use your long-arm stapler to bind your booklet at that point, as well. Close your finished booklet.

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