Woven Paper Covers

Feb 4, 2021 | Book Arts Study Group

We will experiment with paper weaving on existing soft covered books or on medium to heavy weight paper that can be made into a book. The cover will be cut to be the “warp” and a lighter contrasting patterned paper will be cut for the “weft.”

See below for more detail, tools & materials lists, and videos.

Join us Thursday, February 18 at 1:30 pm via Zoom.

LuAnne Hansen, Book & Papers Arts Study Group Leader

Another month—and Valentines Day—is upon us. It’s time to get together and make another book. We are going to feature a cute little double pamphlet book with a soft cover. Not just a plain cover, but a woven one. We should have time to make the book and weave the cover. If you just want to do the weaving on an existing book or scrap materials, that’s perfectly good.

 The materials include:

  • Cover Paper: Heavy to medium weight paper 14″ x 5 3/4″ (grain short)
  • Weaving Paper: Lighter weight paper to complement main cover; 2 pieces each about 4″ x 5″
  • Signatures 6–8 pieces of 8 1/2″x 11″ copier paper or something fancier if you prefer
    Cut these in half (5 1/2” x 8 1/2″) to make 2 signatures
  • Thread and needle
  • Pieces of plastic (from food or other packaging—maybe a yogurt top; should be somewhat cut resistant)
  • Small skewer or stick for the piano hinge closure (optional)


  • Exacto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Awl
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • 2 binder clips

The paper I used for my cover was MiTienes, and my weaving paper was an illustration from an old Cavalleni calendar. I also used drawing paper for the signatures. Use whatever you have on hand, because as we always say, “it’s only a prototype.”

Optional: For those of you who like to be super prepared here are some YouTube videos that will show you what we’re going to do:

The two signature pamphlet starts at about 14 minutes in
This will show the weaving and closure