Review: Zutter Bind-it-All for Making Upcycled Books

Zutter BinditAll for upcycled books (3 of 5)

Upcycled books are a fabulous craft, but making one always leaves you with one question to answer:

How to bind it?

Hand-sewing requires some skill, using an existing book limits your design possibilities, and staples and book rings don’t always look nice.

For a few months, now, my kiddos and I have been using the Zutter Bind-it-All to bind books made from upcycled papers and cardboards. The Zutter Bind-it-All is a tool for punching and binding a book in metal wire, giving the finished project the look of a spiral-bound book. We’ve made a ton of books using the tool, and here’s what we think of it, both good and bad:

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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    • I still want something that will make a real spiral binding. I’m starting to wonder if I could use the Zutter to do the punching and then insert a wire spiral by hand?

      • I am pretty sure that you can, it’s just that aren’t the holes sort of rectangle? I think that would bug me for some reason.

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