Those who have been following me here for awhile are familiar with this technique. I remove the book block (often battered, yellowed and/or torn) and slit the book covers apart right down the middle of the spine. I then fold the cut edges back over the book covers and glue them down to the inside to create the two covers for a single-needle coptic binding.
I folded 40 sheets of plain white text paper into eight signatures to make 80 pages (160 counting both sides). Punched holes in the signatures and the front and back covers. The binding is a single-needle coptic stitch done in bright red waxed hemp cord. I can finally do this stitch well and have it look neat and tight and nice.
I created end papers for the book by raiding a couple of illustrations from the original book.
It's nice... and I think some girl would love carrying it to school.