I'm working on a small saddle stitched booklet. The concept involves a relatively hard-ish, see-through cover. The first time around I used 36 pages of 120gsm offset paper in a single booklet. I simply folded a sheet of polypropylene and sewed everything together. This way the finished product doesn't stay completely closed/flat.

Is there a way I could execute this that would result in a more elegant product; one that stays closed? I'm thinking something where I sew the pages together, then make and/or attach the harder cover somehow differently. How might I accomplish my goal?

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    Can you show us the first attempt so that we can see your method and the outcome?
    – Catija
    Jun 9, 2016 at 19:18
  • What kind of paper are you using? How many pages does your book have? How many booklets make up the final result?
    – Matt
    Jun 9, 2016 at 19:38
  • @Matt 120gsm offset, 36 pages, and a single booklet
    – rachel1
    Jun 9, 2016 at 19:55
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    I took those details and added it into your question. If you have more information, like a picture for example, please edit that into your question.
    – Matt
    Jun 9, 2016 at 19:58

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When using 120 grams paper, it's best to use several signatures/booklets of 4 pages each. Then you can sew these together using a bookbinding technique (I like coptic binding - YouTube has great tutorials).

If you don't want to use a different bookbinding technique, you can make your booklet flatter by folding all the folded pieces separately and making sure you have a sharp fold before putting everything together.

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