Make a hand-bound sketch book or journal

In this two hour workshop, you will make a hard cover sketchbook or journal using reclaimed and recycled materials and a simple binding technique. We will use recycled materials and everyday tools for accessible and sustainable book-making.

We have a variety of fabric, paper and card to decorate the cover, and high quality, recycled sketchbook paper for inside. You will sew the pages into the completed cover using colourful thread allowing for further creative design choices. Your host Will uses one of these little books daily for bullet journalling and sketching. You can choose to make an A6 (postcard) or A5 size book.

This workshop is suitable for beginners. Tools and materials are included. The skills you will practice include the accurate measuring and marking of paper, card and fabric, applying PVA glue in a thin and even layer, threading a needle and sewing the book together using a chain stitch. With this experience under your belt, you can make more books of the same kind, as gifts or for your own use, or you can use it as first step into the wonderful world of book binding and attempt more complex projects on your own.

Big Heart Art Club and our venue SPARKS Bristol are dedicated to sustainability. Our card, thread and fabric are second hand or reclaimed surplus from businesses. Some of the paper is bought new, but always created from recycled fibres.

Age restrictions: 12+

Adult (16+ ) £24
Child (12 - 16 years) £18
Concession (Lower Income/ Unemployed ) £18

How to get there


  • Refreshments available

COVID-19 guidelines

We will follow the current guidelines for COVID safety. If you feel ill on the day and you think you may be contagious, please do not attend.

On the day

We will be in the Repararium on the ground floor of SPARKS in Broadmead, where you will also find different sustainable shops and a cafe for refreshments.

Bookbinding is not a particularly messy craft, but we will be using a glue that may not wash out of clothing. Dress with that in mind.

If you have materials that you would like to use on the cover of your book, such as a greeting card or photo, please bring it along.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 4 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 4 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Big Heart Art Club

Big Heart Art Club is where creativity meets community. In their workshops, run by Will and Ryan, art is a playful adventure, inviting everyone to dabble, design and delight in the process over perfection. Partnering with local heroes like SPARKS, The Children’s Scrapstore, St Mark’s Community Cafe and Eastside Community Trust, they champion beginner-friendly sessions that spark joy and imagination. With a firm belief in sustainability, they turn recycled treasures into artistic expressions, making each creation not only unique but also a testament to our shared commitment to the planet.

Will Wassenaar (She/Her)

Independent artist and crafts enthusiast Will has made her own sketchbooks and running workshops for several years. Combining these skills, she will make sure everyone will make a book and have a good time.

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Big Heart Art Club.