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How to bind a book at home

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Spiral binding is an excellent way to create professional-looking books, reports, or notebooks right from the comfort of your home. Whether you are a student looking to bind your project, an aspiring author self-publishing your work, or simply someone who loves DIY projects, spiral binding offers a cost-effective and customizable solution. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to spiral bind a book at home.

Materials Needed:

  1. Your printed pages
  2. Spiral coils
  3. A paper cutter or guillotine
  4. A hole punch
  5. A ruler
  6. Pencil
  7. Scissors
  8. Cutting mat (optional)
  9. Front and back cover (if desired)

Step-by-Step Guide to Spiral Binding a Book at Home:

  1. Prepare Your Document:
  • Start by printing your document, ensuring that the margins and layout are correct.
  • If you wish to have a front and back cover, print them separately and set them aside.
  1. Trim Your Pages:
  • Use a paper cutter or guillotine to trim the edges of your printed pages, making sure they are uniform and clean.
  1. Mark Hole Placement:
  • Measure and mark where you want the holes for binding to be on the left side of your pages.
  • Popular spacing is typically 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch).
  1. Punch Holes:
  • Using a hole punch, carefully punch holes at the marked spots. Ensure that the holes are consistent across all pages.
  1. Prepare the Spiral Coil:
  • Select an appropriately sized spiral coil that matches the length of your document.
  • If the coil is too long, you can trim it using scissors (plastic) or wire cutters (aluminum, wire) to the correct length.
  1. Thread the Spiral Coil:
  • Thread spiral through the holes in your document, starting from the one end and working your way through
  1. Close the Coil:
  • Use needle nose pliers to give the end of the spiral a 90 degree bend/turn.
  1. Finish and Check:
  • Ensure that the coil is securely closed, and all pages are bound together neatly.
  • Flip through the pages to check for any misalignment or loose ends.
  1. Optional Finishing Touches:
  • You can use a clear cover or plastic sheet to protect the front cover and create a more professional look.


Spiral binding a book at home is a satisfying and cost-effective way to create your own customized documents. With the right tools and careful attention to detail, you can achieve professional-looking results. Whether you are binding school projects, reports, or even your own novel, this DIY process allows you to take control of your bookbinding needs. Happy binding!

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New client spotlight

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In the fast-paced world we live in, staying organized is key to success. That’s why we are excited to introduce our latest client, By When? Planner Co., a rising new company in the planner industry. With the help of our premium Aluminum Spiral Coils, this emerging company is set to revolutionize the way we plan and organize people’s lives.

At PEL, we take pride in collaborating with innovative brands that share our commitment to quality and functionality. By When? Planner Co. perfectly aligns with our values, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of their journey.

The Journey Begins

Though relatively new to the scene, By When? Planner Co. is wasting no time in leaving a lasting impression. With only a few months in operation, they’ve already captured the attention of planners and organization enthusiasts alike. Their dedication to providing superior planning solutions sets them apart in an increasingly crowded market.

Aluminum Spiral Coils: The Perfect Match

Central to By When? Planner Co.’s success is the choice of materials. The Aluminum Spiral Coils provided by PEL perfectly complement the elegance and functionality of their planners. Crafted with precision and durability in mind, these coils ensure that each planner’s pages are securely bound, allowing users to confidently plan their days, weeks, and months ahead.

Distinctive Planning Styles

One of the factors that sets By When? Planner Co. apart is their innovative approach to planning. Their planners cater to various planning styles, whether you’re a visual thinker, a detail-oriented organizer, or a goal-driven go-getter. From minimalist designs to vibrant layouts, By When? Planner Co. offers options that cater to individual preferences, making planning a truly personal experience.

Discover By When? Planner Co.

Curious to learn more? We invite you to explore the world of By When? Planner Co. by visiting their website at http://www.bywhen.,com. Immerse yourself in their range of planners designed to help you stay on top of your goals, appointments, and aspirations.

Join the Journey

At PEL, we’re honored to partner with By When? Planner Co. as they redefine the art of planning. With our Aluminum Spiral Coils binding their vision, we’re confident that their planners will continue to inspire and empower individuals on their journey towards productivity and success.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from By When? Planner Co. and PEL. Together, we’re shaping the future of planning, one coil at a time.

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What is the largest spiral coil available?

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Most vendors will say the largest spiral coil available is 2” (50mm). This may be the case for many, but that is incorrect. There are larger spiral coils available in the market, the largest being made out of aluminum or wire. In plastic, the largest spiral coil is 3.5” (88.9mm), and in aluminum or wire the largest spiral coil is 4.5” (114.3mm).

Larger diameter spiral coils can be manufactured in various pitches (holes per inch), but it is recommend to use either a 2.5:1 or a 2:1 pitch. By having less holes per inch, it will be easier to insert the spiral, and less material would be used.



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Want to stand out?

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We know there are many options out there, but most being low quality imports. At PEL manufacturing, we pride ourselves with our 100% American made spiral coils.


How do WE stand out?

We understand and know that time is of the essence, we handle this issue with a quick turn-around time. We have 15 wire forming machines and 22 plastic machines, to meet our clients deadlines. We manufacture our coils in plastic, wire and aluminum. Our spiral coils range from 1/4″ to 5″, in various hole spacings and colors. Let our 85 years of experience work for you.


Why PEL?

  • Customized solutions

  • Quick turn-around time

  • Product variety

  • Extensive product/manufacturing experience

We are here to help, give us a call with any question you may have

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How to order PEL spiral coils

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Our spiral diameter is measured by inside dimension. Rule of thumb; Book thickness + 1/8” = inside diameter. Please note, 3/16”+ may need to be added for larger books.

Spiral Length

Binding edge plus one (1) inch. This lets you cut and turn, and also helps to avoid “running through and backing up.”

Pitch or holes per inch

Start with a ruler at the edge of the first hole, and count to the inch mark. This will give you an indication of how many holes per inch. If you are not sure on the pitch, provide a punched sheet to help us determine correct holes per inch.

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PEL spiral coils come in seven different pitches; in various diameters, gauges, colors, materials and lengths. Let our 85 years of experience work for you.