Making handmade books is so good! It's relaxing, it's unique and the books are always one-of-a-kind.

To make handmade books using the Traditional bookbinding technique we need to sew the pages together to build the book. Not in this course. Here you will see a different option! Different ways of making covers and building the books that does not require sewing. Isn't that great?

Before you ask, yes, the books are really strong and durable! So, let's have so fun and create unique books using your favorite fabrics!

What will you get in this course?

This course is under construction and the first videos will be added in May 2020. Here you will learn how to make the text blocks to make flat spine and round spine books, all without sewing. Then, you will learn a variety of possibilities of making unique covers using your favorite fabrics.

This course is under construction! First videos will be available in May 2020.


I'm Claudia Squio a Brazilian-American artist living in Michigan and focusing on fabric cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. I design fabric boxes and cases and teach this technique at quilt stores, quilt guilds and also through my online cartonnage school. I have authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes”. Besides creating the pieces and teaching I also develop some DIY kits and tools that can be used for my students to have fun, feel the relaxing power of crafting and facilitate the process of fabric box making. Are you ready for some fun? Join me!

See what students of cartonnage online courses are saying

I have done most of the online courses available. The online courses are very well done and, like all of Claudia’s products, very detailed. Also, she is available to answer questions if you have them and I really appreciate her quick response. You have access to the free and paid classes and videos at any time. ( There’s nothing like taking a Cartonnage course in your jammies—lol) Marita

Claudia does an excellent job of describing the process of Cartonnage. The videos are easy to follow and Claudia explains each step in great detail. You can rewind and fast forward to do the work at your own pace. Claudia will answer any of your questions that come up. Cartonnage does not require any specialized tools but the toolkit makes things easier. The kits will save you time because all the paper is already cut out. But you can cut the paper out yourself too. Cartonnage is fun and not difficult to learn! I would recommend these videos for anyone interested in learning about Cartonnage. Betsy

I just finished my Cartonnage small box project, using Claudia's video tutorials and tools. The course was fun and included easy to follow lessons that were broken up into sections that made construction simple. Claudia explains everything, including materials required, how to's that are easy to follow and replicate, and clear and concise videos that show you what you need to do to complete the project. Using Claudia's spacer tool and corner miter tool takes all the guess work out of cutting and placement of pieces for perfect corners and spacing. Cartonnage is a great way to use up fat quarters and scraps that you have in your stash! The result is a wonderful piece of art that you can enjoy yourself or give as a cherished gift! Vicki

I am not a skilled crafter, but Claudia's online classes made me feel like one! I found the instructions were detailed yet clear and simple to follow. It was fun. I am delighted with the results. It is particularly important for me as a visual learner to see the instructions and then follow with her demonstrations. I could follow and complete each process with ease and confidence step by step. Her attention to detail is valuable in the processesCheri

Course Curriculum

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  MODULE 3 - The fabric long-stitch buttonhole book
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  MODULE 4 - THE NO-SEW BOOKS - hardcover flat spine books
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Frequently Asked Questions

What crafting skills do I need to be able to do Cartonnage?

None! No expensive machines, no sewing to work with Cartonnage. In this technique we use paper, fabric and glue as the main material. The tools are very simple and easy to find.

When can I access this course?

You will have full access to this and all of other courses as soon as you join the membership.

How long do I have access to the courses?

As long as you are a member you will have full access to membership courses and community. If you cancel your subscription then you will not have access to the courses and community anymore.

Will my subscription automatically renew?

Yes! All subscriptions automatically renew until you cancel them. Be aware that Teachable does not send a notice when they charge your card monthly.

I am having trouble for sign up or viewing the videos. What should I do?

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