The materials we used were very basic: thread, wax, a small metal ruler, white glue, cardboard, a metal paper punch, a medium-sized needle, and paper.
We covered the cardboard in craft paper and lined the insides. I chose a vintage ticket stub patterned paper for my book covers and green paper for the inside lining. We folded 5 bunches of thick white paper together, each bunch containing 5 pages.
We punched our holes after lining everything up and marking our pages gently with a pencil.
Then the sewing began . . . We looped through one cover, through a section of paper and down the mid section of it, and then through another stack of paper. We kept repeating these steps with each of the additional stacks of paper until we had looped through each of the sections. We finished the stack off with our second piece of cardboard, the back cover.
A quick tutorial on the stitching process can be found here. And a beautiful downloadable guide can be found here. (Although neither link could quite compete with a physical hands-on, in-person guide.)
To learn this technique and make my book ended up taking just under two and a half hours to complete. And it was so relaxing and enjoyable to create, zen really.