I enjoy recycling old, vintage books. I can sometimes find these at the Goodwill or local Thrift shops. I was a huge fan of Nancy Drew novels growing up so I was excited to snatch this one for under two bucks. Using an xacto knife, I carefully cut out the text block near the spine on both the front and back of the book. Using a previously sewn text block, I attach it with end papers on both the front and back. For this one, I added four signatures of 140 lb. watercolor paper, sewing each signature individually into the spine.
The photos below are a hardbound book using different fabrics for the spine and the covers. This book has several signatures sewn together to create a text block that was attached to the covers with endpapers.