book 'crafting fine cartonnage'

BAG WITH TOOLS & ROLLS OF linen book cloth

Fine cartonnage is the art of crafting boxes and cartonnage designs with its origins in the 18th Century.

Since 2003 I have been reinventing the artisanal savoir-faire of cartonnage in respect of the traditional techniques inherited from the master makers of the 18th Century. I always wanted to do something creative, but I spent a long time searching for what kind of creativity, until I went to a box making workshop, also called 'cartonnage'. I've been making boxes and cartonnage designs by hand in a traditional way ever since. With my studio in The Hague, the Netherlands, I love to teach creatives all over the world how to craft boxes and cartonnage designs. To elevate their own creative work or to learn a new hobby.



I'm teaching you the skills to craft your own cartonnage designs.

The book consists of step-by-step instructions of 11 designs and 9 videos of the basics

that you can watch on the portal of my website.

On the portal you can also download the pdf of the book.



you have the essential tools for crafting cartonnage designs.

You only have to add a snap-off knife, a pair of scissors, metal ruler, and tapes.


With the FOUR ROLLS OF LINEN BOOK CLOTH you have a beautiful mix of colors

to start crafting your cartonnage designs.


I love partnering with shops who enjoy inspiring

their customers to learn a new craft.


Enjoy crafting,


Book about box making and french cartonnage

preview copy

Book Crafting Fine Cartonnage_preview.pd
Adobe Acrobat Document 88.2 MB


The book consists of step-by-step instructions of the following 11 designs:


box with loose lid 'shoe box'

box with fitted lid

(with the base of the pen cup)

desk jotter

flat binder

folio for a post-it

folio with notepad

magical folio

mouse pad


(without needle & thread)

pen cup

ring binder


and 9 videos of the following basics that you can watch:


how to cut greyboard & book cloth

how to glue & fixate greyboard pieces

how to cut & line corners

how to cut & cover corners of a tray

how to glue, cut & line a tray

how to cut & glue bottom tray edges

how to make simple compartments

how to line an insert

how to print book cloth with an inkjet printer

kind words

“The journey in learning these new skills has been absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it.

The instruction book & videos were a perfect bundle to guide you through the entire craft process.

They were clear, concise and easy to understand.

The final designs look beautiful!”


“I loved every part of the book from The Cartonnerie!

From when the supplies arrived, packed so beautifully and then to follow the instructions

and watch the videos that were so easy to understand - and the end result is just gorgeous.

I love my designs and will definitely keep making them.”

placing your order

Opening order | US$ 150, reorders | US$ 100

exclusive of shipping costs

Please find the rest of the wholesale terms below

Prices are inclusive of VAT, exclusive of shipping costs

You can pay via Paypal after checkout

If you want to pay via Wise, please send me an email before ordering

Book 'Crafting Fine Cartonnage'


Book, ebook & videos

68 p. | English | ISBN 9789090386188

8.3 x 11,7" | 21,0 x 29,7 cm | white metal wire-o binding

The Cartonnerie Publishing


Retail price $ 39

Whole sale price


  • Ships within 5-8 days

Bag with tools for cartonnage


Bag filled with a:

teflon folder (5.9 x 0.8 x 0.3" | 15,0 x 2,0 x 0,8 cm)

corner cutter (up to 0.1" | 2,5 mm)

greyboard spacer (0.2 x 9.8" | 0,4 x 25,0 cm)

flat brush

foam applicator

PVA glue (275 gram)

rubber (to remove dried glue on linen)


Retail price $ 45

Whole sale price


  • Ships within 5-8 days

4 rolls of linen book cloth | flax, seychelle, celadon & iceberg


The book cloth is FSC certified, CO2 carbon neutral, vegan & produced in Europe

The book cloth has a paper base, and can be used with foil stamping,

blind stamping & inkjet printing


The color flax & celadon are in rolls of 13.8 x 55.1" | 35 x 137 cm

The color seychelle & iceberg are in rolls of 13.8 x 39.4" | 35 x 100 cm


Retail price $ 32

Whole sale price


  • Ships within 5-8 days

wholesale terms


Opening Order | US$ 150

Reorders | US$ 100



The typical turnaround time is 5-8 business days, but turnaround times may vary.

If you need your order expedited, please let me know what your desired time frame is,

and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.



You are responsible for all shipping costs.

Items are shipped via POSTNL|USPS unless otherwise specified.



You can pay via the wholesale page via Paypal in US$.

If you want to pay via Wise, please send me an email before ordering.



You will be notified of any backordered items, and the remainder of your order

will continue to ship unless otherwise directed.

Once an item is back in stock, it will ship out immediately free of charge.

All backordered items will be invoiced at time of original purchase order.



Returns and exchanges must be made and postmarked within 5 days of receiving your order.

All products must be unused and in original packaging.

Cancellations or changes to your order must be submitted

within 24 hours of placing your order.



Please send an email to studio@thecartonnerie.com

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