I took an online journal making class quite awhile back, and one of the journals we made was pages bound together with PVA glue and ribbon or strips of fabric. I've seen this same method done in some journal making books and blogs so I thought I'd post some pictures to show how my pages looked. They aren't difficult--I actually think children could make them without too much craziness.
Below is a view of the binding of the pages before a cover is attached. If you look closely, you can see the ribbon folded and glued between the pages.
Below is a finished book with cover and a cloth strip for a spine. The spine was made by using paper towels that were dyed using liquid watercolors. After air drying, the paper towels were separated to single ply, torn into pieces, and glue to a muslin strip with PVA glue and left to dry.
Hope you enjoyed this---let me know if you have any questions!