Saturday, April 06, 2013

Make Your Own Leather Journal

In the past, I've offered a bookbinding kit for making a leather journal, which included all the materials and tools. After some requests, I decided to re-write the instructions so they can be used independently of the kit. So that's what I did.

This is a 9-page document, outlining the process for making leather journals like the ones shown in the photo. It's a soft-cover leather journal with a simple longstitch binding and a wrap-around cover and a strap. The document includes tips for selecting leather, detailed sewing instructions, and templates to cut out. Everything is fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and written for people with no bookbinding experience.

The document will be sent to you by email, as a PDF file, as soon as possible after you purchase. (Please allow a few hours for me to get the notification and make the delivery). You can buy it in my Etsy shop.

No previous bookbinding experience is necessary but of course, you will have to provide the tools and materials. You will need the following tools: awl, needle, scissors, cutting mat, utility knife, and ruler. A bone folder is a good idea, but not critical. Also, you will need leather, paper, and thread.