Introduction: How to Make a Leather Bound Journal or Notebook

Learn to make a leather bound journal or notebook from an old leather jacket and a cheap notebook.

Step 1: Reinforce Covers of Notebook

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Cut to size cardboard pieces to reinforce covers of your notebook. Use hot glue gun to add the cardboard pieces to the covers.

Step 2: Cut Out Leather From Jacket

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Cut out the back panel of the leather jacket.

Step 3: Cut Leather to Size

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This step is difficult to describe how to do it the right way, so I suggest watching the video to fully understand the best way to cut your leather piece to size.

Step 4: Cut Excess Leather on the Binding

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Cut excess leather on the binding.

Step 5: Glue on Leather

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Hot glue the leather edges onto the notebook.

Step 6: Use Image to Mark Points

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With a woodburner mark points of printed out image.

Step 7: Connect the Dots

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Connect the dots to outline image.

Step 8: Add Shade

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Add the shade with quick light strokes.

Step 9: Add Border

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Add border if desired.


MichiganDave (author)2015-10-25

A BIG Thanks for sharing this. I had not thought of using a wood burning tool to darken leather before, so that is entirely new to me.

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