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Hello there Supernatural fans and John Winchester appreciators!

This following tutorial shows you how I made my leather John Winchesters Journal (for my cosplay).
Enjoy Enjoy!
 
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Step 1: References

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First things first - get to know your stuff.
So I collected some screenshots and photos, made some notes and got a really big helping hand from 2 incredible blogs that are creating their journals,too.

*You can find the links at the end of this tutorial.

Keep in mind, that recreating every single thing of this book is a hell of a mess and work to do^^'

Step 2: Basis and what you need

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So I've been asked for the dimensions a few times by now. This is why I made a easy technical sketch with all the helping meassurements. Hope I can help you out with that!

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What you need:
- a soft plastic folder with metal clip inside(originally there are 4 metal clips, but I couldn't get those)
- a pen
- a ruler
- scissors
- light brown to yellow leather(or whatever you would like to use)
Tipp: I got my leftover piece of leather from ebay
- glue
- needle and string/sewing machine
- paper
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So I started with cutting the original folder so I get the right proportions for my journal. This folder is a great core for the book to be soft and also hard enough .

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You need to cut out ...
2x complete book size
2times 2x for the closure
1x big inlay left side
1x small inlay left side

Note here, that you should add about 5mm around every piece - you need that space to sew it together..later on.

Because you only got this left over leather piece, make sure to position every part of your pattern right before you grab the scissors :D

Step 3: Creating with leather

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Here you can see what I meant by giving it 5mm+ around the pattern pieces to cut from the leather.

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Glue one of the big leather pieces onto the back of the folder

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By now you can also glue the smaller pieces together

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looking good so far??
to create a smooth and non bubbly surface use a ruler to glue the leather flat onto the folder

Do you have any tips on where to get a binder like that? All of the shops around me (US) are three-ring and the metal part is very long. This tutorial is lovely but that is the one thing that is keeping me back!

Kion Designs (author)  sarawinchester18 days ago

Hey there fellow huntress,
actually, consider yourself very lucky, because originally the shows journal is three-ringed!! I could find a soft plastic folder with 3 rings to use it for my journal ;____;
Any cheap online shops for me?
I myself use a simple soft plastic folder. no hard cover like you can find in any office.

http://www.pricehunter-shop.de/Produktfotos/idena/...

I trim it to the right size and cover it with leather.
I hope this is helpful and encouraging enough for you :) therwise don't hesitate to contact me again (more likly active here:

https://www.facebook.com/KionCosplay )

Macready21 days ago

One more suggestion I forgot to add: You can always repurpose an old leather jacket from a thrift store.

Kion Designs (author)  Macready20 days ago

Thank you so so much Macready! Thx for contributing to this instructable and sharing your info and help to everybody who would like to make one.(UK big talk ;) ) It's comments like these that bring us together and really make tutorials like these to nice small threads for help!
So go go UK - check out your possibilities to obtain leather, create your own journal and post me a photo of the finished piece <3

Macready21 days ago

Beautiful work on the journal and with very comprehensive directions. I'd like to offer some suggestions on obtaining leather, though I'm in the US so I don't know how helpful I'll be to those in the UK. I've found leather at craft stores and fabric stores, which includes chains like Michaels. Tandy Leather is good; Their stuff is available both online and in-store. Check to see if there's a Tandy in your area (they have a store locator on their site). Failing that, see if there any small business leather shops in or near your city. I've found some great ones in the most obscure places. That said, you may need to use the 'ol phone book to find them.

Hello,

Can I ask how much leather material you used and where you got it from - hardest challenge I am facing yet haha - FINDING THE MATERIALS!

Thanks

Kion Designs (author)  KimberleySusan1 month ago

Hey Kimverley,
oh believe me I know!!D:
please have a look at the 'technical drawing' of the book. there you can see my meassurements and calculate every area 2x.this is is the total amount of leather you'd need.
The leather itself is from ebay. soit is a bit poker to find the right one. I prefer light brown to cognac color.
hugs.
Kion

Hi Kion,

Thanks for getting back to me. Yes it is very difficult to find the leather as most in USA and shipping is shocking to the UK! Been on loads of sites and still no luck but I'm not giving up! Definitely want to re-create one of the most important pieces of equipment from Supernatural!
Can't NOT have a journal!

Kimberley.

Kion Designs (author)  KimberleySusan1 month ago

no problem, Kimberley.
Mh yes it is pretty tough to find sth. espacially when shipping should be available for certain countries. Maybe you have some leather working shops close by or a shoemaker tht can give you some left overs?
Never give up! no hunter would ever give up ;)

Kion

SoraW1 month ago

Do you sell such self made items, too?
I'd be interested in buying one. ;)

Kion Designs (author)  SoraW1 month ago

hey SoraW,

thx for showing your interest in my work. I do comission this journal. Price depends on your choice of material and additional details.
Please check out

https://www.facebook.com/KionCosplay/photos/a.3594...
and contact me there for more info :D

How do you attach the strap? Do you glue it on the back or sew it? Also, How and when do you add the pockets?

Hey Rachel,

thx for the questions. Let me try to answere them as good as possible :D
1. I used superglue to put the strap on the journas back.but you can also shape it so you can sew the strap right onto it like the seam going aroung the book.
2. in step 3 you can see that the pockets are single and loose. you have to make and sew them before attaching them to the rest. In fact, sewing all aroung the journal is (excluding the strap) the very last step to do! this way the pockets are fixed with the main body of the journal and still be able to use.

I hope this helps you and please feel free to ask away more questions if so. :)

Dr MonkeyMan10 months ago
Should include a guide on how to get revenge on slenderman.
Nice!
bruce500010 months ago
love the supernatural show nice A hunters diary
if you see crawly dont talk to him lol
Kion Designs (author)  bruce500010 months ago
haha thank you!
You mean the king of hell?
Well actually, he is my fav villain^^
http://ask-king-crowley.tumblr.com/
and this is my cosplay blog for crowley XD
like the villain i dont want to hang out with the king of hell ya know
acousticlinux10 months ago
The US Marines Rifle Expert badge is an interesting touch.