Introduction: John's Journal - a Hunters Diary

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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!

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

Step 4: Creating With Leather 2

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You sure have noticed that you can not simply glue the other big piece of leather onto the inside of the folder...
There is this nastly metallic clip ;)
all you need to do is make a cut right in the middle as long as the metal clip is.

Now you can glue the pieces together und kind of press the leather underneath the metal clip(if possible) to hide the edges.

Step 5: Finishing Journal-book

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You want it to look like it is sewn aroung the edges. You can do this by hand, but please don't hurt yourself. I myself used my sewing machine.

And it's done! I am quiet satisfied for just 1hour of work!
What do you think?
I am happy I could add the rifle pin and some pages already - yet still, having it completed will still take a while.

I hope my step-by-step tutorial helped you guys and whoever would like to have or make one I kept the if someone wants me to do one for him or her.I am open for the commission!:D

Step 6: +Pages

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I started recreating some of the journals pages for my own one and these are a few examples.

I am so thankful to the 2 following bloggers which helped me a lot with their own research <3
1. DIY Johns Journal
2. Creating John Winchesters Journal

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CelinaSDichmann (author)2015-12-17

I absolutely love this! Would you consider taking pictures of the pages in your journal? I find the pictures on the two other blogs rather difficult to view and read. Also, did you write and draw on the pages yourself, or did you find a way to do it on a computer and print them out in the right scale?

Celina :o)

hey! idk if this is exactly what you want, but I found a page on pintrest with lots of good pictures of everything in the journal, including the pages, articles, pictures, etc. I also made a board of all the pages ive found, if you want to check that out.

if you find a free way to get the blank pages from the journal, do you mind telling me? I just need a pdf file or something like that, bc I want to print them off and make each page myself. thank you, and I hope the links help!

Hi, thanks for your answer, I am now following both boards. If I find the blank pages, or decide to make them myself, I will happily send them to you :D

KimberleySusan (author)2014-09-23


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!


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.

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!


Hi! The British version of eBay has a lot of different and cheap leather pieces. Just search 'leather scraps' on :o)

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 ;)


bonniejadour (author)2015-11-17

oh god it's beautiful

SherriB14 (author)2015-10-23

How are the pages done? what kind of journal pages were used

Kion Designs (author)SherriB142015-10-24

I looked closel at some referenc pics and recreated the pages as accurate as possible with adobe indesigns.

NinaG3 (author)2015-08-01

HI THIS IS GREAT but i cant open the links at the end of the tutorial :(

Kion Designs (author)NinaG32015-10-24

sry. these are no links. just a hint what to look for

Kade Godwin (author)2015-06-16

Wow Very cool instructable I have started making one myself :)

CatS2 (author)2015-04-19

Where did you find these measurements or did you make them up? Are they close accurate to the one on the show? And thanks for the tutorial. =)

Kion Designs (author)CatS22015-04-19

hex cat2,
I made them up, but used screenshots to get as close and accurate as possible. so this journal
but i need to recalibrate the meassurement to make it easies with din normed paper

EmileeM1 (author)2015-03-15

Could you post pictures of what the pages say, i am intrested in helping my friends make this journal as we are huge fans of the show, I have the leather part all done and sorted out, but i just need the inforrmation to fill it in. Please email me

Kion Designs (author)EmileeM12015-03-16

Hey Emilee,
to get all the texts is nearly impossible. you have to add some of your own ideas and stories.
Still, it is hard work to get some original ones and figure some out by using screenshots.
Have a look at these two great blogs. I used and asked them for some things,too. You should find a zip data with a lot of screenshots at the 2nd one

1. DIY Johns Journal
2. Creating John Winchesters Journal

Tobimaru_Shikatsu (author)2015-02-04

hello, I was wondering if the measurements for the leather will fit with this paper

comparing the meassurements of both my photo and the text of the etsy store pages they do NOT fit.
But feel free to use my photo as a guide and simply scale it up to your needs.

Classyfangirl08 (author)2014-11-24

really nice replica. I only have one problem. I can't find the leather. I know you said you bought it from ebay but i still can't find any. can you put a link of the exact one you bought? hope it's not a problem

hello CLassyfangirl08

finding the right leather is not the easy pie thing,true. SO here is what i bought(german ebay). Maybe this is helpful :)

hedelman (author)2014-11-07

I am going to be making one and this has been very helpful. I still have been wondering what the best place to find the army pins that are attached. Any suggestions?

Kion Designs (author)hedelman2014-11-13

hey hedelman,
ebay or shops that sell military batches.
you'd need the silver rifle expert,

U.S. Army Aviation School Fort Rucker Pin,

Bronze Star Ribbon,

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal,

Purple Heart Ribbon and

Vietnam Service Ribbon

hedelman (author)Kion Designs2014-11-18

Thank you so much for your help!

sarawinchester (author)2014-10-06

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!

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.

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: )

Macready (author)2014-10-04

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

Kion Designs (author)Macready2014-10-05

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

Macready (author)2014-10-04

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.

SoraW (author)2014-09-18

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

Kion Designs (author)SoraW2014-09-19

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
and contact me there for more info :D

rachel.esposito.988 (author)2014-09-15

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 MonkeyMan (author)2013-12-23

Should include a guide on how to get revenge on slenderman.


bruce5000 (author)2013-12-18

love the supernatural show nice A hunters diary
if you see crawly dont talk to him lol

Kion Designs (author)bruce50002013-12-18

haha thank you!
You mean the king of hell?
Well actually, he is my fav villain^^
and this is my cosplay blog for crowley XD

bruce5000 (author)Kion Designs2013-12-19

like the villain i dont want to hang out with the king of hell ya know

acousticlinux (author)2013-12-18

The US Marines Rifle Expert badge is an interesting touch.

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