This is a simple process to make a midori style TN, everyone can make one by following several simple steps below.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

To get start, you need to prepare some materials and tools:


  • Leather - here we use crazy horse leather, a kind of cowhide, with size litter larger than 21.5 x 25cm
  • Refill - 3 pieces with size 11x21cm
  • Elastic Band - about 1.5m length


  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Hold Punch

Step 2: Cut Leather & Punch Holes

Here we are going to make a 12 x 21.5cm notebook, so we need a leather around 25 x 21.5cm.

Measure out and cut with a ruler and cutter, then make 5 punching markers on back of the leather according to the last image showing, now use hole punch and hammer to get 5 holes.

The elastic bands is 2mm thick, so I used 2mm hole punch.

Step 3: Set Elastic Band for the Cover

First cut a 50cm length elastic band to connect the 4 holes on both sides, this band is used to fix notebooks.

Then cut a 30cm length elastic band and insert into the middle hole, it's used to wrap the cover.

Step 4: Set Elastic Band for Notebooks

Use a 50cm length elastic band to fix 2 notebooks through the centre.

Step 5: Set the Notebooks

First use the 3rd notebook insert from the outer layer elastic band, then insert the fixed 2 notebooks under the 3rd notebook and adjust them to a prefect look, wrap the elastic band and done.

See, it's very easy, right? Now it's your turn, action.

<p>Why is this called &quot;Midori style&quot;. The word means &quot;green&quot; in Japanese, but that doesn't seem to be the meaning here. Just curious.</p>
<p>In this case, it's a brand name of a popular notebook style.</p><p>http://www.jetpens.com/blog/midori-travelers-notebook-a-comprehensive-guide/pt/726</p>
<p>Nice Instructable, very easy to follow. Good job!</p><p>Where do you source your leather and refills?</p>
<p>I live in Hongkong, it's very easy to source the leather &amp; refills and other materials from mainland China.</p>
<p>Simple and easy to follow instructions. Most of all, I like the design and I feel certain it will be very functional. Saves me from purchasing another journal.</p>
<p>Glad to know your find it useful and hope to see your look.</p>
<p>Great looking notebook. A notebook like this would give me some real motivation to go on an adventure. </p>

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