Introduction: Make a Midori Type Traveler's Notebook

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 5: Set the Notebooks

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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.


TANNY_HD_1 (author)2017-06-25

hey can you tell me which pen did you used in the thumbnail

Hi, it's ballpen and as a corporate gift, no idea what the brand is.


PaulM259 (author)2016-11-15

Why is this called "Midori style". The word means "green" in Japanese, but that doesn't seem to be the meaning here. Just curious.

cstrickler (author)PaulM2592016-11-15

In this case, it's a brand name of a popular notebook style.


Soose (author)2016-11-15

Nice Instructable, very easy to follow. Good job!

Where do you source your leather and refills?

septemberleather (author)Soose2016-11-15

I live in Hongkong, it's very easy to source the leather & refills and other materials from mainland China.

Seo10 (author)2016-11-15

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.

septemberleather (author)Seo102016-11-15

Glad to know your find it useful and hope to see your look.

3366carlos (author)2016-11-13


DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-11-12

Great looking notebook. A notebook like this would give me some real motivation to go on an adventure.

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