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Stop buying Moleskine or Field Notes notebooks and start making your own! It's super easy and saves you money and a trip to the store. This project uses a pamphlet stitch to bind a cute notebook.

Step 1: Gather your materials

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You will need:

- 5 sheets of blank printer paper, 8.5” x 11”
- a ruler
- a pencil
- an X-acto knife
- decorative paper for covers
- string
- needle

Optional book making tools: awl and bone folder

I had so much fun doing this! I didn't use a ruler, since everything was supposed to be in half I just folded it! No need for a ruler! I honestly feel so successful right now! Thank you! <3

emadson made it!1 month ago

Thank you SO MUCH!! Great tutorial!!! I've purchased countless Moleskine notebooks (Design Major....) so this is GREAT for my budget!! :D

KwartzKitten3 months ago
Nice use of the pamphlet stitch! If it's alright, though, I'd like to offer an alternate stitch for consideration; when you start through the middle hole and through the top hole, stitch next through the bottom hole and then back through the middle. That way you can tie the knot over the thread and keep it snug against the spine.
Carliejay3 months ago
Perfect gift for my best friend .
wicked. :)
AnikaF8 months ago

This was really fun, easy, and simple! :-)


rammstein21 year ago

"http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Print-and-Make-a-Book/" is a nice way too.

Instead of an awl I used a hobby helicopter screwdriver

I'm thinking whether a "clous tête d'homme" (aka finishing nails, panel pin, Round-head nail or headless nail) can do the job?

kidmissile2 years ago

Thanks for putting this together! I love Field Notes notebooks, but they can get expensive to collect. I've made my own notebooks similar to these, except I followed the FN style and simply stapled them. Takes a little experimentation & practice to staple it just right, so I want to try your sewn method!

I highly recommend using a corner punch, as a well used notebook will definitely get curled corners if you don't round them off. I prefer the squeeze type corner punch, like this Fiskars model—it's easier on the wrists and you can see that you've aligned the edges of the paper correctly before punching. Alternatively, you can simply cut 45° corners with an xacto knife or scissors, a la Battlestar Galactica paper. That works just as well w.r.t. non-curling corners.

Speaking of paper, especially for FN fans, you can print all sorts of customized graph paper, from basic grids to light grey dots, small crosses, or even music staves at http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/

kemcelroy (author)  kidmissile2 years ago
Thanks for your comment and helpful suggestions! I will definitely try out the Fiskars' corner punch (I've been looking for a new one), and I love the idea of printing out custom pages.
razorwinged2 years ago
Nice instructable! I wanted to share my instructable on how to make your own awl in case that you need a new small one... http://www.instructables.com/id/make-your-own-bookbinding-awl/