Introduction: Simple Leather Case for Field Notes

Field Notes and Moleskine Cahier Journal are great EDC notebooks. However neither brand is as durable as I would like so I designed this leather case to give a second skin to the notebook.
What you will need:

  • Some thin leather ( about 1.5mm thick)
  • 2 leather sewing needles
  • Waxed thread
  • Laser Cutter

Step 1: Laser Cut the Parts

Use the attached SVG to laser cut the pieces of leather out.

It may be necessary thin out the leather after cutting it to get it down to 1.5mm thickness.

You can also dye and seal the leather at this point.

How to dye leather by jessyratfink

Step 2: Fold the Leather

This is a great guide little guide on how to fold leather.

How to make folds in leather by jessyratfink

Step 3: Stitch the Leather Pieces Together.

Another great guide on how to stitch leather.

How to saddle stitch leather by jessyratfink

Step 4: Done!

Insert your notebook and get to work!

Comments

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Canoeswamp (author)2016-03-27

For those of us who do not have access to a laser cutter, and/or cannot open the template file, would you be so kind to post the template as a doc or as a pdf? Thanks,

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enderwigin (author)Canoeswamp2016-03-27

The template is a an SVG file it can be opened in any web browser. It can be edited in a free program called inkscape. https://inkscape.org/en/

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Canoeswamp (author)enderwigin2016-03-27

Yes, it did ope in my browser. Now, would you be so kind as to give the dimensions? I have made two, and even though I increase the size each time, they are still too small. Thanks.

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enderwigin (author)Canoeswamp2016-03-27

The design should be 152mm tall so if you scale it uniformly to to 152mm tall it should all work.

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Canoeswamp (author)enderwigin2016-03-28

Outstanding. Thanks.

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Canoeswamp (author)enderwigin2016-03-28

Outstanding. Thanks.

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jmiller-9 (author)2015-04-01

with only slight modifications once could also add an extra loop at the spine for pencil/pen as seen here:
http://contemporarymasculine.com/archives/786#.VRw9y_nF9AI

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saintez (author)jmiller-92015-04-19

That is a nice feature.

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saintez (author)2015-04-19

Love this ~ thanks for making it so easy. I'm gonna try this.

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peppypickle (author)2015-01-21

oh my gosh this is a gorgeous case! I'm so impressed! Thanks for sharing how to do this :)

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