Introduction: Recycled Notebook

This is a tiny notebook, but you can make yours the size you want. The idea is to reuse old paper, so every size is allowed.

You will need:

- a board to cut on

- a cutter

- a folding bone

- a ruler

- a pen

- an awl

- two needles

- some waxed thread

- cardboard

- and, of course, paper

I like to use all kinds of old papers, so here I use some pictures of magazines, books, and paper remains from other projects.

If you don't have a folding bone you can use for example a spoon. If you don't have all the materials, be creative. I'm sure you'll find something at your place.

Step 1: Cutting

Cut your sheets in 5x10 cm. pieces (sorry, no inches here!). Make groups of four sheets and then fold them with the bone folder one by one. Then regroup the sheets as in the picture. You can trim the ends to make them even.

I made six groups but you can make more or less if you like.

Step 2: Marking and Punching

Make one mark at 1,5 cm. and other at 3,5 cm. in every fold and then use the awl to punch a hole in the marks.

Now cut two pieces of cardboard of 5x5 cm. for the covers. Make two holes like in the picture, also at 1,5 cm. and at 3,5 cm. and leave 1 cm. of margin.

Step 3: Sewing

Now we will start sewing. We are doing an exposed spine book, so it will be a bit wobbly at the end, but you can open it entirely, and also you can see the lovely braid like stitching.

Make a square knot with the two thread ends and then thread each needle. You can watch the detailed sewing in the video above.

Tip: Make sure you don't make the knots too tight, otherwise you'll not be able to see the braided stitch.

Step 4: Done!

You can put some weight on your notebook over the night, so it doesn't open so much as now. You can also use a thread to keep it closed, or you can just let it be free :)

I hope you enjoyed it!

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