Make a Midori Type Traveler's Notebook




Introduction: Make a Midori Type Traveler's Notebook

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.



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    13 Discussions

    "Parker" has the same ballpen design. My brother gifted my dad one.

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

    2 replies

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


    1 year ago

    Nice Instructable, very easy to follow. Good job!

    Where do you source your leather and refills?

    1 reply

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


    1 year ago

    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.

    1 reply

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

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