DIY handmade Leather Journal

How to make a diy handmade leather journal by Joy P

A  must try diy handmade leather journal tutorial. Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a diy handmade leather journal for myself. And this is just perfect. A unique, vintage but practical leather journal.

Before starting my diy handmade leather journal,
I searched a lot of tutorials and videos on the internet. Either the leather journals are too simple, or the tutorials are too complicated. Since I didn’t find one that would satisfy me, So I decided to try my own way.
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Prepare the materials and tools: This list contains affiliate links.
tutorial - cutting
 tutorial - Measuring
 tutorial - Inserts
First, cut the height of the leather cover according to the size of the journal insert. I am using passport size notebooks as the inserts, the height is 12.5cm, and the cover should little larger. I therefore make it with 13cm.
 tutorial - attaching inserts
 tutorial - inserts hole punch
 tutorial -insert holes
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First punch holes in the leather according to the Hole Punching Diagram. Further more, since I want the leather journal to be neither too thin nor too thick.
5 layers of inserts with around 150 sheets are just great.
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Use the same way to punch holes in the journal inserts.
Now we are ready to sew the inserts into the leather cover.
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Put the rough side of the leather up, pass the needle through the 1st insert and hole A1.
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Stitch back through the hole A1 and leave a loop-1 on the smooth side.
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Stitch through hole A2 from the inside.
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Then hole A3 from the outside.
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And hole A4 from the inside.
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Stitch back through the hole A4 and leave a loop-2 on the smooth side.
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And then stitch through hole B4 from the inside.
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Pass the needle through the loop-2 and stitch through the hole B4 and the 2nd insert.
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Sewing the 2nd insert. When this step was done, the needle is on the outside of hole B1.
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Pass the needle through the loop-1 and stitch back through the hole B1.
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Now we need to tighten the loose loops and go to the next.
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So make a knot to keep the inserts from falling apart. Up to now, only 2 inserts were fixed.
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Keep sewing the 3rd insert. And pass the needle through hole C1.
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Then pass the needle under the thread between hole A1 and hole B1.
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Similarly, stitch back hole C1 and get a nice sewing pattern.
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Also Get the 3rd insert sewn.
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Then Use the same way to sew the 4th and 5th inserts.
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In addition, Make a knot in the 5th insert. To now, the body part is ready.
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Also Cut off the spare leathers, and cut a curve side to make the cover more elegant.
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lastly, Cut a long leather strap to use to close the leather journal.
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Finally, a unique, beautiful and vintage look handmade leather journal.
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tutorial - cover flap
Personally, I am more than very happy with this try although the binding system is a bit complicated. Besides, it’s well worth it.
Would you like to share how to make your favourite leather or other prayer journals? Share in the comments below.
Source: https://www.septemberleather.com/blogs/sp/how-to-make-a-leather-journal
Photo credits: https://www.septemberleather.com/blogs/sp/how-to-make-a-leather-journal

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