February 8, 2013

DIY Handmade Leather Notebook

I'm not big on giving or receiving special or lavish gifts for Valentine's Day. Why can't all the other days of the year be just as meaningful and loving? However, it can be nice to have an occasion to set aside time to be with your special someone and exchange simple tokens. When my boyfriend asked for me to craft him a notebook small enough to fit in a pocket, I jumped at the opportunity to create something simple but made with love and not covered in hearts and glitter. It's easy enough to put together yourself this weekend, should you need a small gift idea!

Tools and materials:
String and large needle (not pictured)
Craft knife and cutting surface
Sturdy paper, cut into 5x8 inch sheets (or your choice) and folded in half

Cut a piece of leather the size of your paper (unfolded) plus a 1/2 centimeter (or more-- you can always trim later) allowance on each side.

Puncture holes through the stack of paper along the fold, and sew them together with the needle and string.

Glue the top sheet of paper to the wrong side of the leather. Repeat for the back cover, and let dry. Press the notebook between heavy objects to flatten.

Simple, no? For ways to embellish a notebook like this, check out A Pair and a Spare's use of gold leather, or Lovely Indeed's use of metallic foil leaf.


  1. Nice. I'm making another leather journal this weekend. They are addictive.

  2. Cool, I have lots of pieces of leather to make several notebooks! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. This is great, It is so hard to find a good leather notepad that's the right color and with the right paper. And as someone who is leather obsessed, I can't believe I have never thought of this! THANK YOU!


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