I’ve been looking for a travelers journal for quite some time now, but since I live in Switzerland things like that are hard to find and ordering one only would have me spending 50+ francs on shipping and taxes etc. So, I figured why not make my own. I’ve always been a bit of a crafty girl and I could definitely save a lot of money by doing my own travelers journal. In this post, I will show you how you can make your own faux leather journal.
What you will need:
– leather/faux leather/any kind of material you want
– 30 sheets of A4 paper
– a scissor
– a ruler
– a needle
– waxed linen cord/ any kind of thick yarn or thread you like
– an awl
– optional: pliers
Fold every sheet of paper in half.
Arrange them in 6 signatures (unit of several folded pages) with each signature containing 5 folded sheets.
Measure 43 cm in length and 23 cm in height off of your material and cut.
Measure 16 cm from the length of your material, mark and then measure 3 cm from there and mark. This will be your book spine.
On the spine measure 2 cm from the bottom and 2 cm from the top and mark.
From those 2 cm markings measure 7.5 cm.
On the 4 short vertical lines shown above, starting at the beginning of the line pierce a hole every 5 mm trough your material with your awl. If you don’t have one, use a thick needle instead. You should end up with 6 holes on every line.
Measure and mark 1 cm from the top and the bottom at the middle of your pages and from there measure 7.5 cm from the top and the bottom. Do this to all 6 signatures.
Pierce a hole through the marked points on your signatures.
With your needle and thread enter through the first hole on the bottom of one of your signatures then enter through the first hole on the left side of your material. If you are having difficulties using your pliers to pull the needle and the thread through. Come back up through the second hole vertical to the first hole, through your signature and material. Now pierce back down through the third hole vertical to the second hole. Come back up through the last hole on top. Continue, pierce down through the third hole, come back up through the second and pierce down to the first hole you started at. Don’t pierce through the leather only pierce through your signature.
To start the binding of a new signature, pierce through the second hole in your material next to where you started. That would be the second hole from the left. Now come back up through the second hole vertical to your starting point. Take another signature and pierce through the second hole from the bottom. Pierce back down through the third hole, through your signature and material and come back up through the fourth hole. Pierce back down to the third hole, come back up through the second and only pierce through the signature through the first hole. Repeat steps 10 and 11 until you’re done with all six signatures.
With your last signature, you want to pierce through the signature and the hole. Then come back up through the first signature through the second hole vertical to its first whole. Now pierce back down to the third hole vertical to the second hole and come back up at the fourth hole of the sixth signature. If you’re satisfied you can tie your knot here and you’re finished.
I proceeded to bind my leather journal a little differently. Et voilà! You finished your own faux leather journal. If you want to know how I use my faux leather journal check out this post.
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(Inspired by Cynthia Shaffer. Click here for her tutorial.)