Trying to make your own fashionable leather journal? Learn how to do so in this guide!
Creating personal leather journals can be intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy. Albeit time-consuming, you’ll be rewarded with a unique and interesting diary on your hands. This guide will give you some tips on how to make your first leather journal!
What Materials Do I Need?
When creating personal leather journals, always inspect the materials first. The quality of your materials determines the final result of the journal. Here are the most common materials you’ll need:
|1mm round lacing, any color||Cosmetic sponge|
|2 each Deertan 8-1/2″ x 11″ trim pieces:||Punch board|
|Stylus||3/32″ lacing chisel|
|5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ x 3/4″ blank book||2 Prong lacing needle|
|3/32″ medium brown leather lacing||Straight Edge/Ruler|
Remember, your sample journal should be used with low quality leather. You don’t want to waste your good material on an unfinished design. By using cheaper pieces, you can mold the leather until it fits the cover size of your journal.
How to Make the Journal?
Create the Pages
First, you’re going to have to make the pages of your journal first. As a rule of thumb, the smaller you make your journal, the easier it is to find paper scrap to make it. You can use recycled paper or new paper to get started.
Next, you have to create a template. We suggest that you make it around 8 x 12cm. If you want to make it longer, make sure that the measurements are congruent with the rest of the pieces.
Cut the pages to the desired length and start folding them. Fold the pages in halves, then fold them into one another. Try to make small booklets. Mark small holes where you want to make an incision on the journals. This will help keep the paper aligned once we start adding in the leather.
Cut the Leather
Now that you have the paper properly formed, its time to do some leatherworking. Start by cutting the leather into a long rectangle. With one side rounded and one side flat, long enough to be fully wrapped around the booklets.
We’ve made ours 22 x 8.3 cm. Make yours to whatever size you like!
Place the folder that you’ve created, and put it on the flat edge of the leather.
Start sewing in your leather journal. Start with the leather, the cardboard, and then the first booklet. Next, start sewing in and out of the holes. Then move through the second set of holes, and sew in the second booklet.
Take time when doing this process. Once you’ve reached the last booklet, tie a knot on the outside of it.
Lastly, you’re going to need string to finish up your leather journal. Make holes with the awl, and sew the edge and the middle piece together. On average, the string will be around 42 cm.
You’re done! You’ve completed making your first personal leather journal! When making them, understand that it will get better as time progress. Ultimately, keep practicing, and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful journal to write all of your memories in!