I've been wanting to try to make my own book for a while now, in fact ever since I saw my sister with a really cool looking leather bound writing book, especially when I knew how expensive it was!
The one sentence that has my husband's eyes rolling more than (most) any other: "I could totally make that myself!"
And so I did!
Here's how to did it, I got:
Printer paper cut in half (A4) there's four stacks there not pieces!
I also used my unpicker (used in sewing, not sure what it's real name is...)
A piece of coordinating card
Needle and coordinating thread
First fold your paper in half to your desired page size.
Use your paper as a template for how big you want your leather cover, but add a little on the top and bottom.
I used my "unpicker" to make holes through all the paper (I just placed each pile inside each other).
Cut a piece of card slightly smaller than your leather, smear with PVA/white glue and stick in place.
Fold in half while it's still wet, but don't crease, you just want a bend like below...
Then place the paper inside the book.
Using the holes in the paper as a guide make holes in the cover so they line up.
Then sew through your holes tying a knot in the end (you can see mine on the left).
Go through a few times till it feels secure, then tie a knot and trim.
Aaaaand you're done!
I'm actually quite pleased that I was able to not only make something for my 22 year old brother that he liked, but also be able to do it without spending!