Make your own leather bound journal with this tutorial. I have everything created for you in Cricut Design Space so this tutorial will be simple.
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My brother asked for a leather bound journal for Christmas and after looking at REAL leather journals I discovered they are EXPENSIVE! Why not make your own? With my Cricut Maker and a Knife Blade in your arsenal, you can make one too.
What you need for your leather bound journal
- Waxed Thread and Leather Needle
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Strong Grip Mat
- Light Grip Mat
- This Cut File
Start by cutting your leather. Have you ever cut leather? It’s pretty simple with your Cricut Maker! Put the leather on your strong grip mat and thread it through your machine. Make sure to move your stars to the edge of the bar so that it doesn’t put stripes through your leather.
Next you will load on your card stock onto your light grip mat. This is kind of a tedious process because you need to load and unload a lot for the inserts in your notebook but it will be worth it!
After this you will fold all of your papers in half and put them within the leather.
Use your waxed thread and needle to poke a hole through the paper and leather.
You will thread your thread through the two holes you created and tie it in a not on the inside of the book.
After threading in your pages you’ll also want to thread on your strap. Poke two equal holes in the back cover of your book and the strap and thread it on just the same as you did before with one knot on the inside of the cover.
After this I poked two holes for the button and threaded it on.
I then cut a hole for the button. First I cut it in a little rectangle but it still needed just a bit more space to slide over the button so I extended it until it went on tightly but still slipped on ok.
After you finish the button you are all done!
I can’t wait to give it to my brother. It really turned out so cool. If you prefer lines you could totally line them using your Cricut pen too. My brother is a doodler so I thought he might prefer blank pages!