How to Make a Leather Journal

If you are looking for tips on how to make a leather journal, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll cover how to use leather paint to make a cover, and how to attach closures and pocket pieces.

We’ll also talk about how to use rubber cement, glue, and folded card pieces.

Rubber cement

The first step in creating a leather journal is to make a cover. You can use rubber cement to adhere the leather to the cover.

Once it’s applied, you can then add a gold foil strip. This gold foil will adhere to the glue.

You can then use the gold side of the gold foil to adhere to the leather.

First, you’ll need to fold the leather flap. Then, you’ll need to secure it to the back edge of the journal.

Next, you’ll want to glue the leather flap into place. Make sure to place the glue in the space between the stitching line and the edge of the flap.

Make sure to avoid gluing the inside flap unless it’s burnished. Next, apply glue to the rest of the cover with PVA or strong glue.

Now, using a paintbrush, apply glue to the strap.

Start from the edges and work your way to the holes, leaving a small amount of space for a stitching channel.

You’ll want to let the glue dry for about fifteen minutes. Otherwise, the strap may slip out during the stitching process.

After applying the adhesive to the journal cover, you can add embellishments to it.

These embellishments can be anything from buttons and broken jewelry to turquoise.

The refinished leather journal looks and feels much more luxurious.

You can also use this technique to create a beautiful leather journal, regardless of its size.


To make a leather journal, all you need are basic tools, including glue.

You can also use leather glue to burnish the edges of the leather and wood.

This process will create a long-lasting journal. You should carefully care for your leather journal cover, as the flaps can curl over time if not properly taken care of.

However, you can reposition the flaps by lightly wetting the edges. You can also sand the leather cover to make it adhere better to the glue.

You can also use faux leather to make leather-wrapped journals.

The faux leather material is available in a wide range of patterns and textures.

This means that you can be very creative with your bookmaking.

However, faux leather covers are not as attractive as leather ones.

To make them more appealing, you can add fabric to the cover, which will add a decorative element and make it thicker.

The first step is to cut a piece of leather. This should be approximately 27cm x 12cm.

Be careful not to cut the leather too thin; it should have sharp edges.

Next, cut a piece of decorative paper to fit the leather band. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours.

If you have trouble sticking the ornamental paper to the leather, cover the leather strip with cling film.

Once the leather strip has dried, you can glue the pages to it.

When you have a finished leather journal, you can stitch it together using glue to reinforce the cover and secure it.

You can purchase glue to make leather journals from different suppliers.

Some common types of glue are Elmer’s Craft Bond, Jade 403, PVA, and wheat paste.

Just be sure to check the label to ensure that it’s acid-free.


If you have a leather journal, you can make a beautiful closure by attaching a magnetic clasp to the back of the journal.

You can use permanent adhesive or buttons to cover the clasp.

Another way to decorate the closure is to cover it with a turquoise stone or broken jewelry.

You can also refinish the leather journal cover to make it look luxurious.

The strap closure is one of the most popular choices for soft cover binding.

The strap can be made from leather or thread. The straps can be removed if you need to change the content inside.

Elastic closures are also available. They can wrap vertically around the journal and are also removable.

When making the closure, consider the thickness of the elastic and the size of the journal.

Finally, a tab closure is a great option if you want a simple way to close the handmade book without the need for glue.

To make a leather journal closure, you will first need to make a press stud.

It should be about 1/4 inch taller than the journal. Also, the journal should be 3.5″ wide inside the cover.

To stitch the press stud onto the cover, use a strong thread to sew the female half of the press stud onto the journal cover.

You can also use strong glue to adhere the press stud to the cover.

Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to start making the closure.

First, make sure the journal cover fits into the holes. Next, choose a thread color that matches the leather cover.

The stitching process will involve feeding the needle through the holes and coming up through the second set of holes.

When it’s finished, tie the knot and cut the thread.

Folded card pieces

First, prepare a needle and thread. The thread should be colored to match the leather cover.

Put the needle through the holes of the card stock and leather and stitch through.

The needle should go through the first three layers of card stock and two layers of foil. Continue to do this on all four layers.

Ensure that the thread is long enough to thread through the signatures.

The length of the thread should be at least twice the width of the journal.

To fasten the journal, use buttons, cords, elastic straps, velcro, or padlock attachments.

Once the signatures are in place, sew the covers together.

To make the templates, cut two or three sheets at a time. A sheet of thin card will yield about 24 7″ x 11″ folded pieces.

If cutting more than two sheets at a time, use a bone folder to make the folds more accurate.

Then, fold the A4 paper to make a template for the next two sheets.

When making the flap for the cardholder, place the opening of the cardholder facing the left.

This will prevent the cardholder flap from overlapping the leather cover.

To create the notch, use a utility knife and cut a notch that is about 1/4” deep between the two points.

You may want to use a steel ruler to ensure that your cuts are straight.

Rotary cutter

One of the best tools for making your own leather journal is a rotary cutter.

The rotary cutter is the ideal tool for cutting thin leather.

Although you can use a hobby knife for this task, you run the risk of the knife moving while cutting thin leather.

A rotary cutter allows you to cut the leather in a straight line without pulling it apart.

The magnetic clasp should be removed from the journal before cutting it.

Then, you can cover it with turquoise or other stones. This method will make your leather journal look and feel more luxurious.

You can use this technique on any size leather journal.

You should also make sure to secure the back edge with permanent adhesive before you begin.

Alternatively, you can purchase a suede journal from Anthropologie.

These are perfect as gifts, as they come with a blank page and a sharp pencil.

You can also make your own leather journal by using leftover leather.

You can either buy a pre-cut piece of leather or use a leftover piece of leather that you’ve cut.

The blade of your rotary cutter should last for at least a year, based on how frequently you use it and the material you cut.

However, this is only a guide. Once the blade begins to look dull or uneven, it’s time to change it.

If you are using your rotary cutter regularly, you can buy an extra blade, as this will prolong the life of the cutter.

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