Making Leather Notebooks - Bookbinding Basics | Nancy Sealy | Skillshare

Making Leather Notebooks - Bookbinding Basics

Nancy Sealy, Designer-Maker|Leatherworker|Instructor

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15 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Folding Pages

    • 4. Cutting the pages

    • 5. Making Signatures

    • 6. Preparing Signatures for Sewing

    • 7. Cutting Notebook Cover

    • 8. Making a Sewing Template

    • 9. Punching Sewing Holes

    • 10. Sewing Pages & Cover

    • 11. Making the Closure

    • 12. Making the 2nd Notebook

    • 13. Rounding Notebook Corners

    • 14. Adding Suede Wrap Closure

    • 15. Finishing Up


About This Class

  • In this class, you learn how to create a basic notebook.  We look at how to create the pages inside, fold, collate and sew them to the notebook cover. 

  • We investigate making a practice notebook made out of faux leather and then the second, make out of natural vegetable tanned leather. 
  • This class is suitable for beginners to leather crafting and to bookbinding.

  • You can use faux leather to create your notebooks.  In the first demonstration, I show you how to make a leather notebook cover using faux leather.  It’s a good idea to use cheaper materials at first, so that you don’t feel so stressed about working with an expensive leather.

  • You are introduced to basic bookbinding skills which you can use at home to create more notebooks in different styles.


1. Welcome: Hi. I'm Nancy from Never class. Welcome to this video tutorial where I'm excited to show you had to make leather notebook covers and also the pages inside. It's quite a simple process, Andi. Once you get into it, you'll be so addicted. So look forward to seeing you in the class. 2. Introduction : I guide you through measuring, cutting and stitching processes so that you can easily assemble your notebook cover and pages. The's notebooks are perfect for write in sketching or journaling. You will learn basic bookbinding skills these can use at home to fold collect stitch pages . Weather is making a secure closure rap. 3. Folding Pages: I'm using five regular sheets of paper everyday paper that I use in my printer. As this is just with practice, we don't need to use any fancy paper. Now. Carefully fold them in half, taking a time and trying to be as accurate in the folding as possible. This will enhance how your book pages lie and encourage them to lie flat. 4. Cutting the pages: to cut our paper in half. You can just use the scissors. Just go carefully as you can along the fold. You can also use a straight edge like this, quoting Brewer I'm using on a craft knife, taking your time to cut through the paper. Even the my favorite cutting option, however, is the paper cutter. It's quick on its accurate. Just take your time in bringing down the guillotine and mind your fingers, hold the paper down near the bottom so that it cuts even the 5. Making Signatures: gather the papers that you just cut. And now we're going to fold it again to make the actual notebook pages we're making on a six notebook hit. So we need our pages to be smaller again. Fold this accurately is you can taking your time and making a soft photo at first with your fingertips, you should end up with 10 voted pages. Stack them in the order you folded, um 6. Preparing Signatures for Sewing : now insert them one into the other years of bone folder to make a crease. If you don't have a bone folder, who's a pen or something, which is flat? 7. Cutting Notebook Cover: I'm using a foe that to make my practice cover thistle is a good idea. You can then use this as you'll learn in the process as a template. Cut a section from your fat break and they the folded pages for your notebook on it. To get an idea off the length and width off fabric to cut drew out with a ruler on a pen and cut. It's a good idea to recheck that you are happy for the signs of your cover and pages. Cover should be about one centimeter or quarter inch larger around. - Clean up any bits you may have missed when, captain and to make sure that you're happy with shape. 8. Making a Sewing Template : choose a piece of paper or card stock for your template. It should be the same. Height is your page and fold it in half. Used a bone folder to smooth the middle down. Place it in the middle of your pages to double check. It matches the height. Now measure about one centimeter down from the top of the temp ICT and to make a lock, do the same at the bottom. Now fold the template in half to find its center and to make a mark. Now we're going to make three holes in the mocks we've just made use a hole punch if you have one or a needle full and or or any job point. 9. Punching Sewing Holes : Now it's time to punch holes in our folded pages. Use binder clips toe hold everything together or close pegboard dude. Ensure the template is sitting right in the middle of the pages. Now, holding the pages steadily on the table. Use your all to punch the holes we need for so in. Be careful not to poke your fingers. You can use it again. If you think the sun in holes, I'm a bit too small. Now it's time to punch the holes in the cover again. Make sure you're okay with a look of everything and use. Find Eclipse toe. Hold the pages to the cover. We're going to use the holes in the pages to punch through to the cover again. Usual. Or to do so, - you may have to go back through the holes again. If you can't see them clearly on my dog fabric. There quite hard to see 10. Sewing Pages & Cover : you can use any thread. You have all the linen or waxed thread, his best as they're really strong. Waxed thread like I have here come in many different colors. It's best to use a needle with a lunch knows I use a sadness needle blocks of thread by passing it with the needle. It creates a not pull it to tighten it. This'll lock stitch stops your needle. Slipping off the thread is you so which can be very, very annoying. Begin by pushing your needle through the center of the pages on right through the cover. If you can't get your needle through the cover, I recommend you remove it and make a larger whole, as I had to do here. Pull the needle through so that a small 10 of it, about three inches or seven centimeters long It's hanging. Now let's re attempt that cover. This book, lined in stitch, is known as a pamphlet stitch. After going through the center coming up the back cover G O into the top hole from the outside cover and through the pages again, make sure everything is quite tight. But be careful not to pull so tight that you rip your pages. Now carefully re insert the needle through the middle hole and check that you do not pierce through the thread from the first stitch. This can cause knots and weaken your stitch in now, Passed a needle through the last hole in the bottom and pull through. Make sure everything looks nice on that. The stitches are not loose. When you are happy with everything, it's time to tie or not again. Try and keep it quite tight. Pull the thread ends towards the top and the bottom of the notebook. When you're finished, cut the thread ends, leaving a tell off about one centimeter. Now check your handiwork. 11. Making the Closure : by I or using a Really, if you want to make a mark to line up with pages, sent a whole market cover on the inside about the coffin in from the edge and make the whole to spread your closure through. I'm using a small hole punch so I make several hose, and then these might a war to clean things up. Get the fabric you'll be using for your closure. You could be the same or different from the one you used to make the cover. You'll a straight line and cut test to see if it's long enough for your liking. I want my closure to wrap around two times, so I just signed to cut some more. Next, make a point on the end off the closure by using your scissors to snip bits off. This makes it easier to thread through the hole once you thread it through the whole tire regular, not on full tight. Then wrap it around your notebook to see how you like it. You might decide to just a length as I do here. This hasn't it increased at the top of Hayhoe 12. Making the 2nd Notebook : Now I cut it out or stiff a lever. Just show you a different look. 13. Rounding Notebook Corners : use a coin or a rounded objects and place it at the corner, drew around it. Then cut it out and repeat this process for all your corners, front and back just inside the mark you've made so that this doesn't show on your finished notebook. 14. Adding Suede Wrap Closure : booth closure To be for this cocksure, I'm using some red suede cord to match the red stitching. Measure it out to the length you want and how often you want it to wrap around your notebook, threaded through the back and make two regular notes and snip off the excess. Wrap it around your notebook and then talk in the end. So this is how I finished notebooks look, the 1st 1 made out off both cheaper leather on the other one, made out of vegetable tanned ever. This one is stiffer on stronger than the one we made area both great notebooks and a usable well, it's a really good idea to practice on less expensive materials first. 15. Finishing Up : well done for completing the leather notable editorial. I hope you enjoyed it on. I'd really love to see all the notebooks that you created so thes. Do upload those to the classroom board so we can all see them look forward to seeing you in its class by now.