So I started getting interested in bookbinding. I think it's incredible that you can basically make a book using only leather, paper, and thread (and a tool to punch holes with). No glue required. You can make books as simple or as elaborate as you want, and you can make a journal exactly like you want. And there's just something special about writing in a book that you made yourself.
I haven't quite made one that I'm perfectly happy with, but this is the closest one so far. :) I think this is my third handmade journal, and my sixth handbound book.
I used fake leather for the outside and fake suede for the inside. I'm not one of those people who has anything against using real leather...I would have preferred it. This synthetic stuff is kind of yucky to sew (the wrong side of it is terrible) and it frays in a weird way. But Hobby Lobby is really limited on their leather and they don't sell the size pieces I needed. The tie closure is real leather, though.
It wasn't pleasant to sew, but it does look nice with its fake embossed design.
The binding. I just used the waxed thread (from the HL leather section) that I always use. I learned how to do this kind of binding from the video tutorials here.
The journal is about 6.5 x 9 inches closed. I finally remembered to do the cover flap on this one! I always forget to account for that when I'm measuring. :) Actually, I still accidentally cut the fabric a little small this time, but I had enough left over to redo it.
There's a little pocket on the inside cover. I also cut the tail of the binding thread long enough to make a bookmark, like usual.
There are six signatures, and each one has six pages folded in half. I use this art paper for the pages.
Making the book was fairly simple. I've thought about doing a tutorial on how to make a book like this...would anybody be interested in that? Let me know in the comments, and if enough people are interested, I'll see what I can do. :) I'm itching to do a real tutorial here on the blog, and I have a couple of ideas, but I'm sort of undecided so far.
Until next time,