Eco Craft: How to Make Your Own Journal?

Friends who have read my previous post It’s January, Start a Journal, have asked ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to make your own journal?’

Yeah, I suppose it would be.

But bookbinding is just not my kind of craft. There is far too much precision measuring, paper-cutting, stitching (use of needles), aligning, press studding etc for a haphazard person like me. Married with the fact that I am a perfectionist (not a good combination by the way), bookbinding would be suicide: either by-frustration or by bleeding-from-a-thousand-needle-pricks.

If you have the patience, tenacity and knack for working with paper, needles and don’t mind a little arm muscle workout, this is a great hobby to get into. I have seen some seriously creative journals made from many different paper material, and recyclable products. And they make super great gifts!

Here are some sites I found with good instructions on how to bind a book.

How to Bind a Leather Journal?
This is a great site that shows you step-by-step how to make your own moleskin leather journal. Each step comes with a photo image, and there are links to buy supplies as well. Make your journal eco-friendly by savaging leather from your local Salvation Army outlet, taking it from used leather jackets or handbags. After all, leather always looks better with age.

How to Bind a Fabric Journal?
This is another great tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to make your own fabric hand-bound book. For an eco spin, you don’t need to buy fabric when you can reuse old T-shirts, cushion covers, scarfs, even old curtains and upholstery.

How to Bind it the Japanese Way?
Of all the bookbinding techniques, this is probably one of the easiest and most straightforward. Again, the instructions are easy, comes with photo images and a video clip showing how to do the actual binding. It doesn’t get easier than this.


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