I’ve always been a sucker for stationery and in the last one year, I’ve bought at least 20 notebooks, if not more (yes, I’m obsessed!). I also love DIY projects. So for today’s post, I decided to combine two of my favorite things and share with you a DIY tutorial on how to make notebooks yourself. These DIY notebooks are super easy to make and take as little as ten to fifteen minutes. And to top that, they’re very pocket friendly!
THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
- Printed covers (You can download them here or make your own)
- A4 size paper
- Embroidery thread
- Awl (or anything sharp and strong enough to make holes through a few sheets of paper)
- A pen
- Align the printed cover and the A4 sized sheets together. I wanted to make a light notebook that I can carry around in my handbag so I just used 15 sheets of paper.
- Fold them in half so as to form a crease in the center (you may want to fold them individually and then stack them together to get a neater fold).
- Draw five to six evenly spaced dots along the spine of the notebook and use an awl to make holes through these dots.
- Thread your needle, tie a knot at one end and take it through the first hole starting from inside the notebook.
Weave the thread starting from the top hole till the bottom hole following the steps below:
When you reach the end, make a couple of knots using the needle and cut the remaining thread with a pair of scissors.
- When it’s done, this is what the notebook looks like!
You might want to trim the edges to give it a neater look.
If you’re not too keen on stitching, you could also get them spiral bound at most stationery stores.
Here are a few of my DIY notebooks.
I thoroughly enjoyed making these DIY notebooks and found the whole process really therapeutic. Hope this tutorial was helpful and inspires you to make a few notebooks yourself! I’d love to see them if you try it out. You could send me pictures of it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.