DIY Tutorial: Handmade Notebooks

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Notebooks

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!


DIY Notebooks

  • Printed covers (You can download them here or make your own)
  • A4 size paper
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Awl (or anything sharp and strong enough to make holes through a few sheets of paper)
  • Scissors
  • A pen


  1. 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.
  1. 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).

DIY Notebooks

  1. Draw five to six evenly spaced dots along the spine of the notebook and use an awl to make holes through these dots.

DIY Notebooks

  1. Thread your needle, tie a knot at one end and take it through the first hole starting from inside the notebook.

5 DIY Notebook

Weave the thread starting from the top hole till the bottom hole following the steps below:

DIY Notebook

When you reach the end, make a couple of knots using the needle and cut the remaining thread with a pair of scissors.

  1. When it’s done, this is what the notebook looks like!

DIY Notebook DIY Notebook

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.

DIY Notebook

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 FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


  • Nice idea! I’ll definetly make this, love it! Nice job :))

    • Thank you! Do share pictures when you try it 🙂

  • Have you ever noticed how expensive these sort of things are to buy? Seems ridiculous! Love this idea and look forward to trying it myself!!

    • I know, right? I made around ten notebooks for less than 250 rupees in total (that’s like 4 US dollars)! Do share pictures if you try it out sometime 🙂

  • Wow, I must try this sometime! Thanks for this! 🙂

    • 🙂 Do let me know if you try it out! They’re really easy to make and look adorable.

  • Ananya Tiwari

    Awesome! This is a bliss for a notbook hog like me! Thanks ! ?

    • Aww thanks Ananya! Send me pictures when you try it coz I know you will 😀

  • That’s so awesome!! Love them. I really want to make my own notebooks with my own covers. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Juni, glad you think that! 🙂
      Would love to see the notebooks you make. Do share pictures. 🙂

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  • Brittany

    I love these! Thanks for sharing a link to a website with the covers as well. Will definitely be trying 🙂

    • Thanks! Glad you liked the post 🙂 Would love to see the outcome when you try it out 🙂

  • Maca

    Isn’t this adorable! I want to make ’em so bad 🙂

    • Thanks! You should make them! Will take less than fifteen minutes to make 🙂

  • I love these little books! Thank you for the detailed stitching instructions. My art journaling friend would love one of these!

  • Sheena Leong

    They’re so lovely! Can’t wait to give it a try 🙂

  • Boyu

    I totally understand what you mean and what a great DIY 🙂

    Boyu xx

  • Pinning for later, what a great idea! Love the watermelon cover, these would be perfect stocking fillers (yes I’m thinking of Christmas already!) Also thanks for the little graphic for sewing, I find those so much easier to follow than written instructions.

    • Thank you so much, Victoria 🙂 And I found it a lot easier to explain it with a graphic than through text so it was a win-win 😀

  • Great tutorial. And your notebooks look great. So satisfying to have something unique to you.

    • So true! Love having customized notebooks that are unique to you 🙂 Thanks a bunch!

  • Your notebooks are so cute! I have a bad habit of buying notebooks and then not using them. Thankfully my kids love to color in them. These would make great on-the-go coloring books for little kids, too!

    • Thank you! I have the same habit too haha but it’s reduced ever since I started making my own notebooks 🙂 And yes, that’s a great idea!

  • Such a cute idea! So crafty!

  • Taylor Smith

    What a great and easy tutorial! Even the DIY challenged like myself could handle that.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Haha yeah, these are incredibly easy to make.

  • Sydney Power

    This is such a fun and cool DIY. I am totally going to try it!

    • Thank you! Do share pictures when you try it. Would love to see your notebooks 🙂

  • Jessica

    What a great idea!!! Loved how is the steps are to follow!

  • These look so pretty 🙂 I like the idea of being able to chose my own covers. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial 🙂


    • Thank you! Glad you think so. And yeah, that’s the best part – choosing your own covers! 🙂

  • Brianna Ray

    This looks great! And so fun to make 🙂

  • Surya Exim

    These Handmade Notebooks are so awesome! I Love very much.