Easy Bound Journal DIY
by Mark Montano Follow

This is by far the easiest way to bind a book, journal or sketchbook using vinyl or leather as a cover.  Watch the short video tutorial here: 




  • Stuff You'll Need
    Sewing machine
    Americana Decoupage Paper (decorative paper)
    E-6000 glue
    11" x 17" vinyl or leather
    Americana Stick On Stencils
    Twine (that matches the vinyl)
    Americana Multi-Surface Metallic gold
    Pinking shears
    Office copy paper

    5 years ago
  • Here's how: 

    1.  Trace a folded piece of copy paper on the inside edge of your vinyl
    2. Move it over 1/2" and trace it again 
    3.  Add 3" more and then 1/2" all the way around
    4.  Cut it out with pinking shears
    *This is the cover (with flap) and it will be about 14 1/2" x 9 1/2"
    5.  Edge the vinyl with metallic gold using a dry brush technique
    *This will give it an aged and gilded look
    6.  Stencil on the cover with more metallic gold lightly dabbing with a dauber
    7.  Cut decoupage papers to 8 1/2" x 11" and create a stack of copy paper with the decorative paper on top
    8.  Draw a line down the center and stitch the pages together
    9.  Make about 8 - 10 stacks and fold them on the stitch line
    10.  Clip them together and add a generous amount of E-6000 glue to the folded edges
    11.  Secure them in place while they dry
    12.  Clip a small hole in the flap and add a long piece of twine for a tie

    5 years ago
  • I love how antique they look!

    5 years ago

Discussion 0


Welcome to Kollabora

Get the best DIY projects, patterns, and inspiration straight to your inbox!