I often get asked about a simple closure type I use on my leather journals, the button stud. I used it recently on this book I made for a friend to give as a gift and I took a few extra photos to share with you.
I purchase the button studs from Tandy Leather and I like to use the 3/8″ or 5/16″ size but you might choose a larger or smaller one depending on the size of your book. I like that they come in different finishes, so you can choose a metal that coordinates with your book’s style.
Once the binding is complete, choose a strip of contrasting leather for the strap and cut it to size. The width will depend on the size of the journal and the length needs to wrap around the two book covers. I usually attach the strap to the back cover 2/3 cover width from the fore edge and the 1/3 cover width from the fore edge of the front cover. But choose proportions that please your eye.
Sew the strap to the back cover using a stitch that coordinates with the one on the spine.
I use a Japanese Screw punch to create at hole in the strap and in the front cover, but use whatever hole punch you have. Make sure that the hole in the cover is a little smaller.
Unscrew the two halves of the button stud, place the stud over the hole on the front cover and the screw on the back of the front cover. Re-join the two halves together and tighten by hand.
Trim any excess leather from the end of the strap using a sharp knife or rotary cutter.