Little Leather Journal Tutorial

As I promised in my last blog post, here’s a leather journal tutorial. It’s based on a stitch from Keith Smith’s second book, Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings called Triple Chain stitch but I’ve modified it to make it simpler. Below the video are a list of tools and supplies.


Rotary cutter or craft knife with fresh blades
Quilting ruler
Cutting mat
Bone folder
Japanese hole punch with 2mm tip
Punching cradle
Needle (I used a #18 blunt)


Paper for signatures (pages)
Lightweight 2oz leather, 5” x 12”
Graph paper
3ply or 4ply waxed linen thread
Scotch tape
Suede cord

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

8 Thoughts on “Little Leather Journal Tutorial

  1. Sharon Esmont on March 26, 2019 at 4:36 pm said:

    Oh that is such a lovely leather book. I’m going to dig out my leather and start working on making my own little book. Thank you for the well done video. You did a great job of explaining each step.

  2. glacken2016 on March 26, 2019 at 8:01 pm said:

    Ali, This is another great tutorial. I definitely want to try this. Thank you very much!

  3. Cheryl Steffenella on March 27, 2019 at 10:05 am said:

    Thanks Ali! I’m off to try this one!

  4. JoAnn Campisi on March 27, 2019 at 5:44 pm said:

    Wonderful tutorial – Thank you!

  5. Bonnie on March 27, 2019 at 7:08 pm said:

    Thnak you Ali.

  6. Claire on March 30, 2019 at 7:44 pm said:

    Thanks again for all your inspiration – love this book and hope to try it soon:)

  7. Marilyn Handis on April 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm said:

    Hi Ali. Is the cord you used to close the journal 1/8″ or 1/4″? Also, is it suede or deerskin? I tried to find it on the Tandy website.

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