More Little Leather Journals

Last month I taught another set of Little Leather Journal classes in my studio. These little books are so much fun to make, I thought I’d share some of the books we made this time around. If you’d like some ideas for making leather journals like this, please read my blog post called Tips For Making Leather Journals. All the books measure approximately 5″ x 3″ and have handmade paper pages.

The first is a triple chain binding and I decided to mix things up and use two different colored threads. You can watch a video on how to make this book here: Triple Chain Stitch Tutorial.
Triple Chain Journal

Another design was a simple chain stitch pattern that we repeated on three signatures, each one sewn independently. You can see the Chain Stitch Video here.
Chain Stitch Journal

For this next book I used cork fabric to create a journal with a diamond stitch pattern on the spine. This was probably the most tricky binding for my students.
Diamond Stitch Journal

The final two books feature a double cross stitch and barber pole pattern.
Double Cross stitch journal

pink leather journal with Barber Pole pattern

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

4 Thoughts on “More Little Leather Journals

  1. Sharon Meeker on August 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm said:

    Oh, Ali! These are precious. I’m going to give them a try as I’ve not done these bindings before. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  2. Thank you for sharing those instructions, I am not so good at following drawn instructions, seeing and doing is the way I learn. I’m making more books, still not many, and I am finding it so relaxing and satisfying.

  3. Hi Ali, these are super. I like the double cross stitch. Is there a tutorial for it? 🙏

  4. No questions, just a bit of awe over how lovely and interesting these are. I haven’t particularly cared for that first binding stitch, the triple chain, but find I really like it done in two colors. The double cross-stitch one has caught my fancy as well. Thanks for sharing these. Sounds like the class was much needed for all in order to concentrate on something other than the ills of the world. As for how I cope? I find both sketching and hiking do the trick!

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