My kids have been loving having their own personalized journals lately. I remember having collections of notebooks when I was a kid, full of my secrets and scribbles, and I’ve carried on my journaling to this day. I can’t always make it to the store to by them a new notebook, but words and scribbles feel even more important when they’re in a handmade journal anyway. Follow this tutorial and you’ll be stitching yours up in no time!
Here’s what you’ll need:
You’ll also need something to make your holes for stitching (not pictured)
Start by measuring out where you want your holes. It doesn’t really matter how many, but you want them close enough so that the stitches will hold the paper together.
After you’ve marked your holes, you need to make them. I cheated and used my husband’s drill press. You can use a bookmaker’s awl or anything else that suits your fancy–just keep the pages together so they don’t shift around.
Cut a generous length of string and start your stitching by coming up through the center of the spine, leaving a three-inch tail for tying off at the end.
Take your needle around the edge of the spine and back down through the original hole.
Come back up through the center and make a straight stitch over to the hole left of the center.
Continue stitching from the back to front, catching the pages with your string. Once you’ve reached the bottom, you’ll come back up towards the middle making straight stitches in the spaces you went passed.