Make your own Soft Leather Sketchbook or Notebook from scratch

Sunday 1st September


10am - 4pm


Learn how to make 2 styles of soft leather cover books, including a cute little book with ribbon closure, and a traveller’s style notebook with removable inserts.


Course Details:


For the ribbon close book we will first prepare the inside pages of the book and will cut the leather to size. There will be a demonstration of laminating the inside of the leather with a decorative paper. We will then make the holes for sewing and will sew the pages into the cover using a simple exposed stitch book binding technique, finishing off with eyelets and ribbon close.


The traveller’s style notebook will begin with cutting out the leather cover, and then using a range of different papers to make 3 inserts using your choice of papers. There will be an explanation of how to accommodate 1, 3, or 5 removable inserts.


If time allows there will be a demonstration of making a leather book with wrapped waxed cord binding


Items for students to bring


Basic drawing tools: pencil, eraser, sharpener

Cutting tools: cutting mat (A3 minimum, or larger if you have it), cutting or craft knife (please make sure it has a sharp blade), metal ruler

Large eye blunt needle eg tapestry needle size 20 or similar


The following tools can be borrowed from the tutor but if you have them please bring them to avoid the need for sharing.

Bone folder (for creasing paper)

Small awl / braddle (for making holes in paper and card)

Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper)


Extra tools & materials


The £10 cover charge includes all materials needed to make two books during the workshop.


A small selection of tools and linen threads will also be available to purchase on the day, if desired.


Age 17+ (no exceptions - for more info. on our Young Adult courses, click here: Young Adults Workshops)


Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Bookbinding - Make a Soft Leather Sketchbook / Notebook with Janina Maher

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