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Bookbinding at Home Part 3: Covering a Journal with Leather

Here is the last video in our first bookbinding tutorial series: Bookbinding at Home. Thank you all for following along and sharing your books. We are so psyched to see all of the books that have come out of these tutorials! We hope you find comfort in the process of binding your books as well as filling them. There is certainly a lot to document right now— in both pictures and words. ⁣

We love seeing your books and sharing in our Instagram stories and posts (@pegandawl) – be sure to use #quarantinebookbindingclub and/or #pegandawlbinds on your social media posts so we can find you!⁣

Project No. 3: Covering a Journal with Leather

Here is what you will need:

Leather – If you have scrap, an old jacket or wallet, anything soft and malleable, have it ready! Scraps of many colors are also available from many sellers on Etsy.
Fabric – This will replace mull (a starched cheesecloth) that will be glued directly to your book block to strengthen your book.
Thread – For the headband. Aim for something thick that will take up space. You can also use a pre-made headband.
Scissors – For trimming your cover. If you are using leather for your cover, make sure they are sharp!
Hammer – For shaping your book block. Be sure it is clean as it will be coming in contact with your paper! (I used a rock hammer and my pages don't hide it!)
Glue – For gluing your leather to the front and back covers of your book. Elmers works!
Heavy Book – This will be your book press! Any heavy book will do, though I find art books (and their dense pages) perfect for the job!


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Thank you all for these sweet comments! So pleased you are enjoying the tutorials. Samantha – yes! You will find your own aesthetic through practice, and Marcela – THAT is amazing!!! Cannot wait to see what you make with the chaps!

Your work is so beautiful, your aesthetic so appealing. Thank you for your generosity. The video tutorial series is really great and I find myself going back just to watch over and over.
My challenge is to find my point of difference, my aesthetic, my style! It’s tough when everything you make speaks so loudly to me! Thank you 😊

This was a quarantine lifesaver! I cannot thank you enough for these videos! They kept me VERY focused, I learned patience, and produced, when it’s dry, I hope a very cool little journal. I went digging through a barrel of chaps scraps tossed at King’s Saddlery here in Sheridan, WY, and it only cost me 5 dollars. Best investment, ever. Perfect for these times!

Great video! I’ve been wanting to try this, and this video is just the ticket! Thanks!

This was such a great series of bookmaking / bookbinding tutorials!! I can’t wait to make my own sketch / watercolor book and am already planning gift possibilities too. You’re a terrific teacher!! xo

I am loving these book making tutorials. They are so clear and easy to follow and the books are beautiful. I will try and start some !! So much to do and soooo much time to work on them. Thank you.

Always inspiring. Blessings on you and yours

Thanks for this! What a great project, and kudos to your for sharing.

Thank you for sharing your expertise. I really enjoyed watching these videos & plan to try to make my own book. I learned some new terminology too! ❤📚

Thank you so much for these inspiring bookbinding sessions! I really enjoy them!
Thank you again! Have a nice day!