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hand stitched leather notebook cover
Or something else you want to throw in
This insurance came through a friend of mine who owns an insurance company and he wants to buy some nice leather covers for the notebooks his agent uses in front of customers.
We outlined the idea, made a few prototypes, and then solved the problem on the design.
The last one I made, I took a bunch of pictures and wanted to put them together.
Hope you like it and find it helpful.
Tool material you can take the time to make some templates or just measure and cut 4 pieces.
Size can be found on the template picture.
The size of the pen holder is the standard Bic/paper companion style pen (
Or mechanical pencil).
If you use a pen with a larger diameter, adjust its total length when you cut out the pen/card clip.
I cut the leather with a tool knife and straight edge.
I bought 100 packs of blades and I use a new one whenever the blade starts to dull.
Around the corner of the main cover and the outer corner of the front back cover piece.
I used a 3/8 washing machine. . .
You can use any size you want. . .
Or leave the edges directly in a square.
Tilt cut and cut on the business card holder.
For tilt, I make a mark on the top edge, 2 5/8 \"in\" from the right edge and 1 \"in\" down from the right edge \".
The gap is 2 3/4 \"in from the right edge.
The gap helps when sewn on the business card holder because the piece is not flat and it is wider so it can be bent to accommodate more cards.
I used a British point punch to cut the gap.
Mark the edge of the tailgate where the glue needs to go.
Mark the center line on the front cover and business card clip, also mark the glue line.
The first glue line is the left edge of 7/16 \"wide, and the second glue line is 5/16\" wide is the left hand side of 50mm days.
Slide the lower side of the left edge of the business card clip (
7/16 where is the glue line).
This edge is glued to the lower side of the front flap.
Apply Contact cement (Barge)
For all surfaces, wait for it to stick/dry and stick back to the flap and stick the edge of the business card clip to the front flap.
Tap the bonded edge with a mallet.
Fold the business card clip and align the right edge.
I marked the place where the glue was going with the awl.
If I stick to the shiny side of the oil-tanned leather, I will grind it a little with about 100 sandpaper before putting down the glue.
When you stick your business card to the front, line up carefully.
You can see how the card holder is wider than the flip cover, so when you glue it, it peaks in the center so that more cards can be placed in the card holder.
Next, I use the stitch collar to mark the stitch line across the edge of the cover.
The seam line is less than 1/4 from the edge.
I didn\'t cut the stitch slot, I just used the modeling spoon attachment to crease and mark the stitch.
Before gluing the front flap to the main cover, I will
Punch holes on the outside edge.
This will make it easier to punch through the pen holder/business card holder and the front flip cover.
Next, Mark and punch the stitching holes on the business card clip.
This will require stitching before sticking the front flap to the main cover.
It\'s time to stitch the edge of the business card sleeve.
I have included some pictures of the needle threading and locking it on the thread.
I am using saddle line trace, I finish line trace with a few pin back needle and melt the end with lighter.
Then I gently hammer the stitching with a rubber mallet.
There are a lot of great tutorials on how to do saddle stitching online. . .
So I will ask you to consult the internet if you have any questions. :)
Next, I marked the edge of the front cover on the main cover and where the glue would flow.
Again, apply the glue to both surfaces, let it dry a little bit, and then put the pieces together.
Tap the sticky front flap with a rubber mallet.
Now, punch through the entire edge of the cover and you can start stitching again.
I measured the thread and stitched the circumference of 1/2 at a time so that the length of the thread is easier to manage. A typical rule-of-
The saddle stitched thumb is 4 times the length of the part to be stitched.
4 times, the circumference of the cover is too much to manage when stitching. . .
So, open some tunes or open a movie and let the stitching start.
I would say it took me an hour and 20 minutes to sew on the cover.
Click on the finished stitching again.
I added a simple bookmark, made two holes with two prong stitch chisels near the top of the center lid and threaded a Tiger thread.
I tied it, melted the end, and at the bottom of the subject, I also tied a knot and melted it.
For my last step, I used a plastic bone clip to open the front and back flaps all the way in case any glue sticks the pieces together.
Now, you can use an edge slope, if you want, to bypass all exposed edges.
Some of them I cut diagonally and some of them I left the edge \"sharp.
Both ways look good. . .
So it depends on what you want to do.
Put your notebook and your favorite pen in and you\'re done!