DIY Leather Sketchbook

DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
Another leather DIY for Father’s Day! When Caitlin and I got together to go over projects we had in mind for Father’s Day, we noticed we had a lot of leather projects on the list! Dads and leather just go together in our book! This sketchbook is so quick and easy to put together, so if you’re still looking for a gift to give to dad this weekend – this easy DIY is for you.
DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
Using album posts for this sketchbook makes it easy for refilling the pages once used up – and I think gives it a little more of a manly touch. This sketchbook can also be made into a notebook by using lined paper instead of sketch paper. It’s also nice because you can make it any size you’d like – I think making mini, pocket size ones would be fun!
DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
What you need:

How to do it:
If needed, cut your leather to size. Fold leather in half and mark where you want your holes to be. Punch holes in leather. Cut paper to size to fit inside leather and punch holes in paper, making sure the holes line up with the holes in the leather.  Put the paper inside the folded leather and screw in the album posts.
DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
I think these handmade pencils would be the perfect sidekick for this sketchbook…Or jump on the leather bandwagon and make this leather pencil case to go along with your sketchbook!
DIY Leather Sketchbook @themerrythought
Any good last minute Father’s Day gift ideas? Do you usually make something or buy something? My dad is pretty basic – he always asks for shirts & socks…and his favorite – Coconut Clusters. But I like to try to make things if I can think of something I think he’d like. (This sketchbook was actually a birthday gift for Mike…I find it easier to craft things for him!)


  • onelFriday, June 13, 2014 - 4:45 am

    Neat idea! I would love one myself, a mini version is a good idea too 😉ReplyCancel

  • CarlyFriday, June 13, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    I never realized how simple something like this is to put together. Thank you for the tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Tamsin | A Certain AdventureMonday, June 16, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Really lovely DIY! I can think of several people who’d love to receive this as a gift. Now to work out where to source leather from in London. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • DwarkaMonday, June 16, 2014 - 8:29 am

    Where did you get the leather?ReplyCancel

  • Colleen PastoorMonday, June 16, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    SO smart to use the album posts. I’ve missed the boat for fathers day, but my dad’s birthday is just around the corner (and I’ll probably make one for myself too!)ReplyCancel

  • jejess6125Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 2:38 am

    How well do the pages move on the album posts? I am interested in using this method to make a journal of sorts, not necessarily sketchbook. Wondering if the pages would bend correctly to make a journal out of it.ReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, July 17, 2014 - 2:55 pm

      Hi – the pages are a little stiff to bend over the cover of the journal, but I can hold it open so that the whole page (on the right side) shows. I think the thickness of the paper you use (the paper I used was pretty thick), the length of the album posts and how full you fill the journal will determine how easily the pages move. But my journal does not stay open on it’s own (other than the cover)…I have to hold the pages once I turn them. Hope that makes sense…and helps!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleTuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    I think this would make such a thoughtful gift. I’ve featured it in a DIY Father’s Day Gifts roundup on my blog:

  • Maggie BakerMonday, July 11, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    Hello, may I ask where you got your leather from? I tried looking online but they are mostly faux leather/pleather.ReplyCancel

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