Wednesday , 26 November 2014
At the end of each school term, kids often have unused pages in their exercise books. I gathered these pages and bound them between decorated covers using a Japanese stab binding technique.

How To Make a Bound Jotter Book

How-to by : Sandy from Sandy’s Space

I did this tutorial for LCOM. It’s a hand-bound jotter book that recycles leftover school supplies.


Inspiration :

Amy Licht dressed up composition books at KI Memories last month. I used her idea, putting a recycling twist on it.

At the end of each school term, kids often have unused pages in their exercise books. I gathered these pages and bound them between decorated covers using a Japanese stab binding technique.
Supplies :

Pattern Papers – KI Memories’ Bloom, Pop Culture Dedazzle and Pet Shop Yarn
Embellishments – Maya Road acrylic alphas, Scenic Route ashville label, brads

Effort :

Time – 3 hours
Cost – about S$4

Binding :

I used 5.5″ x 4.5″ papers for my jotter. If you vary the size, adjust the hole positions accordingly. Start by securing the pages with two binder clips and punch 5 holes with an awl.

Back view

My sewing sequence is -

  1. up 7cm hole
  2. down 4cm hole, around the spine and down 4cm hole again
  3. up 1cm hole, around the spine and up 1cm hole, around the edge and up 1 cm hole again
  4. down 4cm hole
  5. up 10cm hole, around the spine and up 10cm hole again
  6. down 13cm hole, around the spine and down the 13cm hole, around the edge and down the 13cm hole again
  7. up the 10cm hole
  8. down 7cm hole, around the spine and down the 7cm hole again
  9. Tie a knot at the back to secure

Step 3

Step 3

Step 5

Step 6

Step 8

Step 9 back view

Better still watch Vanilla Joy’s video here . Her sewing sequence is different from mine but the end result is the same.

Completed Jotter :

Once the pages are used, I’ll snip off the binding threads and recycle the cover for a new jotter.

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10 comments

  1. i have such ideas nd many its really nice caring for a clean environment lovely bound jotter:)

  2. What a wonderful tutorial. It is well written, easy to follow, and beautifully photographed. Thanks!

  3. great idea~ :)
    would be great to try out some time

  4. Nice, well done tutorial. Also, what a super idea. I have to try this, I love the results.

  5. I upcycle all my kids unused notebook pages at the end of the year. Great to see the tutorial being featured here. Great job and such pretty laces too.

  6. Gt\reat tutorial…I love this idea!

  7. Thanks for featuring my handbound jotter book Tim.

  8. Great idea! And it turned out so nicely!
    Patsy from HeARTworks

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