Make It Yourself: A No Sew Hardcover Notebook

I believe that there is a perfect notebook out there for me—one that ticks all of my boxes and meets all my needs—and once I find it, I will never need a new notebook again. It will help me get my life organized, learn a new language, and accomplish all of my life goals.

If only I could find that perfect notebook, it would solve everything. In my head, I know this is nonsense. In my heart, the search continues. I call it a lifelong quest for perfection; my husband calls it an “unhealthy addiction”.

Tomato, tomahto.

The other day I URGENTLY needed a new notebook for a specific and important reason that I can no longer remember, and I decided to make my own. It was a quick and easy project that was fully customizable, and there was no sewing involved at all. I ended up with a fantastic notebook that I am sure I will find a great use for, thank you very much.

Do you want to make one too? Here is a full tutorial for you to follow along with.


Supplies needed:
  1. Old hardcover book of your choice

  2. Exercise books that are the same size or slightly smaller than your book. I chose exercise books with paper covers instead of smooth covers, as these stick better.

  3. Wood glue/cold glue

  4. Paint brush

  5. Ribbon


  1. Remove all the pages from the book. If you have an exacto knife you will be able to do this very neatly. I didn’t have one handy so I just took my time and carefully ripped them out section by section.

  2. Glue your exercise books together with the cold glue. I used a brush to make sure there weren’t any thick blobs of glue on the covers, as this causes wrinkling. You really want to take your time with this and do it as neatly as you can. The neater you can stack and glue them, the better the final result. You really want it to look like one big book.

  3. Place your stack of glued exercise books under a couple of heavy books so they will dry flat.

  4. Once the glue is dry, apply a layer of glue to the inside of the entire hardcover book, including the inside of the spine. Use your brush again to spread out the glue evenly.

  5. Place your ribbon along the spine, making sure there is enough length to stick out at the bottom.

  6. Now carefully place your stack of glued exercise books inside the spine, making sure it lines up perfectly. You only get one shot at this, so take your time!

  7. Once you are happy with your alignment, close the book and place it under the pile of heavy books to dry.

Voila! You have the notebook of your dreams and you will never need a new one ever again (unless you see a really beautiful one of course).


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