Day Six: Hand-sewn Mini Journal

This is Day Six in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.


For today’s post, we want to show you how to make a miniature book. While this probably isn’t the most professional technique for book-binding, it is fast and easy, and it uses materials that you probably have on hand. The options for decorating are endless, and the resulting “jotter” is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift.


  • 1 or more sheets of paper (we used one that is about 12 1/2″ x 9 1/2″)
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Needle and coordinating thread
  • Glue stick
  • Small piece of scrapbooking paper for cover


Fold it in half the long way; then unfold it…


…and fold  it in half the short way to leave creases.


Cut along the short way, stack the two pieces of paper, and then cut down the fold crease so you have four rectangles of equal size. Stack all four pieces together, and fold in half the long way, but don’t cut along the crease. Now fold in half the short way and cut along the crease. This will give you two booklets of folded papers.


They should look something like this.

Fold as many papers this way as you want. The more papers you use, the thicker the book will be.                                 Note: It’s better to make several thin “booklets” to sew together than to make a few thick ones, which would be more difficult to sew.



Next take the needle and thread and backstitch along the folded line of each booklet, which will now be the spine of your book.


You want the entire line to be stitched, because it makes the next step easier. Repeat this entire sewing process with the remaining booklet.


To sew the two booklets together, whip-stitch tightly at regular intervals (about 1/4″) down the entire spine of the book, tying the thread securely at the end.



To attach the cover, we used a glue stick, which gets the job done so much faster. 🙂


Apply the glue evenly to one side of the book.


Press the glued side of the book to the scrapbooking paper and hold firmly until set. Then glue the rest of the paper and fold it over the other side of the book.


And there you have an adorable mini journal. Tuck it in your pocket to record your thoughts and dreams throughout the day, or write magical stories in it by candlelight! To give it as a gift, wrap it in tissue paper and tie it with a festive ribbon.

Thank you for visiting a Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin and Elisabeth

Check out Day Six in a 10 Day series by one of our blogging friends Skirt Fixation.


2 thoughts on “Day Six: Hand-sewn Mini Journal

  1. Pingback: Announcing: 10 days of Thoughtful Homemade Gifts | A Homespun Country Life

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