I really wanted to learn more about working with leather after making the Marauder’s Map bookmarks. So when I saw this field notes template on instructables I decided to extend the same design to a Field Notes cover.
I knew I wanted to dye the leather, and I’d need to be able to stitch together pieces, but I had no idea where to start beyond that. I’d heard great things about the customer service at Tandy Leather, so I headed down to the store with a ton of questions, and picked up some 2-3oz veg-tan leather,gel antique, waxed thread, stitching needles, and edge kote.
I also looked online at some different engraved leather designs, and practiced using some of the glowforge’s designs. From there I realized that if the design had more lines and fewer large black areas it would come out a lot better, so I switched the “The Marauder’s Map” text in the castle to be black on a clear background:
Here is a link to the updated design, if anyone wants to reuse it.
After finishing the design, here are the steps I took to make the actual notebook cover:
I’m really happy with how it came out! I’ll definitely be making more notebook covers, and trying out clasps and pen holders next.