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Recycle your old satchel into an adorable matching leather notebook!
If you love satchels just as much as me and tote them around everywhere, eventually they'll get a bit worn out but rather than saying goodbye to your trusty bag, recycle it into an adorable notebook.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 1
    Step 1

    Carefully deconstruct your satchel, unpicking the stitched with a seam ripper and cutting around any bolts. We want to keep as much of the fabric as undamaged as possible.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace out a rectangle of leather on the reverse of the bag, big enough to cover an A5 notebook when folded in half.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 3
    Step 3

    Leaving a small 1/2" margin around the outside of the notebook, neatly cut out the rectangle with a cutting knife and ruler.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a small rectangle of leather, half as wide as your cover and a couple of inches tall.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 5
    Step 5

    Glue the leather rectangle to the very right hand edge with strong leather glue.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place a heavy object on top to hold the leather down until the glue has dried.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 7
    Step 7

    Slip the cardboard back of the notebook through the fabric loop and then glue the left hand edge of the rectangle into the middle of the satchel.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 8
    Step 8

    Leave to dry before closing your notebook.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 9
    Step 9

    We're also going to recycle the window from the front of the satchel and one of the buckles. If you're satchel was too small to have a window, you can make one out of scrap leather.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 10
    Step 10

    Press the front of your notebook down flat and decide where you'd like to position the window and buckle.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 11
    Step 11

    Glue the side and bottom edges on the reverse of the window.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stick onto the front of your notebook.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 13
    Step 13

    Unbuckle the strap and glue the buckle side of the strap to the front of your notebook. When dry, buckle up the back of the strap before glueing in place on the back of your notebook.

  • How to make a leather journal. Satchel Notebook - Step 14
    Step 14

    Slip something cute into the window of your notebook and it's ready to use.

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LollyLabbit
LollyLabbit · Seoul, KR · 50 projects
Where did you buy that bag?
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
It's from the Cambridge Satchel Company x
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PattyMadeIt
PattyMadeIt · Maricopa, Arizona, US
Happy Love upcycle projects!
(Do I SPY a smashed penny collection back there? Awesome display!)
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
Well spotted. My penny collection got so big so Tom made me a table to keep them in! http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/squished-penny-shadowbox-table
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PixieFey
PixieFey · Chester, England, GB · 150 projects
I remember my Mum packing me off to school with my brown leather satchel. How I hated them at the time .. wish she had kept hold of them now.
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
Aww, my Nana's always commenting on how she used to have one just the same as mine too!
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