DIY: Notebook and Pencil-case

As you know, after a neverending battle with my parents to study again, I won and yesterday was the first day of school. I needed a notebook to write things down and I didn’t want to buy one and I also needed a pencil case so instead if buying it, I made itand it only took me like 3hours to make it.

Today I’m going to show you how to make it whithout spending any money or time.

What you need to make the botebook:

  1. A4 Paper sheets
  2. Glue
  3. Ruler
  4. Pencil or pen
  5. Needle and thread
  6. Cereal box
  7. Awl (or anything sharp and strong enough to make holes through a few sheets of paper)
  8. Fabric

The first thing you need to do is to fold the paper sheets in half making A5 paper sheets. Then group them in signatures. Make as many as you want. I made 8 signatures with 5 folder sheets stacked together.

I wanted to make 6holes to sew, so, with a ruler I marked 4, 5, 10, 11, 16 and 17cm like so:

And made 6 holes, like this:

Then with a normal needle and thread I sewed, with the help from this video.

After doing this, the next part is the book cover. To do that I used a cereal box, fabric and glue.

I made it a little larger than the paper sheets, like so:


Instead of using fabric, I used wrapping paper, (I never used it so I wanted to give it a try) I covered the cereal box and glued it together.

After that, the only thing left is to glue the paper sheets in the book cover and to cover the part inside I glued the first and last pages to the bok cover.

And voila you have a notebook

To make the pencil case:

  1. Cardbox
  2. Pen/pencil
  3. Fabric
  4. Sewing elastic
  5. Glue
  6. Tape
  7. Hot glue

First cut 2pieces of the cardbox (17cm by 10cm) and tape them together. Make sure to give it a little space, like a 0,5cm or so and glue them in the fabric.


After doing that I realized it was very floppy so I added cardboard on the other side and glued it.


To make the pocket I used one from old jeans that I had. With hot glue I first glued the bottom and then the sides. In between, I glued the sewing elastic.

And that’s it.


Now you have a notebook and a pecil case without spending any money and much time.


I hope you enjoyed it.

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