DIY & Giveaway – Hand Stitched Bicycle Notebook


Today’s post is a little DIY and giveaway to continue my National Stationery Week celebrations! Ever wanted to know how to make your own notebooks or journals?

I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite designer-makers (HarrietStacie and Rachel) to share some notebook DIYs and you will be able to win the notebooks we make by entering the giveaway below! If you don’t win, you can make your own using the tutorials. Be sure to share them if you do!

To make my hand stitched bicycle notebook, you will need:

  • A4 Kraft Card Stock
  • A4 White Paper
  • Needle and Thread
  • Bone Folder
  • Bulldog Clips
  • Washi Tape or Stamps to decorate
  • Craft Knife or Scissors

Step 1

Take 1 sheet of kraft card stock and fold in half using your bone folder to score the centre. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can use a letter opener to press along the fold.

Repeat with 8 x sheets of A4 white paper. These will be your notebook pages.


Step 2

Place your folded paper inside the kraft card stock, which will be your notebook cover. Secure in place will bulldog clips, so the paper doesn’t move.


Step 3

Make holes with your needle along the centre fold of the white pages, all the way through to the card cover. This can be a little tough, so you could also use an awl to start the holes off. It also helps to have a cutting mat underneath.


Step 4

Using 3 strands of embroidery thread, stitch through your pre-made holes using a back stitch. Be sure to go through your cover card as well as all the pages. Knot each end of the thread to secure the stitching.


Step 5

Collate supplies to decorate the notebook! I used a bicycle stamp and some spotted washi tape after being inspired by the fab Oh Squirrel stationery.



Step 6

Once you have finished decorating your cover, you may wish to trim the pages to ensure they are in line with the cover.


And there you have your finished handmade notebook and you’ve picked up some simple book binding skills!


Fancy winning the bicycle notebook or one from these amazing makers? Just fill out the widget below (or on any of the other blogs) to be in with a chance! There will be 4 winners, each winning one of the handmade notebooks.


And please check out the fab DIYs by Harriet, Stacie and Rachel!

Hello Harriet / Stacie Swift / OH NO Rachio

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Have a super weekend everyone and don’t forget to enter my other stationery giveaways here and here.



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Meet.Make.Laugh Mail Swap

About a month ago I wrote a review for the Girls’ Night In book and one of my lovely Canadian bloggy pals Stephanie from Meet.Make.Laugh left a comment.

Stephanie writes the blog with two friends Hayley and Cindy writing about their girls’ nights in together and crafty goings on in their lives. I knew the book would be perfect for them, so contacted Stephanie to see if she wanted to do a mail swap with me. 

This week, my package arrived all the way from Victoria, BC and to say I was excited to open it was an understatement. Each item was wrapped in brown paper with a yarn tie and had a clue for what was inside…..

Meet Make Laugh Postswap

Tammy seemed to like the handmade parcel (she is a craft cat of course!).

Meet Make Laugh Mailswap

The card was utterly perfect. Scrabble tiles! SO me.

Scrabble Tile Hello Card

I am a huge fan of maple syrup so I spent a good few minutes staring at this maple bacon flavoured sea salt saying “on my word” over and over again. It sounds delicious and I can’t wait to put it on some ice cream!

And come on guys…that notebook could not be any more perfect for me. Mint AND bicycles…

Maple Bacon Sea Salt and Bicycle Notebook

We agreed on one handmade item per package and I was super excited to see what the girls had enclosed. Stephanie had knitted me this beautiful beanie hat (or toque as the Canadians call it) in a gorgeous teal blue colour. The loose knit is great for Spring. Plus I was totally having a bad hair day Sunday and it was really windy so the hat had an outing.


When I visited Vancouver at Christmas I crammed my suitcase full of Davids Tea as they don’t ship to the UK. They girls had sent me a selection box which I cannot wait to get started on.

G laughs as our coffee cupboard is no more. Since I gave up caffeine it is filled with tea and now makes me look like an utter tea freak. Which I am.

Davids Tea Selection

I’m totally overwhelmed with my package from the Meet.Make.Laugh girls. Thank you SO SO much! I love making blogging friends across the water and am so grateful for all the support they give my blog. Thanks girls 🙂

Please make sure you stop by the Meet.Make.Laugh blog to see what I sent Stephanie, Cindy and Hayley!