DIY Mini Notebooks


These notebooks are perfect for so many things- use them as gifts or favors or just to keep in your purse to quickly write down shopping lists, thoughts, etc.


  • Kraft Paper (Hobby Lobby or Michael’s carries it) //
  • White Printer Paper (2.5 sheets per notebook) //
  • Sewing machine (or you can sew by hand) //
  • Notebook Templates (below) //
  • Scissors //
  • Washi Tape //

First, download one of the notebook templates and print unto kraft paper:
sherlocknotebook hotairballoonnotebook foxnotebook
elephantnotebook bikenotebook

Fold along the the vertical line:
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Cut along the lines and cut off the excess: DSC_0696 DSC_0697 Next, cut the plain white paper into rectangles measuring 7.5″ by 5″


Fold the rectangles in half, 5 at a time.


Insert the 5 pages into each notebook:

DSC_0701 Sew in the middle of the pages, along the spine:

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  1. says

    These are really cute. Though it seems a shame to cover up the sewing – it would be nice to make a feature of it using funky thread or zigzaggy pattern.

  2. Beatriz Castillo says

    That’s such an amazing idea! I would love to make for my boyfriend a small notebook with foxy-face!!
    Is it available? because clicking on the pictures I can only download the bike-notebook page.
    Thank you for your ideas, and such a beautiful blog!

    • Malissa says

      Thanks Beatriz! Yes, all the designs are still there – you just need to click on the one you want to download. Click on the fox and it will take you directly to the link!

      • Stefani says

        Hi, Cute notebooks. but i’m having the same problem as Beatriz Castillo. When i click on any of the designs they all take me to the bike notebook download page. The links are not working. I have clicked on all the pictures and keep getting the bike notebook. Hope you can get it fixed. i would really like the hot air balloon notebook.

        • Malissa says

          Hi Stefani,

          It was working perfectly fine for me so not sure what the issue was. However, I adjusted the size of the photos so you can more easily click on them individually so hopefully that solves your problem. Let me know if you are still encountering an issue!!

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