THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SKILL TO LEARN! How to bind your own notebooks/sketchbooks. "OP said: I've done it several times using old hardcovers on the outside. This tutorial is my bible for ANY diy book binding.
DIY Make your own blank journals or sketchbooks using covers from old books! Cut the cover off a old hardcover book, paint cut edge for neat craftsmanship, drill holes using small drill bit, cut pages, bind using a coptic stitch.