I started with a piece of veg tanned leather cut to my desired dimensions. This is the same size as a pocket Midori.
I rounded the edges and punched holes in the spine for the elastic. Next I oiled the leather with jojoba oil. Then I stained the leather a gorgeous timber brown. I love how there are tiny differenced in the color, like marbling. Of course I forgot to put gloves on before I started working with the stain an ended up with brown hands for a couple days. :)
The leather is wearing so beautifully. I love every little crease and mark. I finished the Shidori off with white elastic (because it's what I had on hand) and a little silver charm. You can see what it looks like on the inside in the video down below, as well as my progress in this one book for July. Thanks for stopping by.