How to Replace the Elastic Binding on your Refillable Journal

Follow these easy steps to replace the elastic binding on your refillable journal from Riveted By Design.

Initially we were uncertain about offering a refillable journal option. We knew that eventually the elastic binding would stretch out or even break. That’s a huge concern when part of your mission and values as a small business is to provide a high quality and lasting product. We experimented with a bunch of different types and sizes of elastic and rubber cord. We even tried to make one with chain!


The elastic and rubber cord that we’ve chosen to use on our Refillable Journals is a balance between function and aesthetics.

Supplies:


You'll need different cord depending on the style and size of your journal.

  • 1 - 1.5mm metallic elastic (gold / silver)

OR

  • 2mm rubber cord (black / grey)


Where to buy:


Metallic elastic: fabric stores (note: this elastic comes in bigger sizes; anything over 1.5mm will be too big to thread through the eyelets)


Rubber cord: art beads.com


We will also try to have pre-cut elastic and cord available. Just message us if you would like to purchase it directly from us.


How To:


1. Remove your paper booklets


2. Cut the worn out binding elastic and remove


3. Starting from the inside cover, thread the cord as follows (see the video below for further clarity)


  • take one end of cord into A2

  • the other end of cord into B2

- the 2 ends of the cord are now on the outside of the journal cover


- adjust the cord so that the 2 ends are approximately equal in length

  • from B2, thread cord to A1

  • from A2, thread cord to B1

- the 2 ends of the cord are now back on the inside of the journal cover

  • from A1, thread cord down to A4

  • from B1, thread cord down to B4

- the 2 ends of the cord are now on the outside of the journal cover

  • from A4, thread cord to B3

  • from B4, thread cord to A3

- the 2 ends of the cord are now back on the inside of the journal cover

  • tie to 2 ends of the cord with a double knot and trim away any extra



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