Re-lace your Meadowgate Leather journal cover
If your elastics have become worn, discoloured or saggy:
You will need a length of round elastic, sometimes referred to as
hat elastic or bungee cord. I find that elastic about 2mm diameter is
best. Any smaller and it cannot support the notebook - especially the
I offer well over a dozen colours of elastics in
my Etsy shop. You can
if you would like to go directly to my elastics item. I
will send you approx 1.5 metres of 2mm (nominal) elastic which should be
ample to re-lace your journal cover.
How to re-lace your
Meadowgate Leather Journal Cover: This is for standard 4-string / 3
Remove the old suspension elastics.
Place your cover upright on a table, with the lower back cover uppermost
to your right (this will usually have the logo stamp on it)
outside of the journal, insert one end of the elastic into the hole
which is upper right hand as you look at it. Pull enough through to
reach the middle of the journal.
Now push the other
end through the middle hole and pull it through, so that most of the
elastic is now inside the journal.
You can now thread the long end
through the opposite middle hole and out the back.
From here, take
the long end and push it back through the next hole (which is diagonally
opposite the hole we started at).
You can probably see how it's going
from here. :-)
Push the end through the cover's bottom left hole and
then back through the bottom middle hole. This is where it can get
difficult, as there is already an elastic there! You may need a fid to
help you. If you don't have one laying around the house, something
pointed and blunt should do it. With one hand, pull the resident elastic
to one side and try to expand the hole enough to fit the new elastic
You will need to do the same with the next hole, but after
that, the final hole should be a doddle.
Now you just need to push
and pull here and there to equal the tensions of all the strings, then
you can tie the two ends of elastic together.
Trim off the excess,
but i'd recommend leaving a little incase you need to re-do the knot.
I always finish off by applying a flame to the elastic ends to stop
them fraying - not too much, just enough to melt the end. Take care if
you try this.