Cotton Rag Khadi Paper Sketchbook Options at Bound by Hand

by Susan Green April 28, 2020

Cotton Rag Sketchbook for pencil and watercolour, Bound by Hand

Cotton Rag Khadi Paper Sketchbooks

I love cotton rag paper - aka khadi paper - don't you? It's so tactile, a real pleasure to handle and so pleasing to look at. Plus, it really makes your artwork look amazing! Cotton rag paper is handmade, so no two pages are exactly the same, and it has attractive deckle edges because it's made in a mould.

And the icing on the cake, for me, is that it's environmentally sustainable - it's made from recycled textile manufacturing waste (e.g. t-shirt offcuts) that would otherwise end up in landfill. But that's not all - it's also fairtrade so you know the people who made it are fairly treated and given a decent wage. Win, win, win!

The cotton rag paper in my sketchbooks is strong and sized for extra wet strength. So you can use it for watercolour and ink, as well as dry mediums like the Graphitint pencils I used in the image at the top of this blog post. Oh, and have you tried stitching into paper? Scroll down for inspiration!

Japanese Stab Stitch sketchbooks

Cotton Rag Stab Stitch Sketchbooks with Japanese Dictionary of Colour CombinationsThese cotton rag sketchbooks are stitched in the traditional Japanese Hemp Leaf pattern

Japanese Stab Stitch Sketchbook held open, showing cotton rag khadi paper pages

Wabi Sabi lay-flat Sketchbook

Cotton Rag Sketchbook with linen ribbon, medium shown on open page of large.These sketchbooks are held closed with a linen ribbon. Like cotton rag paper, linen is an eco-friendly material.

Stitching in cotton rag sketchbook from Bound by HandI recently began experimenting with stitching into my cotton rag sketchbook. It works really well!

Concertina Sketchbook: 200gsm cartridge pages & khadi covers

A6 Concertina Sketchbook: Cotton Rag and Heavyweight Cartridge pagesThese concertinas are stitched at their centre page, each 'arm' extends outwards and folds in when you've finished using it.

Concertina (Accordion) Sketchbook shown closed for travel
  200gsm cartridge pages are suitable for all dry mediums, ink and light watercolour. You could decorate the cotton rag covers, too.

Use cotton rag paper in exciting ways!

From watercolour to ink and pencil, collage to stitching, cotton rag paper is great artist's medium. I'm almost always thinking of new ways I can put it to use, so why not sign up to my newsletter so you know when new styles are released?

You can find my full range of Artist's Sketchbooks here, from paperback cotton rag paperbacks, to watercolour sketchbooks with leather covers and vegan sketchbooks bound in cork.

Happy making, drawing, painting and stitching, everyone!

Susan x
+44 (0)77548 759371

P.S. You might also enjoy reading Eco-Friendly Handmade Books

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages