The hinge on the right is just waxed linen wrapped around the top and bottom holes. Opening and closing was putting a lot of pressure on it and I didn't want it to break for a very long time so I needed a better solution.
The left side is what I came up with. Instead of wrapping around in an O I did an S with the linen. I got the idea from book binding- Ethiopian Coptic Stitch. It works so much better and even looks pretty cool.