I decided that I am going to include quite a few handmade gifts for Christmas this year, so I have been very busy sewing cute and fun items. Because most of my family live 100's to 1000's of kilometers away, and because we wont be seeing them, I wanted to get it done as soon as possible to make sure it gets to their destination in time.
My oldest Son, (almost 18) asked if I could make his girlfriend a little something too. So together we decided a pencil bag together with a fabric book cover would be great. So today I thought of showing you exactly how I made the fabric book cover.
You'll need the following: (The fabric requirements are for an A5 book)
1 Book to cover - in this case a A5 hard cover
2 x Fat quarters of your choice (I decided to piece the front using two different prints, but a FQ will do)
Small piece of fusible applique
Matching thread and general sewing supplies
You'll start by measuring your book. Measure from the back edge to the front edge, and from top to bottom. ADD 8 inches (4 each side) for the edges that will fold over to the inside of the book and 1 inch (½ top and ½ bottom) for seam allowances.
In this case the measurements are as follows: 20 x 9¼.
12 inches + 8 inches = 20 inches (side to side)
8¼ inches + 1 inch = 9¼ (top to bottom)
You'll need the same sizes for both the front, back and fusible batting.
The next step is to use a pressing cloth and iron on the fusible batting to the WRONG side of the piece of fabric you want to use as the face of your book. Then place the lining fabric on top, right sides together and sew the SIDES, leaving both the top and bottom edges open.
Turn the cover right sides out and place the book inside the cover, fold the edges over the book. Pin each edge as markers, use a hot iron and press, the crease will help you to match up the edges when you need to sew it down. Turn the cover wrong side out again and fold the sides inwards, matching up the pressed creases of the lining and front fabric.
Sew the top and bottom leaving a opening big enough to turn it right side out. I marked the opening with a water soluble pen to ensure I don't sew right through.
You can then hand sew the opening closed with a blind stitch. I am NOT good at those, so what I did was cut a small piece of fusible applique, placed it inside the opening and fused the opening shut.
All that is left to do now, is give the book cover a good press and cover a book with with your finished fabric book cover.
This makes for a quick, easy and fun little project, great for gifts or to give a bit of flare to books you might already have.
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