How to Sew a Fabric Book Cover

Fabrics are sentimental. Reuse your favorite fabric to cover and protect a book using the instructions offered in this article.

Steps

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    Gather your fabric and sewing supplies.
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    Measure the length and width of an open book.
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    Cut fabric to your desired length and width, allowing for a half-inch seam allowance on all sides. Add an additional two inches in length for "each" pocket, that will be created at both ends of the cover. This should create a long rectangle.
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    Cut an identical piece of iron-on interfacing and iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric.
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    Turn over the two short sides of the rectangle twice, to form quarter-inch hemlines. Stitch them in place.
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    With right sides together, fold over two inches at both ends of the rectangle, to create pockets. Stitch the upper and lower seams of each pocket.
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    Turn the pockets right side out and iron them flat.
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    Between the two pockets, turn over the remaining raw edges twice, to form quarter-inch hemlines. Stitch them in place.
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    Slide the front and back cover of your book into the pockets.

Tips

  • Glue or sew beads, sequins, ribbon or lace to the outside of the cover.
  • Cover a favorite reading book, journal, photo album or scrapbook.
  • Use the articles listed below for further guidance.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Matching thread
  • Common pins
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Decorations (optional)
  • Glue

Article Info

Categories: Sewing Crafts