Monday, January 31, 2011

Tutorial: Fabric Book Cover

Some of you might remember my Birthday Card Album Tutorial. Well I had measured my dimensions wrong and I ended up with pieces that were cut too small. I decided to make a book cover out of them because they were the perfect dimensions and the pieces were already cut, hooray!

Step 1: Measure the height and length of your book. Now add 1 inch to both of your measurements.

Step 2: Using your measurements cut 2 rectangles from your fabric.
For example my book was 11 inches high and 19 inches long so I cut 2 rectangles 12 inches x 20 inches.

Step 3: Cut one of your rectangle pieces in half length wise.
I ended up with one 12x20 piece and 2 12x10 pieces.

Step 4: Place one of your smaller rectangles right side down and fold one end in 1/2 inch and stitch a seam ¼ inch in from the edge. Repeat on the second small rectangular piece. Note if your fabric has a design make sure that finished edges will line up when put together as above.

Step 5: With the right sides facing together pin the 2 smaller pieces to the larger piece. Make sure the finished edges are in the middle and not on the sides. Stitch a seam ¼ inch in from the edge around the entire rectangle.

Step 6: Clip your corners and turn your cover inside out.

Step 7: You will have 2 unfinished edges at the top and bottom of your cover. I decided to use one of my fancy stitches on my new machine to close them up. You can also just apply anti fray liquid if you don't want to sew it.

Congratulations you're finished. Since I didn't make this cover for a specific book I wasn't sure if it would fit any of my books. Luckily it was the perfect size for my daughter's nursery rhyme book. She noticed the new cover right away and she immediately opened it to see what was inside. She was a little disappointed it was just the same book and not a new one, oh well!

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