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Archive for July 23, 2012

Christmas in July! A Book Cover Tutorial

I am very proud to be a part of Stringtown Home‘s Christmas in July! YAY!!!!! For my part I am going to show you how to make a cute book cover for a gift. 🙂 They are very easy to make and you can customize them for your friends and relatives by the different fabrics and embellishments you use.

What you will need –

1/2 yard of main fabric (will make both covers)

1/2 yard of contrast fabric (will make both covers)

Any embellishments that you might want to add

Hot glue gun to add embellishments

Step 1 –

Take out a large book and use it as a guideline when cutting. When you cut leave about 3/4″ at the top and bottom for seam allowance. The measurements are about 23″ by 11″.

Step 2 –

Make sure that your fabric will cover it just right, with the sides going over the cover of the book.

Step 3 –

Use the part you just cut as a pattern to cut your contrast fabric.

Step 4 –

Remove the cat from the fabric and dust off the cat fur…. SIGH…..

Step 5 –

Pin your main fabric to your contrast fabric, right sides together. Then sew the seam on 3 sides, leaving one end open.

LOL! You can see my messy pin cushion! I always end up with tangled threads in it!

Step 6 –

Turn right side out and press.

Step 7 –

Fold in the ends that you left open about a 1/4″ and press.

Step 8 –

Top stitch along the top of the entire cover.

Step 9 –

Cut 2 pieces of your contrast fabric 10″ long by 6″ wide.

Step 10-

Fold over the side edges 1″ and press. Fold down the middle and press. Top stitch down both sides.

Step 11-

Place your handles where you want them and pin, making sure NOT to pin the flap that is tucked inside the book.

Step 12-

Stitch your handle end on with it facing down toward where the spine of the book would be. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 13 –

Fold the handle end over the part you just stitched and top-stitch it into place. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 14-

Fold over the ends of the book cover and press. Pin in place and stitch just down the sides.


ALL DONE!!!! 🙂

Hmmm… Looks like my handles are a little off.. I’ll have to fix that….

The small book covers are even easier. Follow the same steps but omit the handles. 🙂

So, what do you think?? Would they make good presents?

As always, let me know if the tutorial was easy to follow or not. And I am always happy to answer any questions! 🙂


And thank you to Heather!! This was so much FUN!! 🙂 This was my first ever guest slot! 🙂

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