Shelly from Patterns by Figgy’s and our Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board is back! Remember her cute-as-can-be Art Smock tutorial from earlier this month? Today she’s back with an easy, quick tutorial for making your own fabric book covers. Enjoy!

From Shelly: I would say that this is a tutorial all about preserving our books, but to tell you the truth, any time I have the option to jazz up anything with fabric, I’m all about it. This is a great opportunity to let your child be creative with fabric choices and show off their personal style.

Grab some Supplies:

  • 1 Yard of Fabric
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat or Scissors
  • Pins
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Ruler/Measuring tool

Create your Cover:

  • Measure the width of the book, spine included.

  • Measure the length of the book.
  • Add 2” to both measurements.

  • Measure the inner panel of the book and add 1”.
  • Cut out your pattern pieces according to the measurements, 2 of the large pieces and 2 of the smaller.

  • Place the two large panels RIGHT sides together and pin.
  • Sew the entire rectangle pivoting at each corner but leave a 3” opening for turning. Cut the corners on an angle.
  • Turn right side out and using a knitting needle or something pointy but dull and push out the corners. Set aside.

  • On both the smaller panel pieces turn one side of the long edge ¼” and press. Topstitch.
  • Place the smaller panels onto the larger panel RIGHT sides facing with the topstitched edges facing the center and pin.
  • Stitch around the entire rectangle.
  • Turn the cover so the small panels are WRONG sides facing the RIGHT side.

Happy Sewing!

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