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
- 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.
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