These book covers are so quick and easy to make... they're also great gifts! Plus, this project is an excellent way to use up all of those scrap fabrics-- too cute not to use for something-- that every seamstress has drawers full of. Here in our home, we each have different fabric covers for our Bibles, which makes it so simple to tell them apart from one another. By the way, these fabric book covers are also fun to make reversible, because there will be no raw edges or seams showing when they're finished!
- fabric remnants (anywhere from one to three coordinating pieces)
- matching thread
- thin batting remnant (the kind used for quilting)
- large sheet of paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, and sewing pins
Lay your Bible or book out flat on a large piece of paper (freezer paper works really well); trace around the book softly with a pencil, being sure to keep the spine of the book flat to give an accurate measurement. Now, add 1/2" around the perimeter of your traced shape. Draw a soft line down the center of the rectangle you've made. Cut out the pattern.
Mark a dark line about 2" from the center line; repeat for opposite side. This will be the pattern for the sleeve of your book cover. Write "FOLD" on both of these lines. Your pattern should now look something like this...
Cut one of each from the full pattern...
- fabric for outside of cover
- fabric for inside of cover (I like this to be different than the fabric for the outside.)
Now, cut two on the fold line for the sleeve from your other piece of fabric. Your pieces should look like this...
Press all of your fabric pieces so they're nice and smooth; keep your two folded sleeve pieces folded, and press in the crease. Layer all of your pieces on top of one another in this order...
- outer fabric (right side up)
- sleeves (lay these with folded edges in the center, just like on your pattern piece)
- inside fabric (right side down)
Pin securely around the entire perimeter of the book cover. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch, but leave a gap on the lower edge in the "spine" area.
Separating the inside and outside fabrics, turn the entire cover through the gap. Fully extend the corners and press out any wrinkles in the book cover. Slipstitch gap closed, catching the batting as well.
Now they're done! And aren't they just too cute?