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Fabric Book Cover Project

Fabric book cover project

This fabric book cover project was written by Lynne Sharpe, owner of The Make It Room.  Based in Chelmsford the Make It Room offers a wide range of sewing and craft classes. 

This is an excellent project to use up all those small pieces of fabric or fat quarters you have collected, in The Make It Room we have used Circa collection by Jennifer Paganelli.


You will need to cut three strips of co-ordinating fabrics to complete this project (1 fat quarter in total)

1 fat quarter of fabric for the lining. 

1 fat quarter of iron on wadding or iron on interfacing.

1 length of ribbon 10cm longer than the height of the book.

Sewing with scraps

Firstly measure the height of the book you wish to cover and add 6 cm to the overall measurement, then divide by 3 to calculate the width of the strips. To work out the length of the strips, measure across the width of the front, spine, and back and add 15cm. 

Use a rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut the pieces of fabric, we have used three different fabrics, two for the front and a co-ordinating fabric for the inside. If you do not have a rotary cutter measure carefully and cut with dressmaking scissors. 

Stripped patchwork for a book cover

To sew the outer cover of the book, take the three strips and with right sides facing pin the long edges together. Use a sewing machine to sew a narrow 1 cm seam from end to end.

Book cover sewing project

Press seams open on the back and press on the outside for a crisp result.   
We have used  thin iron on wadding to give the cover a quilted effect, cut this slightly larger than the sewn strips and cut a piece of the backing fabric the same size as the wadding.  If you do not have wadding use some iron on interfacing.

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To make the bookmark, place the piece you have just sewn right side up on a table. Position a piece of co-ordinating ribbon in the centre of the long edge – lining the cut end of the ribbon with the long edge and pin.  Place the lining fabric right side down  and then  pin the wadding in place on top of this, pin all the layers together all the way round leaving a gap of 10 cm in the bottom for turning.

Quilted book cover project

Machine together with a 1cm seam, trim the wadding tightly to sewn seam, trim the corners and turn the cover  the right way out. Press lightly with the iron to adhere wadding/interfacing to the cover.  Make sure the ribbon is not caught in the seams other than at the top centre.

Lynne Sharpe sewing project

Hand stitch gap in the bottom closed; make sure the corners are turned out completely.

Scrap sewing projects

Place the book cover under the machine foot and using a longer stitch length sew along the two seam lines between the co-ordinating fabrics to give a quilted effect.


Easy stitching tutorials

Fold the side edges over by 5.5cm and pin in place, try the book in to make sure it fits in the cover, if okay, top stitch all the way around the edge to secure.


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