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Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Sewing Tutorial: These simple book covers with customized leather label are quick and easy to make!  They can be used to spruce up the look of your bookshelf, protect textbooks or just add some whimsy to books in your everyday life.  Simply adjust the measurements to create a custom fit cover for any book, no matter the size.  Let’s get started!

These book covers can be used to spruce up the look of your bookshelf!

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

You will need:

  • Approximately 1/4yd (0.25m) of fabric (more if you’re covering a larger book than we did), or two matching fabrics if you want to piece the cover together
  • Thread in a matching colour
  • Customized leather labels

Finished dimensions:

  • Ours ended up at roughly 9in by 12.5in (22.5cm by 31.5cm)

Cut your fabric – a centre strip from one fabric and two end pieces from the other, all measuring 7in by 12in (18cm by 30cm), or a single piece measuring 18.5in by 12in (47cm by 29cm) if using just one fabric. In this case, you can skip the next step. Make sure the pattern will be the right way up when you’re finished!

Sew one of the end pieces to the centre piece along the long side with right sides together, using a 0.25in (0.75cm) seam allowance. Press the seam towards the darker coloured fabric and repeat the process with the second end piece on the other side of the centre piece.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Create your top and bottom hems by pressing each long side towards the wrong side of the fabric by 0.5in (1.25cm).

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Stitch along your hem close to the edge to secure it.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Create the end hems by pressing each short side towards the wrong side of the fabric by 0.5in (1.25cm).

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Stitch along your hem close to the edge to secure it.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Next, make the flaps for the covers of your book to slip into. Lay the book out flat, centred on your book cover with the right side of the book cover facing upwards.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

You may find it helpful to finger-press the top centre and bottom centre of the cover. Fold the short ends over and pin/clip them together.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Mark the stitching lines at the top and bottom – you want to give the book a little room to move

(so that you can slide it into the cover easily) but not so much that it’s going to fall out!

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Take the book out and stitch along your lines, backstitching at the ends of the lines.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Turn the book cover the right way out and press it carefully, making sure that the top and bottom edges are nice and straight.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Sew on the leather label.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabric Book Covers

Add your book and you’re all done!

Seamstress: Emma Lorenz

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