Welcome to you all and a happy 2018

I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and received lots of sewing related presents! I am so pleased to be a part of this new group for UKQU, but having never blogged before I am also very nervous!

Just to re-cap, I have been sewing for five years, and probably quilting for about two and a half years. I sew daily, and find it a mental therapy. It helps me to block out all my problems, both physical and mental, and gives me a sense of achievement.

My sewing journey has been an ever-changing road of not just learning, but also discovery. It has consisted of me falling in love with everything from the soft, pretty Tilda fabric range, to the bright, bold and in your face materials of Kaffe Fasset! Initially I made a lot of items in the Tilda books, such as the dolls, the animals and the decorations, and still do, but one day I stumbled across a Tilda charm pack. That was when the patchwork and quilting bug kicked in….and boy did it kick hard!

Moving on, I don’t know about you, but I usually get bought either a diary or notebook from someone at Christmas, and I always find myself covering it in fabric to make it more of a reflection of myself. This year I received a great notebook, ideal for jotting down all my sewing ideas. However, the book cover wasn’t to my taste, so I decided to cover it with fabric, and include the process in this blog.

1) To cover your book/diary, you will need a book or diary (obviously!!!), fabric/fabrics for the front of the book, wadding and backing fabric if you want a quilted cover, a cutting mat and rotary cutter, pins, and embellishments.

 

2) Measure the outside of your book, including the spine, and add 6” to the measurement. 

 

 

3) Then measure the height off the book, and add 2” to that measurement.

 

4) Next cut two pieces of fabric equal to the measurements.

5) If you do wish to quilt your cover, place some wadding between the two layers of fabric and quilt first. 

 

6) I decided to make my cover in two coordinating fabrics. This meant that I had to initially sew the two pieces of fabric together before quilting it. I then decided to sew on some lace for decoration and ribbon to tie the book shut with afterwards, but you can chose any embellishment.

 

7) Next turn the fabric over so that it is facing wrong side up. Fold over all of the external sides by 1/4” and sew around them to secure all the edges.

 

8) Once you have done this, place the fabric so that it is facing towards you. Lay the book down on top of the fabric and on each side equally pin where you want the internal envelop flaps to come across. Pin at the top and bottom of each envelop flap on both sides, check that the book still closes, and then sew into place.

 

9)Carefully cut off the four corners of the envelop slips to reduce any bulk, and then turn inside out so that the cover is now the right way around.

10)Slip the book sleeves into the envelop flaps and admire your handy work!

Should you want to do this yourself but find my instructions confusing, there are lots of demonstrations on YouTube to help. Simply type in “fabric book cover tutorial”.

Happy sewing!!!!

Responses

  1. Sue Davey

    Lovely little blog Jo, I make lots of book covers and really enjoy making them. I love Tilda fabric as well and have made some of her items – my favourite is a seabird who has very long legs and lives in my bathroom. Looking forward to next months blog x

    1. Jo Graham Post author

      Hi Judith
      So glad that you liked the blog, and is now something you are willing to give a go. I would suggest for your first attempt that you buy a cheap diary (the ones from the shops where that you pay literally 99p or £1 for. Don’t use your best fabric – use a cheap one first of all. Try following the instructions that I have given (if you can!!!) and if need be, watch a tutorial on YouTube for a bit of back up help.
      Let me know how you get on Judith,
      Regards Jo x

    1. Jo Graham Post author

      Hi Gini,
      Thank you for such positive feedback. I am plased you liked the blog and found it informative enough. It’s certainly daunting being a new to this blogging lark!
      after reading your review I know where to come if I need help!
      Regards, Jo x

    1. Jo Graham Post author

      Hi Heather
      I am really glad that you have found the blog useful. As I said to Judith in my reply to her, I would suggest for your first attempt that you buy a cheap diary. Don’t use your best fabric – use a cheap one first of all. Try following the instructions that I have given (if you can!!!) and if need be, watch a tutorial on YouTube for a bit of back up help.
      I would really love to see your finished results Heather if you can post it onto the blog….but be warned, once you start covering books it becomes very addictive!
      Regards, Jo x