Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Scrap Fabric Covered Books

I hope your Holidays were enjoyable. It's nice to relax after that mad crafting rush! When you are out searching for those post Christmas bargains, keep your eyes open for journal notebooks or address books on clearance with the wild patterned covers. I like to take the inexpensive journal / address / recipe books and recover them with scrap fabrics. I either give them to friends or use them myself as general notebooks for shopping lists, etc.

I open the book on a piece of fabric (wrong side up) and roughly trace about a 1 - 1.5" excess around the outside and cut the fabric. Depending on the thickness of the book, you may need to make it longer to accommodate the wrap around the binding when closed. I then wrap the journal book closed to determine how much is needed to cover the binding.

Optionally, you can glue a piece of batting on the front and back of the book to add softness before you wrap it in fabric. Just make sure you measure your fabric cut with both the book open and then closed with the fabric to make sure you have enough.

Start gluing down the sides of the fabric to the back cover about 3/4" - 1" folded seams. Don't worry about neatness of the edges, they'll be covered. Just try to make them flat. I rough cut a tail right where the book binding is. This allows me to glue down all sides to the back and front cover. Then, I just push the tail into the book binding.

To cover the front and back fabric edges, I'll use scrap fabric, card stock, or the inside of used Christmas cards to cover the fabric endings. The possibilities are endless.

My next one will use a scrap piece of fabric I embroidered initials on. If you would like more detailed instructions, or have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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