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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sew A Paperback Book Cover - A Quick Gift


by Marian Lewis

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1st Step To Sewing Success


Are you frantic looking for last minute gift ideas? Here is one for you. It only takes a little fabric and a few minutes of your time.

Sew a paperback book cover to give to your reader friends, family, teachers, pastor, etc. They will treasure it.

A sewing friend of mine once gave me one of these book covers many years ago. My friend is long gone, but whenever I see this bookcover, it reminds me of her.

The cover is 5" x 8" when closed and has an attached bookmark. You might want one for yourself, too.

A great fabric to use is fake suede, but you can use whatever you want. Use old "jeans" to make the kids some bookcovers. Create your own fabric out of scraps. Make the inside different from the outside. You are the designer!

Cutting Instructions

1. Cut 1 piece of fabric 11" x 9" for the outside cover.

2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 4-1/2" x 9" for the inside pockets of the cover.

3. Cut 1 piece of fabric 1/2" x 9" for the bookmark or use ribbon.

4. Cut 2 pieces of firm cardboard 3-1/2" x 7-1/2"

Decide On Your Design

Before you make the bookcover, give some thought to personalizing your bookcover by adding monograms, other embroidery, decorative stitching, appliques, fabric paint, etc., to your bookcover.

Sewing Instructions

Note: If your fabric will fray, finish one of the 9" edges on both of the smaller inside pocket pieces. You can zigzag, serge finish, bind, or turn under 1/4" and stitch.

1. Lay the large piece of fabric out flat with the right side up.

2. Lay the smaller pieces of fabric with the right side down on the larger fabric and the unfinished 9" edges together.

3. Stitch a 1/2" seam around all of the outside edges.

4. Press the seam allowances open.

5. Grade the seam allowances. (Trim a little off of the seam allowance that is closer to the inside of the cover.)

6. Trim the corners off at an angle to reduce bulk.

7. Turn right side out.

8. Press.

9. Turn under the 1/2" of the single layer of fabric to the inside at the top and bottom in the center of the cover.

10. Center the bookmark at the top center inside under the 1/2" turned down seam allowance.

11. Glue baste or fuse to hold the seam and bookmark in place.

12. Glue baste or fuse the bottom 1/2" single layer seam allowance.

13. With the right side up at the sewing machine, topstitch 1/4" around all of the edges.

14. Insert the cardboard into each side pocket having the seam allowances toward the inside.

Insert a favorite paperback book! That's a cool gift for anyone at any age!

These bookcovers make great bazaar gift items too.

Be creative and have fun making and giving your unique bookcovers.

You can make bookcovers for any size book. Just change your dimensions to be a little larger than your book.

It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,



Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.

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