Introduction: How to Make a Fabric Book Cover

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You know what’s the latest trend? A fabric book cover for your favourite book, whether it be a novel, a notebook, or a journal. It’s an awesome trend, with lots of benefits. It beautifies your book and protects it too.

It’s a must- try trend. But making your own fabric book cover can get a little confusing sometimes. That’s where the NextGen Versatility comes in!

Here is an easy to follow guide on how to make a fabric cover for any book of your choice. Let’s dive in!!

Step 1: You Will Need:-

  • 2 kinds of fabric (one for the cover, and one for its lining)
  • A needle
  • Thread of any colour
  • Scissors
  • The book you want to cover
  • Ruler/scale

Step 2: Measure Your Book:-

  • Measure the following dimensions of your book

  1. Length
  2. Width when the book is kept open
  • Make a note of these.

Step 3: Cut the Fabric:-

  • Cut out rectangular pieces from both the fabric, for making the cover and the lining.
  • The dimensions of the rectangle should be

  1. L= width of the book when kept open + 2 inches on either side to make the sleeves.
  2. B=height of the book + 1 cm on either side to hem the edges.

Step 4: Sew the Fabric Together:-

  • Sew their corners together first.
  • Then sew their edges.

Step 5: Make the Sleeves:-

  • Fold 2 inches of the fabric along the breadth to make the sleeves.
  • Sew 3 sides of the fold
  • Leave 1 side open to insert the book’s cover.
  • Do the same for the other side.

Step 6: Additional Details:-

  • Your book cover is almost complete
  • Add some decorative items to make the cover more attractive.
  • Some things you could add are

  1. An elastic band to keep the book closed
  2. Buttons
  3. Sequins
  4. Embroidery, etc.

Step 7: Make the Elastic Band:-

  • An elastic band should be added only to book covers made for notebooks or journals.
  • An elastic band doesn’t suit book covers for novels.

  1. Take an elastic band (from an pair of pants or other clothing)
  2. Fold and sew it to your desired width and thickness.
  3. Measure and cut it so that it fits tightly around your book vertically.
  4. Stitch it onto the back side of the book cover.

Step 8: And There You Go!! :-

  • You have your very own fabric book cover!
  • It’s sure to make a cool statement.

Step 9: Tips:-

  • This book cover can be hand sewn or machine sewn.
  • Choose contrasting colours and prints for the cover and the lining so the book covers looks attractive.
  • Measure twice, cut once. (golden rule of sewing)

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