Introduction: Leather Book Cover With Pyrography (Time Lapse Video)
The bulk of your time in this project is the pyrography ( I just call it leather burning but... whatever). I do quite a bit of leather burning for my leather projects which is very time consuming and actually very exhausting. I used to do framing carpentry which surprisingly was less tiring. A laser cutter would truly change my life as it would be used to etch my designs directly onto the leather. It would be a beautiful thing...but...I digress.
-Leather- slightly more than the outside of your book plus purple suede for inside flaps
-UHU glue or a leather glue.
-Ribbon- for a book mark
-Nylon sewing thread
-Thin card board,chip board or even paper for pattern
-Razor- Snap off kind or utility knife
-Wood or leather burning tool (Got mine at Michaels)
-Sewing machine (Doesn't have to be industrial if your leather is soft)
-Leather sewing needle for machine- chisel or diamond tipped
-Cloth tape measure
Step 1: Measure Book
You need two measurements:
1-Up and down on front of book
2-Around book from cover edge to cover edge
Step 2: Make Pattern
For paper back books:
Take your two measurements and add 7/16" to each one
For hard cover:
Take your two measurements and add 9/16" to each one
Cut your piece of card board perfectly square (90 degrees each corner) to your measurements.
Step 3: Cut Your Leather
You can cut one piece of leather for your outside cover if you want one solid color.
I wanted an accent that will be incorporated into the design later. Follow pics on how to fill in missing corner. Make sure you sew it together before moving on to next step
Step 4: Cut and Glue Flaps
Cut two pieces for your inside flaps that measure the height of your pattern by however wide you want it. Mine were 5" wide. You can use a pen on the back side of the leather for your measurements.
Glue your flaps onto the cover by making a thin bead of glue around outside edges. Just use enough to hold it in place until you sew it. Don't run your glue bead to run past the inside edge of the flap.
Step 5: Sew
Starting on what will be the back bottom corner of your book sew around the cover about 3/16" in from edge. Make sure you back stitch where you start and when you end. Snip thread off about 3/8" out and melt tips with a lighter.
All done with cover. Try it on. If it doesn't fit, too bad. Start over...
Step 6: Burn It
You can draw on a piece of paper to plan out your design and then use a scratch awl to transfer image on to leather.
I just go for it. Practice on some scrap leather first.
Take your time planning out where you want to go with your design. Don't stop the leather burner from moving because it will make a hole. For shading lightly scribble back and forth like you are using a pencil. Practice makes perfect!