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This book cover zips closed and has pockets and handles, making it a perfect bible cover and great for so many special books. It makes a great hand sewn gift that will be treasured for years to come.
MaterialsContinue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Measure the Book
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- Measurement A -- With the book closed measure the distance from the outer edge of one cover, around the book to the outer edge of the other cover. Add 1 1/2" to this measurement (1" for seam allowances and 1/2" for ease).
- Measurement B -- Measure the height of the book and add 1 1/2" to this measurement (1" for seam allowances and 1/2" for ease).
- Measurement C -- Make note of the width of the book back or spine.
03 of 09
Make a Paper Pattern and Cut the Fabric
- Make a paper pattern, usually a rectangle Measurement A by Measurement B
- Find the center of Measurement A by folding the paper in half. Divide Measurement C to have equal parts of Measurement C on each side of the center mark.
- Mark 1/2" in around the edge of the entire paper pattern.
- Measure the distance around the edge of one side of the pattern, at the 1/2" markings, from the markings for Measurement C. Add 1" to this measurement (now called Measurement D)
- Make a second paper pattern, a rectangle, Measurement D by Measurement C with 1" added.
- Mark the larger pattern piece 1/2" into the spine area from one side. This will be the inside book cover flaps.
- Cut one of the main pattern piece
- Cut one of the long narrow rectangle
- Cut two of the inside book cover flaps
- Optional: Cut two inside book flaps 1" narrower than the first ones for inside pockets
Note: Rotary cutting tools are a great way to make sure you are making and cutting truly squared pieces.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Zipper - Part 1Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Zipper - Part 2
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- Top stitch near the folded edge.
- Repeat for the other side of the zipper, keeping the ends of the fabric strip even.
- Lay the finished zipper section on your pattern piece and be sure they are the same size. Evenly trim the fabric from both sides if necessary.
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Piping and Handle
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- Sew optional piping at the 1/2" seam allowance if desired.
- Fold the main body piece in half (as it will wrap around the book) and gently press the halfway mark.
- Lay webbing as shown in the photograph and decide the length of the handles you want.
- Cut the webbing and gently melt the raw ends to prevent fraying.
- Fold the webbing in half and mark the halfway point.
- Measure an even distance from each side edge, lay one end of the webbing at the fold mark on the body of the fabric, lay the halfway mark of the webbing on the fold of the body piece an even distance from the other side of the body. Bring the other end of the webbing to meet the first end. Pin the webbing to the body piece stopping 1 1/2" from the edges. Be sure you have not twisted the webbing before stitching in place.
- Zigzag over the butted ends of the webbing. Top stitch the edges of the webbing, stopping and pivoting 1 1/2" from the handle edge of the fabric. Backstitch or repeat some stitching to secure the stitching.
- Pin the handles to the center area of the fabric so they are held out of the way during construction.
07 of 09
Attaching Zipper Section to the Body Piece
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- With right sides together, match the center of one end of the zipper with the center of the body piece.
- Repeat for the other end of the zipper section.
- Clip the body piece 1/2" from the ends of the zipper section, to allow it to pivot around the zipper section.
- Align the edges of the body piece with the zipper piece, clipping the zipper section for it to pivot around the corners of the body piece.
- Open the zipper and repeat for the opposite edge. Stitch in place.
08 of 09
Interior Flap and Optional Pocket - Part 1
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- Zigzag one edge of each interior flap section and optional pocket section. (An edge that is the height of the book.)
- Fold under 1/2" at the zigzagged edges and stitch in place.
- Align the raw edges of the interior flap and optional pocket, placing both sections right side up. Baste them together.
- Place interior flap section on the body section, right sides together, aligning the raw edges. This flap section should only go to where the end of the zipper section pivots to meet the body. A bit smaller is fine but if it is too large, trim from the top raw edge to make it fit.
09 of 09
Interior Flap and Optional Pocket - Part 2
- Sew in place. Repeat for both sides of the book cover.
- Trim the corners to remove bulk and zigzag the raw edges.
- Turn right side out, press, and insert book.