Monday, December 9, 2013

Cotton Laminate Bible/Book Cover

I recently got a new bible and it's light gray leather. It an effort to keep it from getting pen marks or scuffs, I wanted to make a cover for it.
I also wanted more page markers than the 2 it came with.  So this is what I came up with...

I used a cotton laminate by Amy Butler.  The cover is a very simple design, unlined.  I just measured from the edge of the front cover around the spine to the edge of the back, then added 7 inches (this left me 3.5 inches for each side to hem and fold to the inside). I also added 1" to the book's height for seam allowance.   I sewed the pockets right sides together and then turned them out.  Then stitched down the section between the pockets at the top and bottom.

I also cut 2 long thin strips of laminate to use as extra page markers.  I glued them in between a folded piece of card stock 1" wide, and slipped it down behind the leather at the spine.  I could have attached them directly to the laminate cover, too. But I'm not sure how they will hold up and if they get too frayed looking, I'd like to be able to remove and replace them.

I like it!  Now I'm looking around to see what other books might need a pretty cover.  :)


Valerie Boersma said...

It's gorgeous, Kimberly!!

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas season so far! xx

Bits of Stitching! said...

I too have a copy of that same Bible :-)!!! (Found your blog through My Casa Bella's blog)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thanks Valerie!

Hi Bits of Stitching! So glad you stopped by.
Have you made a cover for yours? I love the gray, but being a lighter color I was afraid it would get marked up too easily.
Take care sis! :)

Bits of Stitching! said...

I haven't, I'm liking the gray and the texture... it also has a very modern/futuristic ;-) look. So for now I'm taking the risk.

My Casa Bella said...

oh I love that I need to make one for mine as well, they're expensive to buy. Do you have a pattern for it? it's so pretty!!!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Arlene,
Thanks! No pattern, but its a pretty simple design.
Since I used the laminate, and I wanted a thinner cover, I didn't bother to line it or anything.
The laminate also doesn't fray like untreated cotton does, so I think I just did a single turned hem on the ends.

If I make another, I'll photograph a step by step. :)


Lilbitbrit said...

I do like your cover for the gray Bible.

I made one too out of felt and applied appliques and embroidered it.

Also made a fancy book mark out of plaiting embroidery thread and added a felted heart.