Tujtorial – Fabric book cover from a T-shirt

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My son needed to have a fabric book cover for his one hardback school book in 1st grade. I looked around for these and found that they are now hard to find, or you have to buy a pack of them on Amazon. I only needed one, so I didn’t want to buy a whole pack. I went looking online to find out if anyone had ideas on how to make your own. I found lots of examples, including Martha Stewart, on how to make a fitted book cover. However, I wanted a stretchy one. Then I found one tutorial and it was super easy. You can find it here easy-knit-book-covers-tutorial.  My book turned out to be the same size as the one in the tutorial, which made it even easier for me since I didn’t even have to do the math.

Supplies:

Knit fabric (I used an old T-shirt)

Scissors or other cutting tool

Ruler/yardstick

Thread

Sewing machine or Serger

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Instructions:

First you need the dimensions of your book. Mine is 11 x 17.5.

Then use that to calculate the dimensions of your cover.

  • You need the height + .25 inches
  • You need the width + 6 inches (for flaps) – 1.5 inches (for stretch)
  • 11 + .25 = 11.25 inches high
  • 17.5 + 6 = 23.5; 23.5 -1.5 = 22 inches wide

Make sure that the stretch of the fabric goes around the book and not top to bottom.The stretch on a t-shirt goes side to side.

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Because of the location of the design that I wanted to be on the front of the cover, I actually cut out two panels that were 11.25 high X 11.5 wide. Then I sewed them together using a .5 inch seam allowance to get a piece 22 inches wide. If you are not trying to save a design like I was, you can cut one single panel in your desired width.

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With right sides together, fold in a three-inch flap on each side.

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Sew these along the top and bottom edges.

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Repeat for the other side. Turn right side out and fit to your book. It is as easy as that!

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