Nicki LaFoille

Book Cover

Nicki LaFoille
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Duration:   16  mins

If your book cover is getting worn or scuffed, or if it’s just not very pretty, this video will show you how to create a book jacket using beautiful fabrics of your choosing.

Quilting cotton is the best choice for a book cover, as it is sturdy and comes in a variety of beautiful prints. The fabric Nicki uses in the video is from

First, to customize your fabric book cover to fit your book exactly, Nicki demonstrates how to measure the dimensions of the book, to determine what size rectangles to cut. The book cover is completely reversible, so you can choose two beautiful fabrics and turn the cover to the other side when you want to refresh the look of your book without having to stitch another cover.

You can also decorate the front of the fabric book cover with embroidery, paints, or a couched monogram for an extra customized pop.

If you’re always losing your bookmarks, Nicki shows you how to stitch a built-in bookmark. Grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, or lace work well for bookmarks. The placement of the bookmark matters; be sure to stitch the bookmark along the upper edge of the back side of the cover, especially if you’ve decorated the front side of the cover.

Nicki demonstrates how to stitch the rectangle edges to create the “pockets” for the book covers to slide into. Once the fabric book jacket is turned right side out, and the pockets tucked the correct way, Nicki shows you how to topstitch the pocket edges for a crisp, professional finish.

Stitch one to customize each of your notebooks, or to protect the edges of a well-loved book.

For other book-themed projects, check out how to make a purse from an old hardcover book.

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