Fabric Book Jacket

Another post from December 2008. My group of highschool friends were having a Secret Santa and I’d bought a book from Japan for my person. I also wanted to make a Japanese-styled book cover for her. Here’s how it went:

  1. Measure your book’s width, length and (spine) height. Mine was: 11.5cm width, 1.5cm height and 19cm length.
  2. Plan a rectangle – the width will be the book’s length (19cm) and the length will be 1/2 book’s width (approx. 5.5cm) + book width (11.5cm) + book height (1.5cm) + book width (11.5cm) + 1/2 book’s width again (5.5cm) = 25.5cm TOTAL. The 1/2 book widths are for the fabric that will fold over into the inside of the book later.
  3. Add 1.5cm seam to your plan.

So in the end, my rectangle of fabric will be cut out to be 20.5cm (width) x 26.5cm (length).
I just used some left over curtain fabric.

  1. Hem in 1/4cm along all 4 edges of the rectangle (this is to make the edges neat and to stop fraying).
  2. Then fold over the ends of the rectangle by about the half book’s width (5.5cm). This should be folded so that the pattern sides of the fabric are facing each other.
  3. Sew along the part where the length of the rectangle are folded on top of each other.

  1. When you flip it back (so the pattern sides are on the outside again), it should look like the above. You’ll notice that the length of the main rectangle (especially on the right in the above picture) seems to fall out. Fold that in, so that the hem will now be tucked inside, and sew along the lengths there.

Put your book inside, with the front and back covers tucked into the pockets.

And it’s done!


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