How to Embroider Your Own Book Covers for Back-to-School

comments (3) August 22nd, 2014     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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These adorable book covers are fun to embroider and require just two quick trips through the serger to put together!
Trace around your book.
Add an allowance for the flap on each end.
These adorable book covers are fun to embroider and require just two quick trips through the serger to put together!

These adorable book covers are fun to embroider and require just two quick trips through the serger to put together!

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To create 3-inch flaps later, add 2 inches to both ends.

  Add an allowance for the fabric on each end.

Cut out your rectangle. You can test-fit the fabric to your book by wrapping around the cover. If your fabric is really stretchy, you can trim an inch or two off one end to get a snugger fit.

  Using a ruler and rotary cutter makes it easy to cut accurate, straight lines.

Draw a parallel line to each end 3 inches in from the edge. Hoop soft tear-away stabilizer in the hoop and position the fabric so that you can pin it in place along the line.

  Use five or six pins to hold the fabric securely to the stabilizer.

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Comments (3)

Criativa writes: Hello,

Very nice work. ;)

Posted: 9:53 am on September 1st
RondaR53 writes: I like these! What kind of embroidery system are you using? Just curious about that. I would think one could do a patchwork design with embroidery on it to variate the cover design. The knit material would be good for recycling t-shirts, too. :) Oh, maybe use denim jeans for accents and to add a pocket trim, just a thought. :)
Posted: 7:53 pm on August 9th
Cyndiella writes: These are very cute. I have made many book covers out of those brown paper bags through the years. The knit fabric is such a good idea for making these. You could even use an old t-shirt. The embroidery is a fun idea also with lots of possibilities, because of course you have to decorate it. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 9:06 am on September 29th
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