How to Embroider Your Own Book Covers for Back-to-Schoolcomments (4) August 22nd, 2014
When I was in school, we would cut up brown paper bags to make book covers, but now they have these cool ones made out of knit fabric that just stretch around the cover. I wish I had realized how easy they were to make-before Anna and I spent the day running around looking for some that would fit her books and her selective sense of style! This is a great project to add a little embroidery to, so let me show you a cool technique for embroidering on knits when you know the fabric will be permanently stretched after the project is complete.
This fabric cover is cut a little less wide than the book cover; it will have to stretch to fit. If you embroider on the fabric and then try to stretch it, the embroidery might be distorted, or worse, the fabric might pucker...yuck! We are going to stretch the fabric BEFORE we embroider, so it will look great once it's covering the book!
Here's what you'll need:
- A book to cover
- A big enough piece of stretch fabric to cover the book
- Embroidery designs of your choice
- Embroidery threads
- Soft tear-away stabilizer
- 505 temporary adhesive spray
- All-purpose thread
I started out trying to come up with a simple math problem to help you calculate how big to cut out your fabric-it was quickly becoming more complicated than it needed to be. So, I decided to simply trace the book I wanted to cover and make some adjustments when I added fabric for the flaps and that worked out great! Depending on how stretchy your fabric is, you may want to add even less fabric when we get to that step.
To create 3-inch flaps later, add 2 inches to both ends.
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.
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.
Smooth the fabric in the hoop without stretching it. Mark the fabric along the opposite edge of the hoop.
Mark a line 1 inch in from the edge of the hoop.
Lift the fabric out of the way and spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive spray.
Smooth the fabric into the hoop so that it firmly sticks to the stabilizer. Pin it along the line butted up against the edge of the hoop. By stretching out 1 inch of fabric from the hoop, you are approximating the condition of the fabric when it's covering the book-your embroidery will look great, not stretched out!
Embroider your design. I picked a curlycue font to spell out "Math" and dotted the rest of the cover will little circular-shaped embroidery designs.
After you finish embroidering, remove the fabric from the hoop and gently tear away the stabilizer. Now you are about two minutes away from an adorable book cover. Simply fold 3 inches of the ends up, right sides together with the cover. Pin in place and run the top and bottom edges through your serger (from folded edge to folded edge). Turn the flap to the inside of the cover and stretch it over your book.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery