For all those of you who love your books this one is just for you! While we were trawling the net we came across this delightful idea from Amy. We all have some books in our collection which have blank covers. Well this is a absolutely delightful way to cover them with fabric and transform your favorite books into visual art as well.
You can also use fabric to cover your kids school books, writing books, your own journals, sketch book the possibilities are endless. You can cover any book with a fabric of your choice to make it unique to you!
What do you need? Amy says all you need is –
- Cotton fabric to cover the book you’ve chosen. You can use old scrap or get a custom 1 m fabric printed with a design of your choice at chimoraprint
- The item you wish to cover i.e. book, journal, notepad, etc.
- Spray Glue
- Small foam brush to spread the glue evenly
Now for the instructions from Amy on how to create this beautiful covered book
1. Lay out your book and cut a rectangle of fabric larger than the size of your book… 1 to 2 inches larger on all sides
2. Spray the back the fabric and the outside of the book with spray glue. She warns don’t do this inside the house! Spray well to cover evenly, and ensure the spine is well covered. Another tip is to hang the fabric from a hanger with clothes pins to spray. For the book make a tent of the book and then spray!
3. Next, place your closed book on one end of the fabric. Press book firmly down, checking to make sure the fabric is smooth and securely adhered to the book cover.
4. Flip the book over gently. Make sure the spine is in contact with the fabric when you do this. Wrap the other side of the fabric around the front of the book. Be careful to prevent any air bubbles or wrinkles in the fabric.
Your book should look like this by now.
5. Cut off all 4 corners of the fabric, leaving about 1/8 of an inch margin between the corner and the edge of the cut.
6. Make two cuts in the fabric by the spine. The cuts should line up with where the cover creases. Do this on both ends of the book.
7. Smooth the fabric over the edges of the cover on all sides. Pay special attention to the corners, making sure to pull the fabric tightly over the edges. Use glue if necessary to make sure the flaps are adhered completely.
Your book should look like this.
8. Add a very thing layer of glue to the left over tabs of fabric on either side of the spine. Then using a letter opener or a butter knife, push the tabs down into the little gap between the cover and the binding.
9. Add a little Glue to the the corners of the book and use your fingers to push down the fabric (if necessary) to make a clean looking corner and keep them from fraying in the future.
Once dried your good to go! Voila a lovely way to showcase your creative unique personality.
EXTRA TIP: if you want to gift someone a journal or diary or a book you can cover it with fabric to make it special for them. Add a bow on top and your gift is ready, without any wrapping paper needed!