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I don't like people being able to see my reading choices
Since my car was wrecked in Jan. I have been riding the bus. The bus has some advantages, it goes right by my work I have an extra 400 dollars a month and 45 minutes of ride time to read. I looooove sci fi and alternative history but I don't like the way paperbacks get in my bag and I don't like people being able to see my reading choices and I am always losing my bookmark. So I made covers, the planet one for me and the linen type for a fellow passenger with a really ratty book cover, it was so bad it was haunting me in my sleep ! They have built in ribbon bookmarks and fit most books because of the flap closure.

Supplies

1 fat quarter
1 ½ inches sew on Velcro
Interfacing *fusible* I use decorbond

Cut List

Outer fabric (1) 10 x 7 ½
Interfacing (1) 10 x 7 ½
Lining (1) 10 x 7 ½
Flaps (2 ) 3 ¾ x 7 ½
Interfacing (2) 3 ¾ x 7 ½
Closure tab (2) 2 x 4 ½ * round one short end * ( I used a spool )
Interfacing (1) 2 x 4 ½ * round one short end * ( I used a spool )

RST = right sides together
WST = wrong sides together
RSO = right side out
¼ seams allowed
*Pay attention to the direction of your fabric if it has a directional print like mine did.*

Posted by mars f. from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States • Published See mars f.'s 59 projects »
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  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fuse interfacing pieces to the outside of outer fabric piece, flaps, and one of the closure tabs.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew hook part ( hard ) of Velcro to ride side of interfaced outer fabric, centered and about 1 ¾ inches from right side. Sew loop part ( soft ) of Velcro to interfaced side of tab closure.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place tab closure pieces RST and sew, trim seam allowances to about 1/8. Turn rso and press, topstitch 1/8 from edge.

    Press a ¼ in. hem on one long side of each interfaced flap ( pay attention to print direction ). Topstich close to edge.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Baste ribbon one inch left of center on outer fabric piece. Baste tab closure centered on left side of outer fabric piece ( across from hook part of Velcro ).

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place flaps RST to outer fabric piece making sure the hemmed edges are towards the center, tape the ribbon out of the seam allowances.* make sure the ribbon is not under the flap , I didn't get the right picture * Make sure edges are even.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place lining piece RSD on top and pin around edges, being sure to leave an opening between flaps to turn.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew with a ¼ in. seam allowance, clip corners diagonally and edges to about 1/8 of and inch.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn RSO thru opening and poke corners out with a knitting needle or something similar. Press.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 9
    Step 9

    Topstitch between flaps ( makes it turn better ) being sure to catch opening in bottom.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Paperback Bookcovers - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cover your book of unrealistic Male characters.

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
ooh by the way i really love the space-y one! I cannot find fabric related to space around here at all!
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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
Holy crap I must try to get on this one right away! I haven't been reading enough lately but I think that I would love to do this project! Might even make me read more too! Happy
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Poetica
Poetica · Morgantown, West Virginia, US
This is an awesome idea! Happy Something I can make for my hubby who reads alot of paperbacks!
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Merquinn
Merquinn · Chicago, Illinois, US · 22 projects
You have just made my reading life sooo much easier with the built in bookmark thanks loads
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Pinky T.
Pinky T. · Spring Hill, Florida, US · 7 projects
Lol, Get down with your Geek-Crafting self! People looking at your reading stuffs was one of the topics on my fiancees podcast a little while ago. I don't want people to know I'm reading Burning Wheel, an RPG book that's about the same size of a romance novel... what a "novel" idea...ok ok that was a bad pun. I'm off to craft away! *swoosh*
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cherry rabbit mama
cherry rabbit mama · 4 projects
gooood thinking. Now i can read romances in public lol
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
wow you have alot of projects that I am so loving, I will be sending you a friend request soon! lol
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EmilieMae
EmilieMae · Rochester, New York, US · 2 projects
Is this sized for Mass Market Paperbacks or Trade Paperbacks?
I find a lot of Science Fiction (as well as other genres) have been increasingly published in Trade Paperback size. It's pretty much the new book publishing trend.
-Future Librarian
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Caty C.
Caty C. · Cartago, Cartago, CR · 11 projects
this is so cool!! i've been wanting something to cover my books with.. so nice.
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Kiki
Kiki · Canada, CA · 6 projects
Oooh! Fantastic idea!
I agree with you; I don't like when people see what I can read. They don't need to know what a nerd I am Tongue
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