Make a book cover out of old shirts.
I love it when something such as a shirt placket has an obvious use, as it does here. If it were simply strips of fabric joined together, it wouldn’t have the same finish. This project is dear to my heart as it is simple to do and, depending on colour choices, can look sophisticated, homespun or simply stunning.
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Place the fusible webbing on the lining and then, using a hot iron, go over the paper side until the glue has melted. You will see this through the paper. Peel off the paper (see pic. 2).
In case you end up with fusible webbing on the bottom of the iron, keep some nail varnish remover and a soft cloth to hand, as this will remove the glue.
Carefully cut the plackets away from the shirts and then arrange them on top of the glue side of the lining, until you are happy with the composition (see pic. 3). Using a hot iron, press the top of the plackets until they stick. Trim the overhanging edges of the plackets so they align with the edge of the lining. If you wish, you can machine stitch each placket into place.
Wrap the cover around the book. To make a slip pocket to hold the cover on the book, slip stitch the overlap top and bottom on each side (see pic. 5).