My first project was to tidy up my recipe book. I did that, and decided to make a pretty cover for it too!
Here's how I made the cover:
First I chose my fabric - a waistcoat I was given, loved the fabric but was never likely to wear it!
Then I just placed the open book on the fabric, and cut around, leaving about 3cm above and below the book, and enough on either side for the flaps over (about 10cm on each side in total)