Simple book cover tutorial

Last week was the start of my quest to funally get a round to all the jobs that I keep leaving and leaving....I'm happy to say that my new "Round Tuit" is working and things are getting done!!  

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)

Then I double turned and stitched each edge to neaten. (As you can see my pinning is rather rough, I do smooth it out more when I machine stitch!!)

Next step is to place the book open and central on the fabric, which should be right side facing upwards. 
Fold one side flap over and pin at the top and bottom above and below the book.

Fold the other side flap over, but don't pin yet!

Because the material  will stretch as the book closes, shut the book now, allow the material to give into the bend of the book and pin the top and bottom of the flap above and below the book.

Stitch the top and bottom of both flaps about where your double turned edges end.
Your cover should now look something like this:

Next turn the book cover right side out, and fold down and pin, the middle parts at both the top and bottom.

Top stitch this to hold it down in place.

Your book cover is now finished and ready to slip your book into!

The side flaps can also be used as little pockets to slip notes into - or in my case here, new recipes cut  from magazines!



  1. Nice updo for your recipe book! And a great way to use up good fabric that you don't actually want to wear.

  2. Great tutorial! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you. :)

  3. Loved the tutorial! And the fabric is amazing! Good use of it.

  4. I've never seen a cuter recipe book!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  5. What a cute idea! Thanks for an awesome tutorial and for linking up to Hoo's got talent!


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