How To Make a Fabric Book Cover

Making a fabric book cover is super easy. I’m making one for a textbook, but you can use in on any hardcover book, journal, or binder.

This is a great back to school project to beautify and protect all your books and binders. You could also use it to add color and pattern to books on a shelf or coffee table.

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Step 1: Measure and cut the fabric

With the book closed, measure from the edge of the back cover around to the edge of the front. That’s 19” for this book. Also measure the height, which is 11” here.

Fabric Book Cover - Measure from edge of back cover around to edge of front
Fabric Book Cover - Measure the height

Add 8” to the width and 2” to the height and cut out a piece of fabric that’s this size. My piece is 27″ x 13″.

I’m using an outdoor fabric for this textbook because it’s durable and water and stain resistant. You could also use a lightweight cotton print or a drapery fabric.

Fabric Book Cover - Measure a piece that's 8 inches wider and 2 inches taller
Fabric Book Cover - Cut out the piece

Step 2: Sew the pockets

Fold in the ends about ¼” and iron. Sew down the fold on both sides.

Fabric Book Cover - Fold in the ends 1/4 inch and iron
Fabric Book Cover - Sew the ends

Lay the book out flat on the right side of the fabric and center it. There should be about 4” or a little less on the sides.

Fold the fabric in over the ends of the cover and pin on the top and bottom. Make sure it fits when closed.

Fabric Book Cover - Center the book
Fabric Book Cover - Fold the ends in
Fabric Book Cover - Pin on the top and bottom
Fabric Book Cover - Close the book to make sure it fits

Mark a line about 1/8” from the top and bottom of the book on all the corners.

Sew on the marked lines. Clip the excess fabric from the corners and turn right side out.

Fabric Book Cover - Mark a line 1/8 inch from top and bottom of book
Fabric Book Cover - Sew on lines
Fabric Book Cover - Clip corners
Fabric Book Cover - Turn right side out

Step 3: Iron

Iron the ends flat. Fold the top and bottom in to match the pockets and iron.

Slide the cover into the pockets and the fabric book cover is done!

Fabric Book Cover - Iron the ends flat
Fabric Book Cover - Fold the top and bottom in and iron
Fabric Book Cover - Slide book in pockets
Fabric Book Cover - Finished 1
Fabric Book Cover - Finished 2
Fabric Book Cover - Finished 4
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