Friday, July 13, 2012

50 Shades of a Book Cover

Yes, I did it. I didn't want to. I gave in to all the hype and pressure and I bought the book! You know the one. The naughty book. The really naughty book!

I said I wasn't going to. I did. My last straw was when the ladies of The View were talking about it and Barbara Walters had read it, I caved. It wasn't easy buying it. I snuck off to Costco where I could go through the self-checkout lane and buy it. I hid it under a pair of capri's in the cart and prayed I didn't need help with the self-checkout!

My next problem. I was taking Jordyn to soccer camp and wanted to take it to read while I was there. What if somebody saw this grandma sitting there reading that book?!!! I knew I had to do something.

Hence, the book cover.

Warning: this post is photo overload, but it's so simple. I whipped it up in one afternoon.
(Get it? "whipped" it up)

You can do this with any size book. You open your book and trace around it.

After you've marked around the book, cut around your tracing lines about an inch on the top and bottom. Leave the sides about 4". It really will depend on the size of your book.
This is your top piece.
At this point, I ironed lightweight interfacing to it. You don't want it too thick, so be sure to use a lightweight.
Cut another one the same size, but no interfacing (the back).

For the ruffle on the top, I cut contrasting fabric about 6" wide and the length of the top of book to the bottom and about  1 1/2 that size. Fold in half and sew.

Turn your tube to the right side and press with the seam in the middle. Here's a hint, iron your seam open before you iron it with the seam in the middle.

Use a long basting stitch and sew down both sides of the seam.

Pull one strand of your basting stitches to make  a ruffle and iron.

I pinned the ruffle on where I wanted it to go on the front and sewed it on with ribbon in the middle of the seam. Notice I have it on the book so I could see where the sides would turn in.

All sewn on the top piece.

Now sew your back to the front, right sides together. Be sure to leave an opening to turn.

Turn right side out and press.

On both short sides, topstitch along the edge, making sure you catch your opening on the one side.

At this point, you need to lay your book in and see where the inner flaps need to go.
Oops, hello phone.

After you know where to turn the flaps, sew another topstitch along the top and bottom catching them.

Stick the covers of your book in there and you're good to go!

Look! How innocent is that?

My next problem is that I don't know how I'm ever going to walk into Home Depot again without turning 50 shades of red!!

Laters, baby.

Happy Friday!

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Suttons said...

LOL I caved when I saw it on the View also!

I cheated though, I have an audible subscription so I listened to it *grin* No one could tell what I was listening to while grocery shopping, driving, sanding dressers.....

Ellen said...

I also caved! OMG, I have finished the second one now and just can't put them down once I start. You need to go buy the other two, trust me, the first will leave you "suspended"!

Terrie said...

The cover caught my eyes. Love the zabra strips and the bright yellow lines. Charming book cover.

Karen said...

Love the cover! As I was reading your post the Costco comment caught my eye lol! Your Costco has a self-checkout? Is that new? I wonder if they are putting those in all their stores.....

Terry said...

Love the book cover and you'll be able to use it when you go with the 2nd and 3rd books too, lol. Do let us all know how you enjoy it.

Kathy said...

This is so cute and I will be making some. I make all kinds of neat girly things come on over and join me!

Sew Set said...

this just cracked me up. I have read one too many books in my life that could have used a good book cover! Lol

I hope you will consider uploading this into the new Sewing directory at SewSet so others can fin the tutorial and your site!

Thanks so much,

Jeannie @ Living Loving Crafting said...

This is super cute!

Baked In The South said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love it if you would link up over at our party!

Jill said...

Great book cover! Hope you enjoy the book!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Abby said...

Cute! Very fun idea!

Crafty Mischief said...

Lol! I love that you made a book cover just for "the naughty book"! The book cover is darling! Thanks for sharing! :)

Natasha SerenityYou said...

i so need this when i lend my sister's copy of 50 shades of grey,

would love it if you could share them on my link party -

Natasha xx

Kristin said...

Adorable cover! Love the colors! And I read the books too but thankfully from my iphone and Kindle so nobody really knew, lol

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Great cover and love the fabric you chose. TFS!! I am about to cave and pick it up myself.

Stopping by from Reasons to Skip the Housework linky party and your newest follower. Here is what I shared:

Meeha Meeha said...

Thank you for the detailed tutorial, I hope that I can make one half as beautiful as yours :)

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Peas to see the book cover and did not know your post needed a rating scale: light blush to deep red. I have been tempted - our BAM has all the editions sitting right inside the door. My 16 year-old niece said it was good so i guess I can read it. I am surprised your cover was not gray and black with a little leather strap!

Distressed Donna Down Home

Creative M said...

Hi!I saw your fabulous and fun Book Cover at Craft Junkie too!!I love it!Thanks for the tutorial..I am going to try to make one this weekend.I will post on my blog!
Thanks again I enjoyed your post..Now I want to buy the book..LOL..New Follower.

Kathy Moody said...

The book cover is adorable!! I love the color combination. I have to try this. Thank you for inspiring another project. LOL

Emily said...

Love the book cover what a fabulous idea

AmieAnn said...

Ha ha aha! You are hilarious.. love that you made a cover to cover up the "naughty" book.. priceless! It came out super cute!
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

supermomnocape said...

Dropping by from the Sew Darn Crafty link party.

Really cute book cover... I love the yellow ruffle.

Kadie said...

I LOVE the book cover! I haven't read the books. You'll have to let us know if they are as good at people say! Thanks for partying with us girl.:)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Great, love the zebra and I'm glad it's a photo heavy tute. I need all the help I can get. Pinning this :) Thanks for joining us at A Crafty Soiree!