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!!
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