I made two covers so some of the pictures will contain pieces for both covers.
Welcome to the fourth and final post for how to create a quiet book cover. We will be putting all the pieces together from the previous posts. This post is a continuation from the previous posts about creating the quiet book cover straps and the outer cover. This is the final installment of the series. If you’ve missed any parts you will find the links below.
- Introduction and getting started
- Making the inner cover
- Making the straps and the outer cover
- Putting it all together
Now that all the prep work was finished in the previous posts I then went to use all the prepared pieces to sew the cover. I pinned the inner and outer cover together right side facing and both pieces upright. I started with the ends by pinning the handles to either end and the Velcro closure flap to the front, then went on to pin the top and bottom. When pinning the handles and the closure flap they have to be pointing inwards so when the cover is flipped right side out the handles and closure flap will be on the outside.
When pinning the cover pieces, wrong side out, start with the closure strap. Confirm it’s in the right place by lifting up the top piece and folding in the bottom piece to confirm it lines up to where you sewed the soft Velcro.
After attaching the closure flap continue by pinning the handles while making sure they also face inwards.
Confirm placement by lifting the top layer and looking inside. Then continue by pinning the second handle at the other end.
Remember to mark a space, I chose 4 inches long, that you won’t sew closed so you can easily flip it the right way out. I found it easiest to start sewing on one side of your marked opening, sew around the book, and then stopping when you hit the mark on the other side of the space.
Add a reminder mark on where to leave an opening to flip the cover the right way around.
While sewing around, I reinforced where the handles and closure flap connected by sewing back and forth a couple times. I also went over the stitching a second time just in case. When done examine it in case all layers of fabric didn’t get caught in your stitching. Then flip it right side out, confirm everything looks good, and sew up the opening.
Starting at your opening sew all the way around while making sure to reinforce the handles and closure strap.
The tips of the handles and closure flap sticking out after being sewn down.
Just after Ada’s cover was turned the right way out.
When finished I noticed the inner and outer cover gaps away from each other so I sewed a decorative stitch down either side of the book spine which also provided an easier place to bend the cover and make the spine more defined.
Sewed a heart decorative stitch on either side of center fabric to create a spine and stop the book cover from gaping between the inner and outer cover.
The created book spine from the outside.
I then closed the 4 inch space by folding the edges in, pinning it closed, and then hand sewing it.
There’s still the open space you used to flip the cover the right way out.
Pin it closed to make sewing it easier.
Hand sewed it closed.
The seam straight on.
So close… the only step now is to add any finishing touches, binder rings, and the pages!
Add the binder rings and any finishing touches.
All done… except adding the pages.
If I did this again I would change:
If I were to do this again I don’t know if I would add the flap closure. It’s simple enough for the kids to open and close, but I’ve noticed times when the hook Velcro from the flap connects to the felt on a page and I would be worried about it destroying the pages over time if used and when used more frequently. I would also spend more time designing the front cover and incorporate whichever closure I decided on into the design better. My current flap closure isn’t intuitive, but I had already added the kids’ names to the front and wanted to use a large swatch of Velcro to work with a lot of pages so this worked the best for me.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I can’t wait to see what you create! I’d love to hear from you through the comments below, on my Facebook page
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