happily, katie

cloth covering books; how to

transform something drab into something beautiful. I covered an ordinary notebook, for use in my children’s literature subject at uni.

– to hold all the ideas

Autumn, 2010

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You’ll need:

  • the book you want to cover
  • a piece of fabric, just larger than the size of the book covers,
  • a glue stick and a tube of fabric glue (available very cheaply)
  • a pair of scissors
  • four bull-dog clips
  • enough paper for the inside (I re-cycled some old packaging for mine)
  • and one very handy bobby pin (or other pointy implement)

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First steps:

  • using a glue stick, cover the front of the book in an even amount of glue
  • position half of the fabric (leaving room for excess around the edges) over the front cover
  • press the fabric down onto the cover, spreading your hands from the centre outwards, to ensure no air pockets get trapped
  • fold the excess fabric down along the outer edge and clip…

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Next:

  • spread fabric glue across the ridge and spine of the book (as above)
  • press the fabric into the ridge and across the spine
  • glue the back cover in the same way as the front and clip edges as before

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Now :

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make a small cut next to the spine…

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glue edges around cover (use some extra paper if necessary)

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glue spine and, using bobby-pin, fasten fabric between the cover and pages.

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Now all you need to do is glue some paper between the end pages!

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Voilà! Ready to be taken anywhere, or tucked safely away with all the other books.

This entry was published on March 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm and is filed under eco-chic, how-to. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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