Posted on Monday, July 23 2012 at 3pm
If you enjoyed Rebecca Bradshaw's guide to making a book cover in issue 212 (on sale until 2 August) you'll be glad to know that we kept an extra bit back from the feature so that we could share it with you here!
Follow Becs' step-by-step instructions to make your own funky notebook with a button closure.
For a decorative finish and to hold the book closed add a button and loop closure. Use a narrow cord, twine or ribbon and a button which is big enough for this to loop around.
1) Measure your book cover in the same way as for the basic cover and add ease plus a 1/2in (1.5cm) seam allowance all the way round. Don’t include the flap measurements. Cut one piece to these measurements for the main book cover.
2) Measure half the width of the front of the book; this will be the width of each flap. The height will be the same as for the main cover. Add 1/2in (1.5cm) allowance all round. Cut two flaps to these measurements from the same fabric as the main book cover.
3) To work out how long to make the loop, you will need to hold the button in the position you want it to be on the front of the book then loop the cord round it from the edge of the back of the book cover. Add 1in (2.5cm) to this measurement as this will be enclosed in the seam.
4) Before you join the main cover to the flaps, fold the cord in half to make a loop and match the two ends with the raw edges of the cover fabric and flap in the centre. Stitch the main cover and flap together enclosing the two ends of the cord. Go back and work some more stitches over the cord ends to hold securely.
5) Once you’ve completed the whole book cover, stitch the button to the front of the cover so that the loop sits safely round it.
If you missed issue 212,
and want to see the rest of the
feature, make sure you get your
copy before the 2nd of August.
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