Pinned it, did it {patchwork Bible cover}


 So, Pinterest. We all love it right?

I hated the idea of it at first and only signed up so that I could send an invitation to my sister. But then I found it useful for 'pinning' things I saw on other blogs that I wanted to remember or have a go at myself.

This year I've been trying to work through my 'to do' list as I've found it's very easy for us seamstresses and crafters to get excited by all of the ideas out there but never get around to actually making anything.

This is what I pinned.

The only problem was there wasn't a tutorial, just a few beautiful pictures. So I made one and created a tutorial so that I could share it.

My Bible has been getting progressively scruffier and scruffier as time goes on as the cover is faux leather so instead of getting softer and more supple it's been wearing away and flaking off in my bag. Nice, attractive AND practical. :)

Ok, step one, get your beaten up Bible (or other book you'd like to cover) and a few chocolates. They don't need to be Ikea chocolates, they're just what I had handy.

Next you need to measure around your book to see how big you want the flaps that will hold your cover in place. Take your tape measure and see how far you want it to overlap and then wrap it around the book fully to the other cover.

I added 4cm onto each end for my seam allowance and a bit of wiggle room.

Measure from the top of your book to the bottom and add 2cm on to the top and bottom.

Ok, now it's time to start gathering your fabrics. I chose pinks, whites and green. No wait, go back and eat your chocolates before your husband realises you brought some upstairs!

Ok, now you can admire your pretty fabrics.

I took all the fabrics out of my scraps basket but don't worry, it's still over flowing!!

This is where I make life complicated. I decided I wanted the finished squares to be 4cm so made a template 6cm x 6cm which allowing for my seam allowance of 1cm would end up being 4cm. Still with me?

Then I divided my width of my Bible by 4cm to get 11 squares and then my height of my Bible to get 5 squares. Ok, so I needed 55 squares. Yes? either. Maths isn't my strong point.

Anyway, I cut 55 squares and laid them out until I was happy with my 'random' pattern. Anyone who knows me will know I have issues with 'random'.

I piled each row up in order and sewed the 11 squares together. I ended up with 5 rows of squares.

I ironed the seams open and then sewed the 5 rows together. I referred back to my lay out photo more than once during this process!

Then I laid the patchwork piece out on some grey felt (cheaper than batting) and pressed it. The felt kinda fuses to the cotton meaning there's no need for basting.

Using the inside gap of my walking foot I quilted up and down the rows and columns on my machine.

If anyone comments on how often I proclaim to hate making patchwork and hate quilting then I won't send you a Christmas card this year :)

Try not to be too accurate with your stitching, you don't want your friends to think you're better than them and find other friends.

It's around about now that you can start wishing you'd rationed your chocolates instead of eating them all at the start.

Ok, so now lay your backing fabric out on top of your patchwork and cut your patchwork down to size. I told you I'm not good at maths, I thought they'd both be the same size but evidently not. Oops again!

Maybe I should have brazened that out and pretending I'd meant it. Oh well.

Anyway, if you're going to use some ric rac trim on the inside edges now is the time to sew it on. Don't forget your seam allowance like me, pin it where you're going to be sewing your seam. I forgot so did it right along the very edge.

Now pin your backing fabric and patchwork fabric right sides together and sew along all 4 edges leaving a good sized turning gap. If you want to put a ribbon bookmark in or an elastic for a button closure, now is the time for that. I made mine simple :)

Don't forget to trim your edges to help your corners stay sharp.

Turn it right side out and press well.

I turned over the flaps and pressed those in place too.

Using a whipstitch I stitched the flaps to the main cover. You can see here about halfway along I stitched through the flap layer and both of the lining layers. This is to close the turning gap. On the other 3 ends you will only need to stitch through the two lining layers.

Insert your Bible and you're ready to rock and roll! Or read and praise, one of the two :)

How many books do you want to cover now then lovelies?

Samantha xx

At home with Mrs H

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  1. Your bible cover looks so lovely, like something I'd expect to see in Cath Kidston!
    I made a book cover once, but my patchworking skills are nonexistent so it's really higgledy-piggledy! Yours beats it hands down lol

  2. You did an amazing job with the Bible cover! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. So beautiful! My Bible is doing the exact same thing - flaking off. I actually put packing tape around the binding so it would stop the process somewhat. Now I know how I will cover the entire thing. Can't believe I didn't look to fabric as the solution before. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! :)

  4. This looks SO pretty! It also looks rather time-consuming...but worth it! Thanks for the tutorial! I'd love for you to share here at my party, open through Wednesday!

  5. your bible cover is so pretty, well done, you can make yourself a fortune selling these on your craft stall

  6. I absolutely love your handiwork -- your patchwork skills are gorgeous. I'd like to make decorative book covers but I'll try one piece of fabric first. ;-)

    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial & the tip about using felt.

  7. I loved this! I had to pin it! LOL

  8. SOOOOOOO cute, im featuring this!!! thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. I absolutely adore it. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!
    I featured it on my party today! ♥

  10. This is adorable! Thanks for the wonderful tut, and I wanted to let you know you're featured onmy blog today! Thanks for coming to link this up and hope to see you next week! :-)

  11. Very nice and classy looking. Will have to give this ago myself. Need to convert to inches. Don't do metric. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thank you for taking the time to make and share this! I have been looking for something just like this but wanted to have a cover that was feminine. There just aren't any out there, everything is very "loud". I look forward to making one for my daughters' bibles as well.

  13. A beautiful way to cover such a precious book! I'm going to pin your tutorial so I can make one too (after I finish a picnic quilt I'm making). And I might need a few more chocolates!!!

  14. I love this! It's a great gift for my mother... thanks for the tutorial!

  15. This looks gorgeous (another one bookmarked to make later).

    By the way, this part of the tutorial... "Try not to be too accurate with your stitching, you don't want your friends to think you're better than them and find other friends." made me laugh so much!!! I like your writing style :)


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