When my younger daughter was at college, she used to cover her textbooks to protect them, and she gradually perfected a method that produces a strong, long-lasting, wonderful-to-the-touch book cover. She covered one of my cookbooks, and I was so impressed that I asked her to show me how to do it. I took pictures of her while she was making one of the book covers so that I could remember what she did. She used wrapping paper, index cards, and contact paper.She makes corner reinforcements out of the index cards to keep the edges from wearing.
I found a copy of McCall’s Dressmaking Made Easy at the craft thrift store, and it was in great shape except for the cover. Sometimes publications from the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s have covers that are dyed red, and it can rub off on surfaces now that the dye has aged. I like to cover these books or pamphlets so I can still use them without my hands turning red. I decided to give the book cover instructions a try myself, following her directions carefully. It is fun to use colorful wrapping papers for the book covers. Here is the result of my first effort:
I’ve never been as successful using contact paper, but this project taught me to use a credit card to smooth it out when applying it to the wrapping paper. I made the title labels with Word and cut them out with deckle scissors. They are held down temporarily with a glue stick glue and then the contact paper holds them in place.
The sewing project in the works right now is a handbag for my MIL. She lives by a small shopping center, and needs a nice small purse that she can carry when walking over to the shops. Her regular handbag is large and heavy and doesn’t have a shoulder strap. I’ve got it all cut out and am ready to start sewing tomorrow.