The Summer Scrap Elimination 2022: Week 3

Good morning Summer Scrappers! It's week 3 and we're going to be doing something a little different this week! I love this one because it's a great afternoon project that you can enjoy for yourself or make for gifts. Great for a birthday present, or part of a wedding gift, you can personalize these, choose favorite colors, add an applique, and put with any book you choose.

There are multiple ways to make this week's project, so we'll talk about our "cut list" in a few different ways. We're making book covers which I particularly like for hard cover books especially one I plan to travel with, study from, or gift.

How to create a cut list for your book cover with or without pocket:

Begin by measuring the front cover of your book.

Measure the width of the cover from the edge to the fold where the cover board hinges. Mine measures 6".

Measure the length of the cover board from top to bottom. My book measure 9 1/2".

I can base my cut list on these two measurements and you can tailor any of your projects to the measurements of your chosen books with just those same two measurements.

My book cover is 6" x 9 1/2", so I need to add enough seam allowance to make the cover fit and have an inside sleeve and pocket (optional). I add 3/4" to both measurements for the top portions. I also need cut pieces for the inside sleeve and optional pocket. Based on my measurements, my materials list looks like this.

Cover panel pieced and trimmed to measure 6 3/4" x 10 1/4"

Lining piece 6 3/4" x 10 1/4"

Inside sleeve: 6" x 10 1/4"

Lining for inside sleeve: 6" x 10 1/4"

Optional pocket 6" x 9"

Two pieces of leftover binding about 8" long each

I plan to piece my cover panel so I have several skinny strips all about 11" long and I cut my lining pieces out of some leftovers from a recent quilt back.

Step 1:

I chose coordinating brights and some blacks from my overflowing black drawer. As I piece my strips together I press toward the darker fabric. I like my wool mat for this to keep things nice and flat and of course I'm always using my favorite Oliso Pro+ iron.

Piece a cover panel until it can be trimmed to measure 6 3/4" x 10 1/4".

Step 2:

With right sides together, layer the cover panel with the 6 3/4" x 10 1/4" lining fabric and stitch a 1/4" seam on both long sides.

Step 3:

Turn right side out and press

If you would prefer to make an even scrappier cover panel with different sized scraps and the stitch and flip method, you may wish to watch my quick Stitch and Flip tutorial on Youtube.