Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Upcycling #2 – Book and Binder Covers

Book cover from free motion quilting sample

Last year, I took part in the Free Motion Quilting Challenge at Insights from SewCalGa and in the process ended up with lots of “samples”.

What a shame not to use them for something!

So, this is a book cover made from the Tiles challenge by Angela Walters.  The quilting design in the tile is Leah Day's design "H2O"

Here's what I used, minus the small blue scrap which I did not need.


I measured the book and added seam allowances.  I cut the quilted portion longer so that it would turn in about one inch on the inside covers.  Added extensions and turned under.  

Extensions on book cover

 I used a decorative stitch to turn under the edges

Inside covers

Quilted book cover


I like to use binders to store instructions, class information, etc.

Here's three different options I used to make binder covers: orphan blocks, pieced strips left-over from making a quilt, even placemats.

Orphan blocks
orphan blocks

 Strips left-over from making a quilt

Left over strips

inside cover

Made from placemats

cut to fit

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday, all Canadian blogs!

Happy Quilting,



Linda said...

Wonderful idea to make book covers! Love it.

Margaret said...

Now there's a great way to use orphan blocks, and maybe the finished strips from a strip quilt I'm never going to finish... Thanks!!