Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quilted Bible Cover Tutorial

Here is a quick, practical project that takes about 1 hour but looks like it took you all day. I used fabric that was on sale for $2 a yard and used less than 1/2 a yard of each. If you happen to have quilt batting and thread at home, like me, this project should cost you less than $7.

Measuring and Cutting

Start out by measuring your Bible while it's open and completely flat. You can do this two ways.

Option #1- If you own a rotary mat you can just lay it in a corner and get both measurements.

Option #2-Or you can just lay a sewing tape across a flat surface, such as a table, and place your Bible on top.

As you can see, I got the same measurement each time.

Measure from the front flap to about 3/4 of the width to get the depth for the inserts...those things that you slide the cover into. About 5 1/2 inches seems to work with most size Bibles.

Now, calculate all of your measurements. My Bible measured 15" x 9.75"

Add 2" to both measurements. So, I cut it out at 17" x 12"....I just rounded up.

- Cut one piece each of lining and exterior with these measurements.
- 2 pieces 5 1/2" x 12" or whatever the second measurement is - these are the inserts
- 2 pieces 4" x 14" for the handles
- 1 piece 1 1/2" x 18" for the ties

** Iron all of the pieces before you start sewing. You won't be able to iron out any wrinkles once it's all assembled.**

**All seams will be sewn at 1/2 inch unless told otherwise. **

Let's Get Sewing!
Take the tie and handle pieces and press sides towards center. Then fold over again and press. Sew close to edge.

On tie piece only-Fold edges over on both ends and zig-zag several times to secure. Cut in half to form two ties.

Next. Grab insert pieces. Fold one of the larger edges over 1/4" and press then fold over another 1/4" and press again. Sew hem in place.

Lay out one of the larger pieces on some quilt batting. Cut around very loosely to allow for accidental shifting.

Pin exterior piece to batting and quilt in diagonal lines 1-2 inches apart. Trim off excess batting.
You can measure and draw the lines if your picky, but I just freehand it. If you have a really good thread match it won't matter.

Almost Done!

In the following order, pin these pieces to shorter edges of lining fabric.

- pin insert edge right side up with the finished edge towards the center.
- find center of insert edge and pin the unfinished edge of the tie.
- pin handle about 1" on either side of tie. Do this on both sides. Fold over to make sure pieces line up exactly on both sides.

Stitch 1/4" seam around insert and over all straps to secure all pieces to lining.

With right sides together, pin quilted piece to lining piece; being careful to keep all straps inside. Make sure to smooth out any bulk as you pin and leave a 4-6 inch opening for turning.

**The pencil shows the opening in the pic above.**

Turn right side out and use a pencil to push out corners.

Slide Bible into cover before closing seam. If you find yours to be snug like mine, you can close the opening by sewing two seam lines about 1/8" apart from insert to insert ( start about 2 inches from insert and go until about 2 inches from the next insert). I did this on both edges for symmetry.

Or, if you have enough room, sew all the way around at a 1/8" seam allowance to add a nice finish.

All Done!
Here is another one. The cover is loose because it was a gift so I didn't have the actual Bible and put a regular book inside for the picture.

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