DIY leather book jackets
If you are a bookworm & love a modern aesthetic you may have had the terror of decorating a bookcase. You want all of your books at hand but the various colors and patterns make it a visual nightmare. Enter: book jackets or book covers. A leather book cover can turn your bookcase into a modern & minimal showcase. That stack of books beside your bed suddenly look like a design feature, not an indicator that you're a hot mess.
sewing tools (machine or by hand)
1. Cut a piece of leather with a 1 inch border on all sides.
*Wrap the fabric around the closed book for the long measurement. If not, your cover will be too short to close the book when finished.
2. On the long sides, fold down the edges to create a nice edge along the top and bottom of the book. After being folded, the leather should still be slightly larger than the book itself.
3. Using a hot glue gun, tack down the seam of the fold. You don't need much glue. *If using regular cotton, press this fold instead.
4. For the short sides of the jacket, fold in roughly an inch. Secure the fold by hand or machine stitching a few stitches along the edge. It should create a little pocket for the cover of the book to fit into. Repeat on the other side being sure to measure the length when the book is closed.
5. Slide the book cover into the pockets on each side. You may need to bent the cover backwards to fit into the jacket. (A librarian somewhere just cringed at folding back the cover.)
TA-DA! That's it. Now for all of your books...