DIY leather book jackets

DIY leather book cover

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. 

DIY leather book covers
 

MATERIALS

DIY leather book cover

faux leather

hot glue

sewing tools (machine or by hand)

 

HOW TO

DIY leather book cover

1.  Cut a piece of leather with a 1 inch border on all sides.  

DIY leather book cover

*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.  

DIY leather book cover

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.

DIY leather book cover

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.

DIY leather book cover

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.  

DIY leather book cover

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.)

DIY leather book cover
DIY leather book cover
DIY leather book cover
DIY leather book cover

TA-DA!  That's it.  Now for all of your books...

XOXO

Samantha