Handmade fabric Bible cover… and a surprise

When I bought my favorite study Bible in the early 90’s–in teal, of course–I also purchased a matching zippered vinyl cover to go with it. I’ve kind of been over that accessory for a while now, but the worn and cracked edges of the cover of my Bible definitely needed some protection.

I didn’t find any online tutorials that fit the picture in my mind, so I decided to just take some measurements and figure it out myself, incorporating the features I wanted.

I did some things that would probably be considered unconventional, like cutting two continuous pieces of fabric in order to save time and then (after sewing and turning my “sandwich” right side out) folding over each end and sewing right sides together to make the pockets the cover slips into. But it turned out just as I had hoped, and I don’t think those shortcuts make any difference on the finished product.

I used all Jennifer Paganelli fabrics for this onethe dot from Queen Street, and the other two from Pretty Please. For the decorative piece across the front, I gathered the dot fabric first to add some texture. And of course I had to throw a rosette on there. :)

I decided to go with a Velcro closure since I sometimes have sermon notes, newsletters, etc. in my Bible and the thickness can vary a bit between clean-outs.

The rosette is attached with a Velcro circle so that it can be removed when the cover needs to be washed.

On the spine, I left the decorative strip open at the top so that I could slip in a pen and pencil. Much better than digging in my purse.

But here’s the deal. I’m swooning over a particular fabric in Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line that won’t really work for decor in our house, and now I’m thinking I need to make a Bible cover out of it so that I can enjoy it every day.

(Okay, truth: I’m swooning over Sandi Henderson’s entire Secret Garden line. It is seriously so beautiful, and the quality of the cotton is fabulous.)

The good news for you is that I’m going to give away the pictured cover to one of my readers, just because I like you. :)

But first you should check and see if it will fit your Bible. Measure the height, which needs to be about 8.75 inches. (A little smaller would be okay.) For the width, measure from the edge of the front cover all the way around the spine to the edge of the back cover. This needs to be about 13.5 – 14″. If yours is a little smaller (though probably no smaller than 13″), I could always stitch a line from the top to the bottom on each edge to tighten it up a bit.

I really want this to go to someone who will use it, so please enter the giveaway only if you know it will fit your Bible (or your daughter’s, your mom’s, your best friend’s, your pastor’s wife’s, etc.). 

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      Melissa Kaiserman says

      Unfortunately, I do not have directions. The only thing I wrote down were my chicken scratches. I would love to create a tutorial someday but just haven’t found the time to make another one and write it down!

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    Chellsey says

    Can you tell me what kind of fabric you used, and if you but anything to make it thicker or just slid it on the bible? It looks like it might be “fluffed” up some and I was just curious :)

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      Melissa Kaiserman says

      Hi, Chellsey! I just used regular cotton on the side that shows and muslin on the other side, and I also used a layer of interfacing. The front and back covers each slide into a “pocket” to keep the cover in place. Hope that helps!

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