Here are some instructions on how to make a basic fabric book. These instructions are for personal use only, not for commercial use or to sell as a product. A link back to this page would be great if you are using this method, thanks.
When finished the book pages will measure 8.5″ x 11.5″. One yard of fabric will make 8 pages.
I used 100% linen but any fabric will work.
I made this book to use as a sampler for all the tatted lace pieces I have made through the years. I would love to see how you use your book. Here is a link to my blog post with pictures of tatting sewn into the book.
- sewing maching
- needles and pins
- cutting mats
- thread, sewing thread and one decorative thread
- thin fusible interfacing
- cut fabric 9″ x 12″, this is leaving 1/4″ seam allowance, when sewn it will measure 8.5″ x 11.5″
- iron fabric to thin fusible interfacing
- use something to protect your iron from the fusible interfacing like paper or a teflon sheet
- cut away the extra interfacing
- sew right sides of fabric together with 1/4″ seam allowance leaving an opening to turn the piece rightsides out
- It will go faster if you use the chain sewing method (often used in quilting), sew the same sides of each piece in a row without breaking the thread of your machine or lifting the foot. Then repeat the same method for each side.
- cut the corners of the pages before turning rightside out
- turn piece rightside out
- make sure corners and sides are nice and straight, I used a chop stick to work the corners
- iron the piece and opening so it will be easy to hand sew
- stitch the opening closed with sewing thread
- using decorative thread stitch 1/4″ from the edge around the whole page
- place the pages where you hand stitch the opening closed all to one side, this is the side you are stitching on
- stitch each page together
- stitch the pages that are facing each other, they open nicely when done this way
The bridge of the book is left up to you cover as this will depend onthe use of your book. A contrasting piece of fabric hand sewn to cover the bridge and about 1 – 2 inches onto the over and back would be beautiful. I plan to add a tatted piece to cover this area.