3 Easy Ideas to Upgrade Your Bookcovers

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Give plain fabric book covers (handmade or purchased) a whole new life with these easy upgrades. No sewing skills? No problem — these tricks are seriously simple and quick enough to make a perfect after-school project.

Embellish your book covers!

The "team spirit" ribbons

Cut heat-resistant ribbon to the width of your entire book cover + 2”. Choose your school colors to show major team spirit, or showcase your favorite designs. Use different widths and types of ribbon for more fun!

Cut fusible web to the width and length of each ribbon.

Mark a straight line across the book cover, wherever you’d like to put each ribbon. Place fusible web between the ribbon and the fabric, and fuse according to the manufacturer’s directions. Tuck 1” on each end of the ribbon into inside of the cover to hide the raw edges.

The pom-pom pizzazz

This one's easiest to do with the cover already ON your book. Use fabric glue or a hot glue gun to glue a length of pom-pom fringe just inside the top left edge of the cover, so the pom-poms hang over the spine. (So you can still stack your books!). Fold the fringe ends under about 1/2” at each end to hide the raw edges.

Pins, patches, and stitches — oh my!

It only takes a few simple stitches to embroider school subject names or your own initials into the cover. Add flowers with a lazy daisy stitch or designs using a satin stitch. Mix and match purchased patches — or better yet, make your own with a bit of colorful felt.

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