Monthly Archives: December 2013

Homemakery how to: Sew your own fabric book cover

Sew your own Fabric book cover

With the new year approaching I’m getting quite excited by the saddest of things….starting a new diary. This year I bought a great new diary from Toad Diaries, its great because it has exactly the layout I want, a weeks diary on one page and a whole page for my weekly to do list on the other side. Sadly I was not a fan of the fuchsia cover  when it arrived so a pretty fabric cover was called for.

So new year, new diary, new diary cover! This is a really simple how to sew your own fabric book cover. After this tutorial you will be whipping up your very own, one of a kind, fabric covers for books, diaries and notebooks in no time at all.


Sew your own book cover ingredients

A selection of fat quarters I used:

Sevenberry Light Pink Ticking
Tilda Sweet Christmas Mini Star Red
Tilda Corner Shop Aurora Teal
Tilda Sweet Christmas Martine Warm Grey
Tilda Sweet Christmas Jane Pink
Tilda Sweet Christmas Laura Warm Grey
White Thread
Grey Polka Dot Lace Bias Binding
Bondaweb (optional)


Tape Measure
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter, Mat & Quilting Square
Pearl Headed Pins


1. Firstly measure your book top to bottom and from front cover to back cover (Tip: always measure your book when closed rather than open flat). My diary measured 13.5 inch by 8.5 inch. Add 1/2 inch seam allowance.

2. Cut a piece of fabric measuring 14 inch by 9 inch, this will be the fabric for the inside of the cover.Inside pieces

3. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 6 3/4 inch by 9 inch. These will form the flaps of the book cover (e.g. the pieces of fabric that you put your book inside to hold your cover in place). Fold each piece in half, right sides out and iron. I decided to make this a bit pretty so I sewed a piece of crochet lace bias binding from the top to bottom on the folded side. Repeat with the other piece and set aside.

Cover Flaps

4. Now to make the outside diary cover. If you want to keep it really simple you can simply cut a piece of fabric measuring 14 inch by 9 inch. I fancied more of a patchwork look to my diary so I gathered together some scraps of fabric and created the following design

Fabric book cover sketch

The left side will be the back cover of the diary, the middle will cover the spine and the right hand side will be the front cover. All these measurements include a seam allowance of 1/4 inch.

Front cover patchwork pieces

5. Sew the front cover pieces together and then sew to the spine.

Front piece & spine

6. Sew the six back pieces together and then sew to the spine

Front cover sewn together

7. Iron those seams nice and flat. Now place the front cover right side up. Place the bias binding flaps right side down with the bias binding towards the centre.

Laying out

8. Place the inside cover right side down on top and pin all the way around

Pin Together

9. Sew all the way around leaving a 2 inch gap at the bottom in the middle.

Leave a gap

10. Snip the corners off and turn the cover the right side out through the two inch opening you left unsewn.

Clip the corners

11. Now either stitch up the gap or cheat like me and iron on a piece of bondaweb to hold it closed and you are finished!

Finished fabric book cover Inside fabric book cover Diary & Cover Inside coverBack cover

Happy sewing and a very happy new year!

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Crochet Colour Palette: Winter Blues

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

Brrr this weeks crochet colour palette is inspired by cold winter days, clear night skies, twinkling stars and frosty  mornings. Quite unlike the 12C December weather we were enjoying yesterday!


Crochet Colour Palette - WInter Blues

This weeks Winter Blues inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses icy blue shades of mercerised cotton coloured yarn from  Rico Essentials Cotton DK , a lustrous mercerised yarn made from 100% cotton.

Light Blue Light Blue (27), Dark Blue Royal (36), White White (80), Blue Medium Blue (34), Grey Silver (03) 

You can find the whole Winter Blues yarn pack with 10% off here

New in: Dashwood Studios Fabric Wildwood and Blend Fabrics Homegrown

We love pretty fabrics here at the Homemakery and we are very excited to welcome two new fabric collections to the Homemakery fabric family!

Wildwood – Dashwood Studios

First up our newest arrival Wildwood from Dashwood Studios. We are huge fans of Dashwood Studios and Wildwood is a simply stunning winter collection.

Wildood was designed by Yorkshire based designer Bethan Janine and was influenced by the leafy Yorkshire countryside and woodland walks. This contemporary collection features a wonderful colour palette of mint, rust, aubergine and teal alongside on-trend chevrons, foxes and toadstool fabrics!

Dashwood Studios Wildwood

Homegrown – Blend Fabrics

Next up is a really fun collection from Blend Fabrics, Homegrown. Homegrown was designed by US artist Maia Ferrell and is inspired by her favourite pastimes of sewing, baking, gardening and cycling. This gorgeous collection comes in a bright fresh colour palette of pinks, purples, yellows and blues and features fun florals, sewing machine and bike fabrics!

Blend Fabrics Homegrown Bundle Dark Homegrown Bundle Light

All these fabrics are available by the fat quarter or in our handy fabric bundles. Which is your favourite?

Christmas is coming…gifts for Craft Lovers!

Just over two weeks to go until Christmas Day and we are back with a few more Christmas present ideas this time for the those crafty ladies in your life!


Gifts for craft lovers


Gifts for craft lovers

Make your own Lampshade Kit, Flower Cross Stitch Kit, Handmade Stamp Set, I heart handmade ribbon, Vintage Scrapbook Set, Make Paper Mache Letter Set, Embroidery & Applique Bag Kit.

We also sell rather lovely Homemakery gift vouchers which make the perfect gift for the crafty ones in your life, the whole of the Homemakery is on offer with one our gorgeous gift vouchers. Our gift vouchers come in £10 and £25 denominations and multiple vouchers can be purchased to reach your desired gift voucher total, plus get free delivery on all gift vouchers just use the code GIFT at checkout.

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PS. Our last posting date for first class delivery before Christmas is noon on Friday 20th December!