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 Make a (No Zipper) Bible Book Cover

I like to start with the straps. Two cuts 4" by the width of the fabric, pressed in half with a 1" strip of batting down the center at the fold.

Topstitch one side to stabilize the batting and then fold in both (only one side shown) outside edges into the center so that you can topstitch the other edge. 

MEASURE the height of the cover and ADD 1 1/2". Now measure the width of the cover and ADD half the width of the book PLUS plus half the width of the thickness of the book PLUS 2"; this should give you enough fabric to make the seams anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" depending on what you will need once you have added the batting and outside pockets.

Pix in center below shows general beginning shape/size.




If your fabric has a pattern make sure it's direction is UP.
UP is designated by the curve.
The handles will run UP each side fastened to a pocket on each side.

 
The upper left hand photo shows the placement of the carry straps and the outside pocket tacked to the straps. Yes, topstitch the top of the outside pocket before you tack the straps. Above right shows how cute it can look.

The photo immediate left shows the entire outside. As you can see when you seam the carry straps in place you have also seamed in the outside pockets and the outside of the book cover.

Now to the inside which (sort of) is assembled like the outside. The difference is these pockets are placed at the curve top so they can hold the book snug.

To assemble stack: batting, outside face up and inside face down. Pin and sew around 1/4" to 1/2" inch depending on your measurements. 

Leave an opening to turn inside out. Press and then topstitch around. As you can see from the bottom left pix, I like to leave a margin of space to allow for all the papers I stuff inside. 



I dislike sewing in zippers and offer three closing option alternatives:
Velcro at the inside top edge works very nicely.
Or
Make a tab closure closure and use Velcro or a snap.
Or
You can use a ribbon and button closure. Easy peasy.

This is my Bible.
The fabric has a saying on it...
My soul is fed with needle and thread.





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