Friday, February 27, 2009

Making a Bible Cover

For some time now, I have been wanting to make a cover for my Bible, and I had a picture in my mind of what I desired it to be like. Though, trying to find a pattern for it turned out to be an unfruitful endeavor! So after sketching out a few simple (very simple :) drawings on paper and doing a bit of thinking, I embarked on making a Bible cover from 'scratch' . . .

The first order of business was to make a pattern . . .

Taking measurements

Then to pick out a fabric . . . for that I pulled out my boxes of fabric scraps, and quickly found one that fit with what I was envisioning. As the Bible cover was going to need some substance to it, and as I like the look of quilted fabric, I layered the fabric with batting and a navy blue fabric and quilted it . . .

The quilted fabric

Then came the actual construction . . .

Pinning the lace trim around the Bible cover edges
(last fall at a garage sale, we had gotten a bag full of various lace, trims, etc., and when looking for something to use for the cover, there turned out to be just enough of the above lace for it. :)

Getting closer! The lace and handles are now attached . . . the next step was making the edges with the zipper closure.

This project was a bit difficult at times and there were some mistakes made, but overall, I was pleased with the finished results . . . it will work anyway! :)

The finished outside of the cover

The finished inside of the cover

So that is a little project that I have been working on in the past few weeks. :) Have any of you been working on any craft, sewing, or other types of projects? If so, I would love to hear!

24 comments:

Stacy said...

Your bible came out beautifully! I was searching for other blogger homemakers my age, and I found you. :)

Your store is very nice. I am trying to learn to sew. It is my "new years resolution" (lol not really, just a super duper goal of mine) to have my daughter and I in dresses/skirts 100% of the time by years end.

Amber said...

Oooo, Sarah, I like it! Nice work and nice choice of materials. The lace adds a pretty touch.

Your Bible is beautiful, too. Don't you love the way heavy books feel in your hand? And what a book!

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

I am so glad you posted your cover. I have been wanting to make one myself but haven't had the time or opportunity yet. Now I have at least some instruction guide to follow. Thank you for always being so helpful.

Miss Linda said...

Your Bible cover is truly beautiful. I have wanted to make a cover for myself, but have been just a bit intimidated by it. I am so accustomed to working with patterns that trying to make something without a pattern is a bit worrisome! You have certainly inspired me. Perhaps I will muster up the courage to try it myself. You selected such lovely fabric, and I really love the lace around the edges!! What size zipper did you use? I am working on a beautiful ivory satin blouse with a dyed-to-match lace overlay. I should have that finished this weekend, and then I will be trying to finish a jacket I started a few weeks ago. It's funny how life gets in the way of sewing projects sometimes! God bless you, dear Sarah!

Elizabethd said...

That is lovely Sarah, well done!
I'm working on a cross stitch needlecase at the moment, covered in forget me nots!

Miss Linda said...

Miss Sarah, I thought you might enjoy seeing the beautiful Bible cover that Alison blogs about at FemininityRevisited.

Sarah said...

Welcome to my blog, Stacy, and thank you for your encouraging comment!

That is wonderful that you are working towards learning how to sew and also for you and your daughters to be wearing dresses/skirts. I hope that learning to sew goes well for you!

Sarah said...

Thank you, Amber, for your kind words! :)

I would agree . . . what a book is the Bible! How thankful I am that the Lord has given His word, the Scriptures, to us!

Sarah said...

I am glad that it was helpful to you, Evening Shade! And I hope that when you have the opportunity to make one for yourself that it goes well for you. :)

Sarah said...

Thank you, Miss Linda! I, too, was intimidated about making this without a pattern, but I figured, if it didn’t work out, I could always try again. :) The zipper I used was a 22” separating zipper – it fit perfectly for my size of Bible which was nice, though, one could always shorten the zipper to fit.

Your blouse sounds lovely! Enjoy working on it, and your jacket!

P.S. Thank you for sharing about the other Bible cover . . . it is lovely!

Sarah said...

Thank you, Elizabeth!

The cross-stitch needlecase sounds like it is just beautiful! Enjoy!

A Heart of Praise said...

Very lovely Sarah! :) I've been doing a lot of crocheting lately.

Ashley said...

You did a great job Sarah! It looks really good; I'm sure that you are pleased with it.

In addition to the dresses I have fabric cut out for a bag, a denim skirt cut out, and a cross-stitch in progress.

Have a great day!

~Ashley

jerusha said...

Your new Bible case is really pretty, Sarah!

I haven't been doing to much sewing recently, but am in the middle of making a couple of skirts for my sister and a couple of skirts for myself. I have two weeks in which to finish my little sisters skirts; one is almost finished (I just have to hem it) and the other requires a zip fitting and then I want to applique a couple of pink flowers on it, which will be very interesting; though maybe no more so than my hopes of embroidering a denim and a black skirt for myself!

As to what I have been doing, I have been working in our garden, and sighing over the clay soil which seems to make up the patch of ground I am clearing!

Anna

Sarah said...

Thank you, Emily! Crocheting is so enjoyable to do, and I am sure that it has been that for you as you work on your project!

Sarah said...

Thank you, Ashley!

You have a lot of projects that you are working on! I am sure you have not had many dull moments over there . . . :) I hope that all your sewing (and cross-stitching :) goes well for you!

Sarah said...

Thank you, Anna!

That is exciting that you are almost done with one of your sister’s skirts! I am sure the one skirt will be so cute with the appliqu├ęd flowers on it. :) I hope that all of your sewing projects go smoothly for you!

How wonderful that you are working on your garden! I know the feeling, though, of seeing so much clay soil. I am sure you are excited to start planting, and I hope that all of the preparation work goes well for you . . . enjoy!

Robin said...

Are you going to offer these in your store??

It is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Thank you for your comment, Robin! And welcome to my blog. :)

I am not sure yet if I will be offering the Bible cover for sale or not . . . I'll have to see! :)

Bronwyn said...

Beautiful cover! My husband's birthday is in 3 weeks and I want to make him a cover as well. He's been out of work for 6 months so I'm thinking useful and loving without being expensive! Yours came out so well that I'm encouraged to come up with something for him.

Sarah said...

Welcome to my blog, Bronwyn, and thank you for your kind words! I hope that the making of the Bible cover goes well for you! I am sure your husband will love it . . . especially since you made it especially for him!

Thank you again for your comment! :)

Sara said...

I'm not very good at sewing yet, but would love to try and make one of these for my mom for her birthday. Is there a way you could post how you did the zipper part though?

Thanks :)

Sara

Sarah said...

That is wonderful that you would like to make one of these for your Mom for her birthday, Sara! I am sure she would love it. :) I will try to get something typed up about how I put the zipper in, but unfortunately, I won't be able to do a tutorial on it for quite some time. I am really busy with sewing orders right now, but I would be happy to share a post about how to put in the zipper when I have the opportunity to!

Delores' Creations said...

I have been searching and searching for a pattern like this. The zipper part is where I struggle to make it look good. Any chance you could show how to do that?
Thank you!