Tuesday, 15 April 2014

  • Thick metal zipper, 20-24″
  • Brush for glue
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • e6000 glue (open your windows or buy the fume-free kind)
  • One old hardcover book, about 8.5″ by 5″ with a 1″ to 1.25″ spine is the size I am using
  • Heat n bond (red package)
  • Fabric, scraps or 1/4 yard
  • Archival glue, (pva is great!)


  1. Gut your book. This is usually done by simply slicing down the inside cover where the cover meets the pages. Simply cut out the page block with an X-acto knife. Of course, you can save this for more projects, read it or recycle it!
  2. Cut out rectangles of fabric and heat and bond. They will need to be about 1-1.5″ wide and long than the front of your book that you will be covering with fabric.
  3. Iron heat-n-bond to fabric. Then square one of the long edges.
  4. Glue fabric to front of book, then flip it over and trim the corners. You will leave a little bit more than 1/8″ on the corner.
  5. Flip over top and side flaps to finish your book cover. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Cut four squares of fabric that are about 2″ by 2″.
  8. Sandwich the zipper between these two layers of fabric with the end of the zipper peeking out. Then sew along the line indicated.
  9. Fold over the two flaps and press. Repeat with other side. And trim to width of zipper.
  10. Cut four strips as long as your zipper piece (including the fabric ends) and 2″ wide. Sew these onto the zipper like so:
  11. Repeat with the other side and you’ll have a fully encased zipper with fabric all around. Now you’re ready to glue it in.
  12. Start by gluing the end of the zipper. Fold over 1/2″ and glue underneath the fold. Then curve the fabric and start glueing one side of the fabric to the book. When you reach the corners, pivot and fold your fabric to fit.
  13. When you get to the end let it dry. Then open the zipper and repeat with the other side.
  14. Cover the inside spine with fabric. Turn under the raw edges at the top and bottom and glue it down.
  15. Now cut two pastedowns from fabric backed with heat n bond. They should be about 1/2″ smaller than the inside of the cover. Glue and press firmly.
  16. Let dry and you are done!


References from: See Kate Sew


  1. OMG , this is so brilliant. Thanks for sharing ! Never thought about this before :d


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