So you want to know how I'm gonna use my own fabric for the covers of my wedding planner, huh? "You need pre-made bookcloth!" I can hear some of you saying. BAH! SHUN THE NON-BELIEVER! Says I. So for you more adventurous crafty types, heres how I do it!
First things first, I'm not the first person to write this tutorial, in fact, I originally saw it on YouTube somewhere. For those of you who are more the video type, here's a handy video:
In that case, ONWARD MY FAITHFUL STEAD! to my tutorial. The picture above is how I set up my work area. Excuse the teeny bit of clutter, but the room I use to make my book cloth is the office, which is also inhabited by both my parents, so it's a bit crowded. And teeny as you can see. I was standing in the doorway as I took the photo, if need proof it's that tiny. Small house, small rooms. ANYWAY, let's move on.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. Do this now, so your not scrambling about like a loony trying to find things when you should be making book cloth.
You will need scissors, Heat n Bond Ultrahold (the one in the red package), WHITE tissue paper, and of course your choice of fabric. As far as the fabric goes, I recommend something light, but not too thin, and not too stretchy. Basically, something that will still cooperate after you put the
Heat n Bond on it. More on that in a bit.
Step 2: Mark your fabric. I usually measure my fabric an inch bigger then what I want the finished cover to be. In this case, the final cover measurement of the wedding planner will be a hair bigger then 12" square, so I've marked my fabric 13" square. This gives me about a half inch wiggle room on each side. This is usually enough excess in case you cut a teeny bit crooked, and it gives you enough to wrap around the book board. If you're unsure, give yourself more room. You can always trim it. Some people pre-cut their fabric before putting the Heat n Bond on, but I don't. I've found that if you wind up cutting the Heat n Bond a little big, you're going to make quite the mess on both your ironing surface, and your iron. Both of which are no-no's. Especially if said iron and ironing board are your mother's. Do not incur the wrath of the mother.
Step 3: Lay out your Heat n Bond on your fabric. You should pre-cut it to the size you're making your covers for your book. In this case I just laid out big scraps I wanted to use up. If your a grasshopper level 1 (beginner) at this, pre-cut your Heat n Bond.
Step 4: Get out the tissue paper. And make sure it is white. ONLY use white. I've never used the colored stuff, but I can imagine what will happen to it once you hit it with your glue mixture when you make the covers. I can just see the color bleeding all over the place and ruining things..*shivers* Moving on....
Step 5: Iron on your Heat n Bond. CAREFULLY! Whatever you do don't get it on your ironing board or iron. It doesn't end well. Believe me. Also, the Heat n Bond will make your fabric a bit stiff. This is ok. This is what it's supposed to do. Pre-made book cloth traditionally isn't too floppy either, so a bit of body will help when I show you how to make covers in another post.
Step 6: Iron on your tissue paper.
Step 7: Tear off excess tissue paper. If you followed the instructions on your package of Heat n Bond, it should tear fairly cleanly without too much trouble.
Step 8: Trim. Cut out your cover pieces from the rest of the fabric, and your ready to use it!
Hope you enjoyed this handy tutorial Dear Reader, and if you have any questions, feel free to use my Contact page to ask me questions. And don't forget to have fun crafting!
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