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Topic: No more naked books! [pic happy]  (Read 952 times)
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« on: September 22, 2012 02:01:42 PM »

[I'm not quite sure where this should go, so please move if not in the right place Grin]

I'm a signed-up, card-carrying bibliophile. So much so that I almost exclusively purchase hard-back books because I love everything about them: from the typeface and paper to construction and of course reading. I have a favourite second-hand store in Greenwich that I splurge in regularly (they're 1 each), but they don't always come with their dust jackets. And because dust jackets are not only pretty, but also protect the spines from sun damage, I thought I'd better give my "naked" books something to cover up with.

So here is my stash-busting, but rustically/haphazardly sewn fabric dust jackets:

I say rustically because whilst I am conscientious when sewing for others, for myself I kinda just throw things together by eye. Please don't look too closely, you'll see all the mistakes...no, really...

As you can see, I like to use up all those little bits left over from other projects, including lace, ribbon, home-made bias...and because this is a stash-busting exercise, I have to made do with the sizes that the left over fabric comes in - this one was from some cushions for my brother (two different sets but really nice brown Designer's Guild fabric) and some vintage blue fabric picked up at a church fete.

Word of warning though, if you are going to re-purpose men's ties, I recommend to measure and cut precisely first otherwise you have dodgy pleats on the front and seams at an angle.

And final picture: look how happy Ms Du Maurier is now, toasty warm with all her siblings....  Cheesy

As always, comments extremely welcome
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012 04:37:14 PM »

Oh, I love your dust jackets.  And I can't see a single mistake.  Of course, I can't sew either. Cheesy

They look very nice.  I love the idea of using up what you have, rather than buy new and toss the leftovers.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2012 01:24:19 AM »

That's is an excellent idea, plus even the original dust jackets can get a bit shabby on a much loved/read book so need protecting too.
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012 03:18:38 PM »

Thank you elderflower and pinokeoo, glad you both like them  Cheesy

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Sep: MALC 6x6 Canvas
Aug: 4x6 Art5
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May: 4x6 Art2 and Crafted Cushion Cover2
Apr: Beginners Inchie3
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