Things You'll Need
- 1/2 yard of quilted cotton fabric
- Straight pins
- 1 piece of tissue paper, 16 by 24 inches
- Two 12-inch lengths of grosgrain ribbon that is 1 inch wide
- Flat surface
- Sewing machine
- Thread that matches the fabric
- Ironing board
Creating a fabric Bible case is relatively a simple sewing project. Since Bibles vary in size, the ability to create a customized fabric book cover is a real advantage. Embellish a very basic Bible case with trims or extra pockets if desired. Homemade Bible cases make useful gifts and can be personalized with embroidered letters or stylish appliques. Even the simplest hand-sewn Bible case provides protection for this treasured book.
Making the Pattern
Open the Bible and lay it on the piece of tissue paper.
Trace the outline of the open Bible on the tissue paper.
Measure 1 inch all the way around the outline. Mark this measurement with dashes at 2-inch intervals.
Draw a line that connects the dashes that you have just drawn and measured.
Cut out this rectangle. This will serve as your primary pattern for the Bible cover.
Cutting the Pieces
Lay the rectangular pattern down on the fabric and pin the fabric and the pattern together.
Cut out the fabric rectangle using the pattern as a guide.
Remove the pins and detach the tissue paper from the fabric. Repeat this process two more times.
Fold one of the three rectangular pieces of fabric in half. Measure and mark a straight, vertical line that is 5 inches from the edge of the side without a fold.
Cut along this vertical line, cutting through the two layers of the folded fabric. Discard the center section of fabric that contains the fold. These two smaller rectangles will form pockets that the front and back Bible covers can be tucked into, holding the Bible in place.
Sewing the Bible Cover
Measure and fold a 1/4-inch hem on one of the longest sides of each of the two smaller rectangles. Machine stitch this hem.
Pin the grosgrain ribbon to the right side of each of the smaller fabric rectangles in the following manner: Measure 1 inch in on the longer, unhemmed side of the rectangle and pin one edge of ribbon to the rectangle at a spot that is about 1 inch up from the corner. Ensure that there is a surplus of ribbon that extends over the edge of the fabric. Repeat this on the other corner. The ribbon will form a handle when the Bible cover is finished, so adjust the size of the handle to the size of your individual Bible cover. Repeat this process with the other small rectangle.
Lay one of the larger fabric rectangles right side up on the flat surface. The longest sides of the rectangle should be on the top and the bottom and the shortest sides should be on the right and the left.
Turn the two hemmed fabric rectangles right side down and place them on top of the larger rectangle on the right and left sides. The unhemmed edge of the small rectangles should be on top of the shorter outside edges of the large rectangle. Be sure that the right sides of the fabric pieces are facing one another and the ribbon handles are on the inside.
Place the other large fabric rectangle on top of the other rectangles and the grosgrain ribbon. Ensure that the right sides of the fabric are facing one another. Pin around the entire edge of the assembled pieces.
Machine stitch around the edge of the assembled pieces, leaving a 4-inch opening on the bottom edge. Use a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Remove all of the straight pins and turn the Bible cover right side out by pulling through the 4-inch opening. You should now have a two-layer cover with ribbon handles and two inside pockets that will be used to hold the front and back covers of the Bible.
Fold under 1/2 inch of fabric one both sides of the 4-inch opening and hand stitch closed. Clip away any stray threads and press to finish.
For added protection and stain resistance, spray the finished Bible cover with a fabric protector such as Scotchgard.
Measure carefully when using the Bible to create a pattern. The Bible should be opened completely and laying flat before tracing for correct sizing.
Ann Hudson is a freelance writer who began her writing career working for a small community newspaper. While there, her work as a feature writer and a weekly columnist were honored. Hudson holds a bachelor's degree in journalism. She has been writing for more than 30 years.