Bible Cover, Part 1
My Bible is larger than the typical size which made it a pain to find a cover for, especially since I’m picky anyway. Many Bible covers have a strap coming out of the spine end which means that the Bible is resting on its pages when being carried by the strap. For stiff Bibles or those w/ hard covers this probably doesn’t make a difference, but since mine’s soft and I want to keep the pages in good shape, I want the Bible to be resting on its spine while being carried by the straps instead. So I’ve designed it according to that requirement. I also placed a generous sized hidden pocket in it to accommodate my pencil case for underlining, as well as a couple outer pockets b/c it’s nice to have a place to stash a few papers.
Here are a few finished pics to help you decide if this cover is for you...
After two previous attempts that were decent but not quite ideal, here is my final Bible Cover project! Instructions are written so you can make the pattern for you particular size Bible. And this is one of the projects that is a lot nicer to do if you have a serger... but you CAN do it without, you’ll just have to adjust the instructions accordingly, hemming fabric under instead of serging. I'll also mention that a serger requires extra seam allowances in order to make a thick seam and to cut off fabric as it serges. So if you're sewing this case rather than serging it, you'll want to take my measurements in a bit to compensate for that.
Fabric (dimensions given below)
Padding (I used fleece)
Take the following measurements on your Bible...
A- from the end of the top over around to the end of the back cover (mine’s 16 3/4”)
B- front side Bible width
(mine’s 7 1/2”)
C- front side Bible height
(mine’s 9 1/2”)
D- spine only (mine’s 1
measurements, determine fabric sizes & which fabrics
you’d like to use for each piece:
This case piece will need to
be cut twice out of your fabric, one piece will face the
exterior of the cover and one will be the inside lining of
the cover. It will also need to be cut out once from your
padding material, like fleece.
And each of these pieces
will be cut as shown (one zipper portion piece, two strap
pieces, two inside cover flaps, one outer pocket and two
outer pocket trim pieces).
Determine your zipper lengths: the length of your zipper to go around three sides of your Bible is B + B + C + 6” (round up). If you’re making a hidden pocket, that zipper’s length is C + 2” (round up).
Obtain your fabrics, padding, and zippers, then cut them to size accordingly.
Fold each of the strap pieces in half, lengthwise, right sides out, and serge.
Cut zipper fabric piece in half, lengthwise, giving you two pieces around 2” wide each. Then, sew your long zipper to the zipper fabric pieces. When done, set it aside for later. (I serged the fabric to the zipper so there wouldn’t be raw edges, then sewed it b/c I can get in closer w/ my sewing machine than I can w/ my serger. Then I ironed it flat and top stitched to keep the flappy parts from flapping. You can attach your zipper quicker if you just sew it then trim it real close w/ zig zag shears.) Here are a couple views so you see what it should look like so far:
To make your outer pocket, fold your outer pocket trim pieces in half and iron. Then serge them to the two corresponding edges of your outer pocket piece.
Now Iron it to lay
flat. Set it aside.
If you’re doing a hidden pocket, sew the centers together of one case piece and the padding. This is what will serve as the base of the hidden pocket once the case is assembled. (This picture is zoomed in, but you're sewing a line over what WILL be located the spine of the cover- so if you're looking at the case piece as a rectangle with it's length from side to side then this line goes up and down the center of it) Set aside.
Serge one long edge of both cover flap pieces.