Friday, December 30, 2016

DIY Project: Making My Own Book Sleeves

If you're on Instagram and follow the bookish community, then you've probably seen the adorable book sleeves made by Book Beau. I have been pining after them ever since I first saw them, but the $20 price tag with almost $5 shipping seemed too much for me. But seeing as I carry a book everywhere with me, I knew that they would come in handy. Since my mom is a quilter and I learned to sew when I was pretty young (though I haven't used a machine in years), I decided to ask her if we could try to make them ourselves. 

I went to JoAnn's and bought these three adorable fabrics and they were so cheap! The bottom two were $5.99 a yard and the turquoise Darth Vader fabric was on sale for around $7 a yard. I got half a yard of each fabric and spent only $10 total after using a coupon. My mom had some Soft and Stable foam to use for the inside, so I was all set to work!

We looked around on the internet for a good pattern to use and found one right here for an iPad sleeve that looked like the perfect size for what I wanted to make. We tweaked the tutorial a bit by using a thicker foam and omitting the quilting on both sides. 

***I forgot to add that I sprayed 505 Temporary Adhesive spray between the foam and the fabric on the sides that I knew would be the outside of the pouch. This ensured that the outside of the pouch would be smooth and attached to the foam. 

Once I had a finished product, I decided to skip the button closing in the tutorial and sew an additional large seam around the top for decoration. While my sewing is definitely not that great (the seam may or may not have ended up a bit wonky), I am so excited with how they turned out! 

With the way the patterns were situated on the fabrics, I was able to make one out of each half yard for the deer and Darth Vader fabrics and two out of the blue arrow fabric. That's four total for only $10! I have some left over fabric and can't wait to make something small out of them. The fabrics are just so cute and I want to make more and more and more! I can't wait to protect my books with my adorable new book sleeves! 


  1. Omg thank you so much for sharing this! I've wanted a Book Beau myself but they're usually sold out, or I don't like the fabric, and plus it's a little out of my price range. This is perfect!

  2. Oh wow, this is great I actually was searching how to make one when I found your post ^_^ I'm definitely going to try to make some for my books ^_^ Thanks for the tips :D

  3. Hi, im going to make one and tour tutorial is kinda easy. May I know where I can buy the "foam" you used or what is that exactly called? Thanks.

  4. Hello.. can you tell me the foam size in mm.. should it be a 4mm sheet or 6mm?

  5. Of all of the tutorial on making a book sleeve yours was the clearest simplest to understand!! Thank you!!!

  6. question! did you do both the adhesive spray AND the Fusible Interfacing step?

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  10. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm making one of these and a matching mug rug for my super-bookish bestie's birthday because she has all the books!


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