Fabric Covered Altered Book

Today I’m sharing an altered book I created late last year. What’s different about this book is its fabric cover. Here’s how I made it:

  1. I started with a children’s book (a Golden one I believe), opened it up flat and measured the height and width of the covers and spine.
  2. I cut one piece of muslin that was 1/2″ larger all the way around than the entire book.
  3. Onto this muslin base, I machine stitched strips of vintage linens and lace, found fabrics in cotton, silk and velvet, and hand dyed fabrics.
  4. Onto these strips, I added hand embroidery, buttons and beads.
  5. I attached a piece of thin copier paper to the back with heat activated fusible webbing (I used Steam-A-Seam).
  6. Using bookbinding PVA, I attached the paper backed fabric to the book cover allowing the fabric to hang over the edges a little.

Here’s the front cover:
Fabric_Covered_Altered_Book_Ali Manning

And here’s the back cover. Fabric_Covered_Altered_Book_Ali ManningI’ll share the inner pages in another blog post soon. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

9 Thoughts on “Fabric Covered Altered Book

  1. Merilyn Wood on February 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm said:

    Ali, I think fabric cover is lovely. I’ve never thought of using a Golden book . I’mlooking forward to see what you do with inside pages. As I have been patchworking for a number of years I have plenty of scraps I’ve been unable to part with. Thank you.

  2. glacken2016 on February 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm said:

    Very pretty Ali! Thank you for all you share to the group. I have been praying for your friend, her children, and you!

  3. Andrea Lee on February 8, 2019 at 6:09 am said:

    So sad about your friend – my thoughts & prayers are with you & her family.
    Your altered book cover is fab. Unfortunately I don’t know what a Golden book is?
    Also , do you post papers to the UK?
    Love what you do.

    • Ali Manning on February 12, 2019 at 8:06 am said:

      Hi Andrea, a Golden book is a brand of kids’ hard cover book. The UK alternative might be a Ladybird book (slightly different size) but same concept.

  4. So sad to hear about your friend Ali. How wonderful that you were able to be with her. My thoughts and prayers for you and her family. I LOVE this cover. How fun with all the lace and embroidery. I’ve put this idea down as a must do one day. Thank you

  5. Stunning. But you know I love your work.

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