I love to read.
I love to read so much that my house is overflowing with books in basically every room. I give them away, I stack them, I loan them and I cherish them. When I die, someone will have to go through all of them, because many are signed by the author or are first editions. I’m hoping to organize them.
And I read them on a Nook too. Just not enough. I like to read nonfiction digitally. I enjoy magazines online or on the ipad or on the Nook. I read biographies there, health, political books–anything I’m likely to read once and toss aside. But a delicious, yummy, hefty fiction in a dreamy setting with characters I want to have as friends, and a storyline that goes on forever with themes…oh my…themes that resonate with the deepest part of my own flawed character?
Well, those are the books I want to carry around forever. I want to touch them and hold them and..and…interact with them. I want to turn pages and go back to pages and look up dialogue and descriptions, and just enjoy holding them.
So I still read books. The old-fashioned kind.
And what does someone do who loves both books and fabric?
Cover the books. In fabric. I cover my favorites and I make covers in different sizes and move them around on the books I’m reading at any given time. This is the easiest thing in the world to do, especially if you have a serger.
First find yourself the softest fabric – the stuff you want to pet the most.
I use a pattern from a book called “Ready Set Serge” by Georgie Melot. It’s one of the best beginner serging books I’ve seen.
Most people don’t really know what to do with a serger, but once you learn to use one, you’ll never want to be without it. They finish and cut a seam at the same time. They’re fast.
They are the best possible way to sew knits or garments. They are another tool in your belt, and like all tools, take a little training.
I have a Babylock that was given to me by my mom several years ago. (She has a pacemaker and because the motors in segers are so strong, she is not supposed to get too close to them in action….isn’t that strange?) Anyway, sergers are notorious for being hard to thread, and with 4 threads, there’s definitely a knack to it. The handbook is invaluable because I still use it every time I change settings. However, for a 4-thread overlock, which I use the most, I just leave the serger threaded off to the side of my workspace, and simply plug it in when I am ready to work.
The book covers require 4 straight cut pieces of fabric: cover, lining, and 2 side pockets. Plus one piece of ribbon to use as a bookmark. That’s it. The sizes do change based on the size of the book, so you may want to experiment a little with the pattern.
You can see that I make notes on patterns that I use often. I’ve never met a pattern I didn’t want to modify. This way I know exactly how to cut the fabric for any particular book.
Her directions are very straightforward. These sew up in about fifteen minutes, so of course, you’ll want to start a collection of them yourself.
This is what a great 4 thread overlock stitch should look like. No pulling or bunching, lying completely flat, with the thread from the back side running right along the top of the edge of the fabric (that might be hard to see in this pic with the white background).
So the next time you find yourself snuggling up with a book, think about making a cover for it. What a tactile way to combine the pleasures of the mind with the pleasures of the senses.