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Introduction: How to Make a Quick Book Cover

Here is an easy and quick way to make a book cover!

Step 1: Materials

Materials: a book, scissors, tape, a piece of paper.
You can play with the book cover material: reuse a paper bag with cool pattern or water-proof material such as Tyvek.

Step 2: Fold

You don’t need to measure anything, just eyeball it. First, lay the book on the paper. Leave a width that you feel like and fold it over on the first edge, and do the same thing on the other edge.

Step 3: Trim the Width

Cut off the extra.

Step 4: Put the Book On

Slide the book into the paper you just folded.

Step 5: Trim the Length

Cut off the excess that’s too long for the book. (You only need 1-2 inches for it.)

Step 6: Cut Off the Space for Book Back

Make a cut for the book spine on both sides of the book cover. The width is the same as the thickness of the book.

Step 7: Fold and Tape

Fold the top and the bottom to fit the size of the book and tape them down.

Step 8: Then It’s Done!

Do the same on the other side, and you have quickly made a book cover for your book!

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14 Discussions

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A student from another class graffitied horrible words on my student’s book cover, so I made him something to put over it!

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10 years ago on Step 8

Simple. I tried doing something similar with thin sheets of foam but it created too much resistance when turning pages

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Reply 3 years ago

construction paper worked the best

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this is awesome!I would love to use it for my new book

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what can I use to do it for a scary or a horror story

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Can we draw on the paper?Just askin’

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I made a very similar cover all through my school years. I think your method works better for soft cover books but mine was a tad different and I think may work better for hard cover books. At step 2 and 3, where you fold and trim the width I would leave a LOT more excess, so much that that the folded end would slip over nearly the entire front and rear covers. Trim the top and bottom just like you did, but don’t cut out the strip for the spine (your step 6). When you fold the top and bottom just tuck them up under. Be sure to leave a good 1/4″ of flap top and bottom so your left and right covers have the required thickness to fit over the hard cover book . If you did it right, all corers and edges are covered and when you open the book causing the cover to try to slip off the longer slips (left and right) would not allow it to come off. If done right no tape is necessary, but I would still tape it anyhow.

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Can we use disapeering glue?

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just did it too my sketchbook

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amazing!gives room for lots of creativity tyy

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I did this in my classroom for RTI already and it was really easy.

Do you want to create a free online book cover? Choose from the hundreds of cover designs we’ve created that can be edited in one click.

How to Make a Book Cover

How many times have we bought a product by design? Or go to see a movie by its poster? And a book by its cover? Yes, many of them. They say that an image is worth a thousand words and when it comes to choosing a reading we opt for those covers of original books or those covers of books with surprising designs that attract our attention.

Although the important thing is inside, a book cover with an attractive design can attract the attention of many readers, that’s why in this article we’ll teach you how to make an online book cover, free and simple.

In EDIT you will find hundreds of templates to edit your book cover. Pay attention to the steps you will have to follow to create a good online cover in less than 1 minute!

Enter the covers category in this link or in the sizes section of the publisher. Choose a pre-designed template from hundreds of exclusive designs to create a great book cover. Upload an image or choose one of the millions of images with the photo search, you can use it as the background of the book. Add color filters and retouch the image of your cover to your liking. Write the title of the cover and your name and you have it, ready to download and print!

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to design, professional designers have already created hundreds of templates, you just have to click on the texts of the design and replace them.

If your dream has always been to write a book, why don’t you start with the cover? So you will have a guide to write your dream book, and if you already have to wait to create a professional cover in a few clicks, it’s free!

A picture is worth a thousand words and you know it. with EDIT you can create the cover designs of your book for free and in a very simple way with hundreds of templates. To design the cover of your ebook, in addition, you can choose from more than 1 million images and combine them, so you can even create the covers of your book of love, adventure or a story.

Once you have created it, all you have to do is download it in the format you want or save it in your user account. Add the cover in your book and scratch! You will have your book finished and ready to become a super sales!

Turn heads with remarkable book cover designs, that you can create yourself. It’s easy, fast and you don’t need to install anything in order to use our book cover maker.

The easiest way to make a book cover

Our book cover maker is really easy to use. You don’t need any technical or design skills to make your own book cover. Simply add images and texts to your book cover, and edit them however and whenever you want.

Free stunning book cover templates

Check out our wide range of professional book cover templates!

We have templates for all genres! Whether you are looking for templates for fantasy & sci-fi covers, drama covers, romance covers, thriller & mystery covers, we have the cover template for you.

How to make a book cover

Here’s how easy it is to make your own book cover

Select the book cover size

Create an account on Flipsnack to and choose a size for your book cover. Books come in all shapes and sizes, so if you haven’t yet, we recommend doing a bit of research, as book size will impact your printing costs and there are a few conventions that are good to know about.

Choose a book cover template or start from scratch

After selecting a size, you can choose to use a book cover template or design your book cover from scratch.

Bring your book cover to life by customizing it

Play around with the template and customize it. Don’t be afraid to change images and fonts. You want your book cover to reflect your vision of the story.

Choose the rights fonts and colors

Different fonts and colors go with different genres. Fonts that fit horror book covers template might not be the best choice for romance book covers. Same goes with colors.

Download and print, or publish online

When you’re happy with the design and feel of your book cover, simply download and print it with the book content. You can also upload your book content online and publish it to share it with the world. If you don’t want to give it away for free, you can sell it on our platform.

Download and print your book cover

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but the fact is that great book cover design can sell a book. At the end of the day, it’s what book covers are for. They’re designed not just to protect the content from deterioration, but also to capture attention and lure the reader in.

You can download and print your book covers at any time. To achieve the best print results, we recommend printing your books cover at a professional print shop. If you are on a budget, you can, of course, easily print them yourself.

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My hexies fantasy is still going strong even after I have completed the Modern Hexagon Flower Quilt Duvet cover for my daughter (click the link for the pattern and tutorial), this time I sew up some fabric book covers with the 1″ hexagon size. Simply love how they turn out, be it a full hexagon quilt version or a hexagon flower applique patchwork. Since I have covered the method on how to sew hexagon block with a sewing machine, this time I will concentrate on showing you how to sew the fabric book cover instead.

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If you have been following Craft Passion long enough, you might have seen another similar pattern & tutorial 9 years ago. Yes, a good 9 years ago when I just started sharing my design and pattern in Craft Passion. Today, I am sharing another fabric book cover pattern & tutorial which is easier and quicker to sew. This fabric book cover tutorial also comprises the method on how to measure your book and calculate your own dimension according to your book size.

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Not only that you can use this pattern and tutorial for literally any book size, now you are able to sew in 2 options with a slight adaptation, fitted width cover or flexi-width cover. Fitted-width fits only in one-size book, it might not suitable for other books that are thicker or wider (same height). So, if you have books of the same size, i.e always buy the same notebook to use, then it is a good option to go for. However, if you have a few books with different thickness and would like to interchange the covers from time to time, flexi-width is the perfect option to use because the flap at the back of the cover is adjustable to account a slightly different width.

Create Beautiful Book Covers with our Cover Maker. Try It for Free!

Are you browsing for book cover design ideas? You have come to the right place! Now that you have written great content you need a beautiful book or ebook cover to do it justice. With GraphicSprings’ book cover maker you can design stunning covers in just a few minutes. You don’t need any prior design experience, simply browse our book and ebook cover templates and make adjustments as needed. If you want to get really creative you can design your own cover from scratch.

Covers recently made with our book cover maker:

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Book Cover Template Ideas

It’s no easy feat to capture your book’s essence with a cover page. Title, subtitle, images, colors etc. are all very important considerations. To find the right cover design, that most closely appeals to your readers, we created a database of professionally designed cover templates sorted by writing genres. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Fan fiction
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Suspense/thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Short story
  • Comics
  • And many more.

How to Make a Book Cover Design?

Creating your own book or ebook cover design has never been easier. Simply follow the steps below:

1. To get started click the “Create My Free Book Cover Now” button below

2. Browse our book and ebook cover templates and choose the one you like, or choose a blank canvas

3. Edit the design to your liking by modifying text, colors, images, effects and much more

4. Save and download your book cover design in the file format you need

Whether you’ve written a fantasy novel, a technical how-to guide or any other type of book, one thing’s for sure. You want people to read it.

And here’s the problem: despite that old saying about not judging a book by its cover, people judge books by their covers all the time. If your cover looks professional and conveys the right image, people are more likely to read the book. On the other hand, if your cover looks amateur, they’ll assume that the same applies to the writing.

But what if you’re not that great with Photoshop, and you can’t afford to hire a professional designer? Don’t worry—you can still design an awesome cover for your next book, using a simple online book cover maker.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose from a huge library of professionally designed book cover templates.
  2. Customise the design and text to make it your own, simply by choosing options in your internet browser.
  3. All done! Download your new book cover.

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Why Your Book Cover Design Matters

With more than 2.2 million books published every single year, it’s incredibly difficult to make your book stand out. Readers have so many books to choose from these days, and the ease of self-publishing means that the field is becoming ever more crowded.

But you’ve spent months or years writing your book, and you want people to read it. In an environment of market saturation and short attention spans, you may only have a few seconds to grab a potential reader’s attention, and an eye-catching book cover can achieve just that.

“Want some evidence? A study by 99designs found that a better cover design increased book visibility by 50% or more.”

More visibility for your book means more readers and more sales. And some of those readers will then review and recommend your book, leading to a virtuous cycle of increasing popularity.

A well-designed book cover is also a great way of finding the right audience for your book. The right combination of colours, imagery and fonts can convey so much about the book’s style and subject.

If you get the book cover design right, your readers will know what to expect. You can use your cover to send out all sorts of signals about the style and tone of your book: playful or serious, suitable for adults or children, etc. All of this will help you to reach the people who are looking for a book just like yours.

How to Use a Book Cover Maker to Make Your Own Design

So if a book cover is so important, how do you create the perfect design—without needing great design skills, and without blowing your budget? The answer is simple: you can use an online book cover maker.

All you need to do is select a book cover template from the gallery of options. You’ll find templates for travel books, novels, financial books, and much more.

When you’ve chosen a template, you can start playing with the design options and making it your own. You don’t need any special software—it all happens in your internet browser.

How to Make a Book Cover

The first thing to do, of course, is to enter your book title and author name to replace the placeholders. You can change the font and colour of the text as well.

Then you’ll work on the graphics. Each template comes with illustrations and/or photographic imagery provided, but that’s just the starting point. You can switch the graphic elements just by choosing different ones from the large galleries provided—or you can upload your own custom images if you prefer.

With every change you make, you’ll see your book cover start to take shape on the screen in front of you. If you decide to remove lines of text or other elements, the book cover maker will automatically adjust the layout for you, so that it’s all perfectly balanced.

Although you’re starting with a book cover template, there are so many customisation options that you have an endless vareity of choices to make a completely custom logo. It’s completely free to use the book cover creator to experiment as much as you want, and then it’s just $8 to download the finished design.

When you’re happy with what you’ve created, just click “Download” to get your finished book cover, ready to use on either an ebook or a printed book!

Every good book deserves to come in a great package. Now that you’ve finished writing, give your book an eye-catching cover with Lucidpress’s free book cover maker software. With a powerfully intuitive editor, it’s never been easier to impress your audience… and yourself.

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Get started fast with free book cover templates

With a collection of great-looking book cover templates, our book cover maker gives you a foundation to start with. If you’re looking for a little inspiration or need a hand getting your cover done quickly, we can help. You can create a beautiful book cover in minutes with our pre-designed book cover templates.

Quick and easy

Our intuitive, drag-and-drop editor makes creating on-brand content quick and easy.

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Grow your brand

Advanced template locking empowers team members to customize co-owned templates — without going off-brand, in turn helping ensure content remains consistent.

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Empower your team

Share templates and brand assets with multiple team members and assign team roles to control who has access to what.

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Share anywhere

Multi-channel distribution options — like on-demand printing, direct mail and digital publishing help you seamlessly share finished materials with your audience.

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Feature Highlights

Become a savvy book designer and publisher. We make it fun to bring your creative projects to life. With multi-page layouts, robust image management and smart brand controls, you and your team can collaborate online to create a book cover you’re proud of. Check out our book cover design features below.

Brand assets

Store and download custom brand assets (like logos, colors and fonts) into our asset hub for fast access.

Web-based platform

With a web-based platform, no downloads or software installations are required, and you can access your Lucidpress account from any browser or platform.

Data automation

With smart fields or our advanced data automation feature, you can auto-populate information in your templates, cutting down on repetitive content updates.

Easy import

Lucidpress integrates with your favorite tools to put content at your fingertips. Transfer text from a Google Doc or import photos from Dropbox, Facebook, or Google search so you can stay focused on your project.

How to make a book cover

Step 1: Select a style that works with your book

Decide on a portrait or landscape orientation—or you could even go for a different look, like a square. Select fonts and colors that fit well with the book’s style. At the same time, choose whether the focus of the book cover will be on the text or the imagery.

How to Make a Book Cover

Step 2: Consider your readers

Select images, a title, and other information that will connect with your target audience. Think about other elements of your book cover that you can use to attract readers. Your book cover is the first impression they’ll have of your work, so make it count.

How to Make a Book Cover

Step 3: Use visuals

Make sure each visual element is cohesive with one another and with the theme of the book. Choose a font that really brings your text to life. Decide on an image that helps to create a visual overview of the book.

How to Make a Book Cover

Step 4: Share your book cover with the world

Save both the digital and print versions of your book cover in a high-quality format. Now you can print it off or share it online. For example, you can use the cover to promote your upcoming book launch on social media. Let the whole world see your work.

How to Make a Book Cover

Save time with lucidpress

It’s fast and easy to produce professional results with our book cover designer. Our templates and drag-and-drop functionality make designing your book cover quick, while still allowing for full customization. Templates give you a place to start, and you decide how much time you want to take customizing your cover. Either way, you’ll end up with a professional quality book cover design. With Lucidpress, you won’t waste time learning how to use a complicated software that takes time and expertise to use. Lucidpress is the perfect cross between a simple and a professional design tool.

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➽ 3 Foolproof Layouts That Work for Any Genre
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➽ 7 Foolproof Design Strategies to Make your Cover Perfect
➽ The Best Free Online Graphic Software for Your Book Covers
➽ 300+ Recommended Fonts for Every Genre
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➽ How to Find the Best Art and Photos (that NOBODY else is using!)

Every good book deserves to come in a great package. Now that you’ve finished writing, give your book an eye-catching cover with Lucidpress’s free book cover maker software. With a powerfully intuitive editor, it’s never been easier to impress your audience… and yourself.

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Get started fast with free book cover templates

With a collection of great-looking book cover templates, our book cover maker gives you a foundation to start with. If you’re looking for a little inspiration or need a hand getting your cover done quickly, we can help. You can create a beautiful book cover in minutes with our pre-designed book cover templates.

Quick and easy

Our intuitive, drag-and-drop editor makes creating on-brand content quick and easy.

How to Make a Book Cover

Grow your brand

Advanced template locking empowers team members to customize co-owned templates — without going off-brand, in turn helping ensure content remains consistent.

How to Make a Book Cover

Empower your team

Share templates and brand assets with multiple team members and assign team roles to control who has access to what.

Share anywhere

Multi-channel distribution options — like on-demand printing, direct mail and digital publishing help you seamlessly share finished materials with your audience.

How to Make a Book Cover

Feature Highlights

Become a savvy book designer and publisher. We make it fun to bring your creative projects to life. With multi-page layouts, robust image management and smart brand controls, you and your team can collaborate online to create a book cover you’re proud of. Check out our book cover design features below.

Brand assets

Store and download custom brand assets (like logos, colors and fonts) into our asset hub for fast access.

Web-based platform

With a web-based platform, no downloads or software installations are required, and you can access your Lucidpress account from any browser or platform.

Data automation

With smart fields or our advanced data automation feature, you can auto-populate information in your templates, cutting down on repetitive content updates.

Easy import

Lucidpress integrates with your favorite tools to put content at your fingertips. Transfer text from a Google Doc or import photos from Dropbox, Facebook, or Google search so you can stay focused on your project.

How to make a book cover

Step 1: Select a style that works with your book

Decide on a portrait or landscape orientation—or you could even go for a different look, like a square. Select fonts and colors that fit well with the book’s style. At the same time, choose whether the focus of the book cover will be on the text or the imagery.

Step 2: Consider your readers

Select images, a title, and other information that will connect with your target audience. Think about other elements of your book cover that you can use to attract readers. Your book cover is the first impression they’ll have of your work, so make it count.

How to Make a Book Cover

Step 3: Use visuals

Make sure each visual element is cohesive with one another and with the theme of the book. Choose a font that really brings your text to life. Decide on an image that helps to create a visual overview of the book.

Step 4: Share your book cover with the world

Save both the digital and print versions of your book cover in a high-quality format. Now you can print it off or share it online. For example, you can use the cover to promote your upcoming book launch on social media. Let the whole world see your work.

How to Make a Book Cover

Save time with lucidpress

It’s fast and easy to produce professional results with our book cover designer. Our templates and drag-and-drop functionality make designing your book cover quick, while still allowing for full customization. Templates give you a place to start, and you decide how much time you want to take customizing your cover. Either way, you’ll end up with a professional quality book cover design. With Lucidpress, you won’t waste time learning how to use a complicated software that takes time and expertise to use. Lucidpress is the perfect cross between a simple and a professional design tool.

Create all of your on-brand collateral in Lucidpress

Create

Design beautiful content — whether it’s digital or for print.

How to Make a Book Cover

Templates

Get inspiration or start from our library of over 800+ templates.

Guides

Learn how to create professional collateral with how-to guides.

How to Make a Book Cover

Design a Book Cover Online

With Placeit’s brand new book cover maker you can now take control and create your own book cover design. No design skills needed and no need to download any extra software since it’s all done from your browser. It really couldn’t get any easier to design the book cover you’re after. It was about time!

How to Make a Book Cover

  • The Anatomy of a Book Cover
  • Why Book Covers Matter?
  • How to Design Your Own Book Cover
  • Premade Book Covers By Genre
  • Promote With 3D Book Mockups
  • Create Your Writer Brand in No Time

Anatomy of a Book Cover

A book cover is an artistic form of communication that uses visual means to attract attention and convey the minimum vital information to entice the customer to learn more about it. It works like a peephole through which we can get a glimpse of the text inside.

Let’s learn what makes a great book cover design. Keep in mind that the book’s content and its cover are always entwined. It’s all about the idea/feeling that you want to transmit.

Go on and tap on the blue buttons on the following book cover image created with Placeit to learn more about the important parts of a book cover.

Why Do Book Covers Matter?

People have been judging books by their covers for ages now. Even now that we have other criteria to evaluate before purchasing a book, like customer reviews and ratings, book covers are still a compelling reason to purchase a book. A book cover offers potential purchasers the possibility of either diving inside or turning back. One must be able to imagine what a book will be about by just looking at the book cover. This is why it’s so important that you know how to design an attractive book cover that will draw in readers. Placeit has plenty of different book cover templates, covering subjects from fantasy book covers to recipe book cover . Go ahead and check them out!

Here are a few great premade-book cover examples to inspire you, but with Placeit’s book cover makers you can basically create whatever book cover you’ve been imagining.

Romance Novel Cover Maker

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Children’s Book Cover Maker

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Teen Novel Cover Maker

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Finance Book Cover Maker

Fantasy Novel Cover Maker

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Self Help Book Cover Maker

Here’s How You Can Design a Book Cover

Making a book cover with Placeit takes no time and everything happens right here in your browser, no need to download expensive design software or hire a designer. There are only a few steps you need to follow:

1. Select a book cover maker from Placeit’s library of book cover designs.
2. Write in your book title and author name. Choose a font and font color that goes with the theme of your book.
3. Choose a graphic (or banner depending on the maker you pick).
4. Pick a background for your book cover.
5. Download your brand new book cover!

Premade Book Covers By Genre

No matter what genre your latest book is, Placeit has a book cover template for it. Whether you enjoy writing fantasy books for young adults or are a self-help guru getting ready to publish your next masterpiece, find a book cover design that suits your book perfectly.

Placeit’s book cover templates are designed by professional designers, ensuring you’ll get the most professional results with every download. Instead of struggling to create a cover design using design software you don’t have the time to learn to use, give Placeit’s design templates a go. You’ll see just how easy it is to create a cover design in a matter of minutes!

To find a book cover design template that works for your book, search Placeit’s huge library of assets or use the tags to filter your results. You’ll find tags for all types of designs, from romance to crime/thriller, making it easier to narrow down your options.

Promote Your Book With Mockups

Now that you have a book cover art file and are probably in the last steps of the self-publishing journey, it’s time now to super easily create amazing marketing material that will allow you to promote your book or ebook like the pros. Have a look at some of the ebook cover mockup templates I quickly created with Placeit!

Create Your Writer Brand in No Time

Finally, take your writing to the next level by creating a writer brand your audience will recognize. As a writer, it’s no longer enough to simply write a book and publish it. A writer brand will ensure that your name is recognized and respected in your field. Creating a writer’s brand isn’t hard, either. You simply need to take the time to decide how you want to represent yourself in your field.

Your brand should set you apart from the other writers in your field for all the right reasons. You can create a logo that is visually appealing and that easily shows what genre you write. Choosing a color palette, a font, and an icon that represent you as a writer and the type of work you produce will make it easier for you to stand out from the competition.

Creating everything you need for your brand is easy with Placeit. You can create a writer logo, business cards, and even flyers to promote your next book launch or presentation all in a matter of minutes. Before hiring a designer to do this for you, head over to Placeit so you can see for yourself just how easy it is to create all of these assets on your own and at one low price.

Providing your own Cover design for your book? Great! What we’ll need from you is a PDF file of your front and another PDF file of your back cover layout. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to make your own book covers before publication. This page explains what you need to know about:

  • Image resolution (and how to find it)
  • Image dimensions
  • Text placement
  • How to use our Cover Templates
  • How we make the book spine
  • Barcode and ISBN placement
  • Saving your cover as a PDF with embedded fonts

Please make sure to watch our Video Tutorials and review our Questions and Answer section on this page about common book cover layout questions.

Front and Back Cover Layout

If you’re planning to provide your own cover, you will need to provide two separate files — one for the back cover and one for the front cover. Yes, they need to be two separate files.

An image is often a central feature of any cover. The image must be engaging and represent your book, of course, but it also must be crisp and clear. A printed image must have a certain resolution or the image will be pixelated and blurry. Your cover image should be at least 200 DPI for the best quality printing. The best resolution is 300 DPI.

Please watch the book cover resolution tutorial video below, to find the DPI of an image or graphic that you want to use for your front and back covers.

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Free Book Spine Creation Service

As far as the spine is concerned, we don’t need a file from you if you are using our Free Book Spine Creation service. When you select “Free Book Spine Creation” when placing your order, you will supply the title of the book and the author’s name. Our graphic artist will add the text that you supply for the spine and try to match the same color scheme of the supplied front and back covers. We will try to use the same fonts or very closely matched fonts as those used on the cover. If you want anything different, we ask that you specify in the “Additional Comments” when ordering and we will take care of your request. Note that books under 70 pages are too thin to have a spine.

If you’d like to design or have a graphic designer creating the spine bulk as well, use our Spine Calculator to calculate the dimensions of your spine, and the overall dimensions with bleeds.

Most graphic artists use Adobe InDesign, and will send us one file for the cover that has the front, back, and the spine all merged into one layout file that is ready to print. Our spine calculator is for advanced users of page layout programs. We highly recommend self-publishers use our Free Book Spine Creation service.

Illustrated Explanation: Free Spine Creation

You the author will supply a PDF of the back and a separate PDF of the front cover:

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Then, DiggyPOD will marry the files together and add the spine information for you!

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What about the ISBN Number?

To add an ISBN number, select “Create Barcode” under “Additional Services” when placing your book printing order. DiggyPOD will create a barcode and place it on the back cover of your book for you. Please remember to leave 2″ wide x 1.25″ tall blank area somewhere on the back of your cover layout for the barcode. You will need to purchase the actual ISBN number from ISBN.org; read more about how to purchase an ISBN number here.

Saving Your Artwork as a PDF File with Embedded Fonts

Saving as a PDF is a technical part of file creation, but we’ve made it easy for you with our simple doPDF maker. After creating the files you want to use as your cover, you’ll need to save them as PDFs. Go to our Create Your PDF page to download doPDF and for instructions on how to use it.

In short, once doPDF is installed, open the image file you’re using for your cover and select “Print.” From there, change the printer to doPDF. When you hit OK, a PDF version of the file will save where you’ve instructed it to save.

Custom Cover Layout Requirements

If you want a custom size that is not listed in our templates, then you will need to create your own template.

For instance: If you want a final book trim size of 5.25 x 8.25. You will have to make your Word document page size 5.25 x 8.25. You will need to adjust your margins to .25″ for the top, bottom, left, and right margins.

If you want your images to bleed (where images or graphics go right to the trim edge), then you must add .125″ to all four sides of the page size. For a custom size cover with a final trim of 5.25 x 8.25, you must make the Word page size 5.5 x 8.5, and change your margins to .38″. Please view our DiggyPOD Cover Template tutorial to get a better understanding of how to make a book cover.

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Can anyone share his or her experience on designing a book cover? I just finished writing my “Awk One-Liners Explained” e-book and now I am designing the cover. I tried \maketitle and the result was pretty ugly (see screenshot below). I’d appreciate any tips on designing book covers.

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Here is a poor man’s solution! Cover and title pages should ideally be designed by a graphics artist, as most of us are really challenged in this area! (If you have not watched this brilliant TED Talk by Book Cover Designer Chip Kidd, I advise you to watch it as you can gain a lot of insight into book cover design).

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The code follows:

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Create an own document (1 or 4 pages) for your cover and then merge it with the other document with the package pdfpages . Examples of book covers.

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For more detailed workaround, see Creating Book Covers using PSTricks. You will be guided how to create a book cover as shown above.

For my own cover I use a template:

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On this I put all text frames and additional images with \rput from PSTricks or \put from standard LaTeX.

You can use xcoffins package from LaTeX 3 project. This example is inspired by work of Jan Tschichold

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Book covers, and title pages, should be individually designed — the \maketitle macro is not of much help. On CTAN there is a document of mine showing a range of title page designs that could be adapted for book covers: Some Examples of Title Pages. If you have TeX Live then

should bring it up as well.

Here is, hopefully, an example cover of mine. I have used as the background a photo I took of an old manuscript (cover2.jpg) and overlaid the title information on top. The cover (and book) will be trimmed to eliminate the margin white spaces.

I have a PDF of the above and thanks to Yiannis I now know how to include it in this answer.

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For graphic layout tasks such as this, I reach for a full-page pspicture:

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You can of course redefine the \maketitle macro to acquiesce to your design wishes.

But as Martin has mentioned in a comment, the cover title is actually a later addition to a book. \maketitle is not the way to do this.

The KOMA documentation says the following:

A cover is actually something that should be created in a separate document. The cover often has a very individual format. It can also be designed with the help of a graphics or DTP program. A separate document should also be used because the cover will be printed on a different medium, possibly cardboard, and possibly with another printer.

\maketitle ’s job is to create the title page(s) inside a book, not the cover.

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Looking to create a great-looking 3D cover image to help promote your latest book? Save yourself the time and money of having to hire someone to create this 3D cover image by spending just a few minutes and watching our latest YouTube tutorial that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Why would you want a 3D image of your Book?

  1. As part of an attractive author email signature.
  2. As part of posts on your social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
  3. Helps to make great-looking book-banners.
  4. As marketing images directly on your author-website

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Part 1 – Download your favorite 3D Book template image

No prior software experience is needed to create the 3D image, this easy-to-understand online tutorial will walk you through each step of the process.

Firstly pick the 3D template that most suites your book-type:

Option 1

Standard large book template

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Option 2

The spiral-bound book 3D template (Added June 29th 2016).

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Option 3

The thin book 3D template (Added September 22nd 2016).

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Option 4

The hard-cover book 3D template (Added June 2nd, 2017).

Part 2 – Access Pixlr: The free platform to create the simple 3D Book Image

This tutorial does not rely on Adobe Photoshop at all. Instead we will show you how to use the free online image editor found here; pixlr.com/editor/ to create the basic 3D image.

Part 3 – (Optional) Remove the background of the 3D book cover image using GIMP

I then use the free image-editing software called GIMP to touch up the image. (Download GIMP Here.) Please note, this step is entirely optional and will just polish the 3D cover-image further by removing the background “space”.

YouTube not your thing?

Here is our step-by-step instructions on how to create your own 3D Cover image.

Step 1

First: Download your preferred 3D book image template file.

  1. Option 1:Standard 3D template.
  2. Option 2:Spiral-bound 3D template.
  3. Option 3:Thin 3D book template.
  4. Option 4:Hard-cover 3D template.

Step 2

(You will need to have the high-resolution image file of your Book cover ready.)

First: Open up the template image in Pixlr (Select the “Open image from Computer” option)

Second: Select: Layer – Open image as layer.

Then browse your PC and find, select and open the rectangular book cover image.

Third: Select: Edit – Free Distort.

Drag the corners of the book cover image to match the four corners of the 3D book template. When prompted if you want to save the update, click yes.

Fourth: Select: File – Save,

Save the image to your computer as a PNG file with an appropriate name For example: 3D-Book-Image-MyBookName.png

Hint: You might want to adjust the 3D image dimensions before saving the file, this is done through the following menu: Select the “Image” menu and then select “Image Size”.

Congrats – You now have a professional-looking 3D image of your book cover!

I have deliberately left out the steps to tweak the image through GIMP. If you are more of a geek, please view the YouTube video demonstrating how to remove the background of the 3D image at the beginning of the article.

If you find this tutorial useful, please let me know, I would love to hear your feedback.

How to Make a Book Cover

Looking to create a great-looking 3D cover image to help promote your latest book? Save yourself the time and money of having to hire someone to create this 3D cover image by spending just a few minutes and watching our latest YouTube tutorial that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Why would you want a 3D image of your Book?

  1. As part of an attractive author email signature.
  2. As part of posts on your social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
  3. Helps to make great-looking book-banners.
  4. As marketing images directly on your author-website

How to Make a Book Cover+ How to Make a Book Cover+ How to Make a Book Cover

Part 1 – Download your favorite 3D Book template image

No prior software experience is needed to create the 3D image, this easy-to-understand online tutorial will walk you through each step of the process.

Firstly pick the 3D template that most suites your book-type:

Option 1

Standard large book template

How to Make a Book Cover

Option 2

The spiral-bound book 3D template (Added June 29th 2016).

How to Make a Book Cover

Option 3

The thin book 3D template (Added September 22nd 2016).

How to Make a Book Cover

Option 4

The hard-cover book 3D template (Added June 2nd, 2017).

How to Make a Book Cover

Part 2 – Access Pixlr: The free platform to create the simple 3D Book Image

This tutorial does not rely on Adobe Photoshop at all. Instead we will show you how to use the free online image editor found here; pixlr.com/editor/ to create the basic 3D image.

Part 3 – (Optional) Remove the background of the 3D book cover image using GIMP

I then use the free image-editing software called GIMP to touch up the image. (Download GIMP Here.) Please note, this step is entirely optional and will just polish the 3D cover-image further by removing the background “space”.

YouTube not your thing?

Here is our step-by-step instructions on how to create your own 3D Cover image.

Step 1

First: Download your preferred 3D book image template file.

  1. Option 1:Standard 3D template.
  2. Option 2:Spiral-bound 3D template.
  3. Option 3:Thin 3D book template.
  4. Option 4:Hard-cover 3D template.

Step 2

(You will need to have the high-resolution image file of your Book cover ready.)

First: Open up the template image in Pixlr (Select the “Open image from Computer” option)

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Second: Select: Layer – Open image as layer.

Then browse your PC and find, select and open the rectangular book cover image.

Third: Select: Edit – Free Distort.

Drag the corners of the book cover image to match the four corners of the 3D book template. When prompted if you want to save the update, click yes.

Fourth: Select: File – Save,

Save the image to your computer as a PNG file with an appropriate name For example: 3D-Book-Image-MyBookName.png

Hint: You might want to adjust the 3D image dimensions before saving the file, this is done through the following menu: Select the “Image” menu and then select “Image Size”.

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Congrats – You now have a professional-looking 3D image of your book cover!

How to Make a Book Cover

I have deliberately left out the steps to tweak the image through GIMP. If you are more of a geek, please view the YouTube video demonstrating how to remove the background of the 3D image at the beginning of the article.

If you find this tutorial useful, please let me know, I would love to hear your feedback.

Create Amazing Fantasy Book Covers With Fully Customizable Templates

So you’ve just finished writing your fantasy book and now you’re wondering how to make a book cover that clearly depicts the history and character of the text. You have found an amazing image you’d like to use as cover background, or maybe you’re looking for premade book covers with a fantasy appearance but it all seems too complicated…
Look no more! With Placeit’s book cover maker, you can finish what you started with a professional look on the outside that reflects what the book is all about on the inside. The options are limitless with our fantasy cover templates. You can either chose one of our premade images or submit your own. Write the title, author name and any other info you deem fit, choose the perfect font type and position and get a ready to print file! Use it as an ebook cover, or to promote your book on social media and online marketplaces! We know this sounds complicated, but you can definitely do it all yourself !
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Get to the Fantasy Book Cover Maker

Here are a few samples of what can be accomplished with our different cover templates for fantasy books. Use them to customize your fantasy cover design:

Fantasy Cover Template – Text with FX and Accessory Graphic

Have a look at this astonishing fantasy cover design for indie authors, you will now be able to make a book cover in a super-easy way with super-amazing results! Start now, you just have to use the menu on the right to customize the accessory graphic and the background, then use the menu on the left to edit each line of text. That’s it! This cover maker will give you the joy put your own ideas into reality without the need to learn how to use a complicated tool, isn’t that great?

Fantasy Book Cover Template – Centered Graphic with Text on Top

Looking for an easy-to-use book cover creator that would give you amazing results? Use Placeit! Get started right now by building your ebook covers in a simple way and get a stunning result! Use the menu on the right to start customizing the background and the graphic for your ebook design, then use the menu on the left to edit all the text on the image. Simple, right? Design fantasy covers now with Placeit and start with the right foot!

Fantasy Book Cover Template – Text with FX and Horizontal Graphic Layout

Looking for an awesome tool to create a book cover? You’ve found it! Placeit has this amazing fantasy covers maker for indie authors to make fantasy cover designs in a really simple way, and with incredible results. Start using it now, use the menu on the right to customize the background and the graphic, then edit each line of text using the menu on the left side of the page. It’s super easy!

Fantasy Book Cover Template – Simple Text Above and Name Below

Have a look at this beautiful fantasy cover template. With it, you will now be able to make your own book cover design in a super easy and intuitive way! Let us do the hard work for you, so you can focus on only making the cover template. Isn’t that great? Use the menu on the right side of the page to choose the background color, then edit each text line with the menu on the left. Easy, right?

Fantasy Cover Template – Text on Centered Ribbon

Wondering how to design a book cover? This awesome fantasy cover template is a great option for you to start giving life to your cover ideas! Placeit has a really easy-to-use cover maker: the menu on the right side of the page will let you choose the ribbon and the background type and color, then edit the color pattern and the text lines with the menu on the left side of the page. It’s super easy! Not only is it easy, you can also produce a professional book cover design, which will help you increase your book sales !

Fantasy Book Cover Template – Centered Badge with Text

Placeit’s book cover maker is an excellent choice if you were looking for an easy-to-use tool to create a cover for your latest fantasy book! You can use the menu on the right side of the page to choose the eBook covers background and the centered ribbon type and color. Then edit each line of text and the text orientation using the menu on the left, wasn’t that simple? Design a book cover now with Placeit!
Have any other books written such as a cookbook? We have recipe book cover makers too!

Use Your Cover Design on a Book Mockup to Promote Your Work

A photorealistic book mockup allows you to showcase your design without having it printed. Placeit has hundreds of professional book mockups, both with flat/transparent backgrounds and appropriate settings.
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Start promoting your book or ebook with wonderful cover mockups!

Make a Book Cover Mockup Now

Indie Author Promotion on Social Media

Once you have your fantasy cover finished, you want to use it to promote your book in social media! Placeit offers customizable book Facebook ads – just drag your book cover, write the appropriate text for your offer and download it:
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Draw attention to your fantasy novel in Facebook with your design in an ad!

CUSTOMIZABLE BOOK FACEBOOK ADS

“I never thought I’d get the perfect cover for my book with so much ease. Thanks, Placeit.”
Noah H. Gore 5/5

Make a Cover to Promote Your Fantasy Book Online

Having a seductive book cover will improve your promotional efforts and, ultimately, your sales. Now you don’t need wait for a designer to get it done right, get professional results yourself with Placeit’s book cover templates. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a fantasy cover ready to sell your book on the net and beyond!

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We all know that books are, in fact, judged by their covers. Because of this, and because the marketplace is so crazy competitive, your cover can make or break your book. But there’s a bit of a rub where cover design is concerned, which is that many authors fancy themselves book designers. But being the expert on your book does not necessarily make you the expert on your book’s design.

I’ve worked in book publishing — and therefore with cover designers — for more than fifteen years. Some of the best designers I’ve worked with are prickly and opinionated and uncompromising. In a lot of ways you want a designer like this, because it means they care about their work. These designers are like Gucci or Oscar de la Renta on Oscar night. Your book is wearing your designer’s work, and presentation really matters.

As an editor at a traditional house, I always bent over backward to try to help authors get the cover they wanted. There are only two times I can recall that I forced covers on authors, and they thanked me later. There are countless other times I folded, choosing to let the author have their way rather than put up a fight. And there are a few covers I regret not having fought harder to change. It’s often difficult to articulate to authors why the cover they visualize in their minds or mock up using their rudimentary Photoshop skills isn’t strong. Cover design hinges on good taste and being original. It’s a work of art that evokes an emotional response in a viewer — who happens to be a person who’s considering whether the text behind that cover is worth their time.

Chip Kidd, Knopf’s famous and talented associate art director, offers an education about design in his TED talk, “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is,” in which he talks about book design as a first impression. A book cover’s job is to create a feeling inside its potential reader, and while it can and should tell a story about your book, it should not tell the story of your whole book. It simply can’t. It’s a representation, an emotional hit, an impression, and a work of art.

Here are five things to consider when it comes to your cover:

#1. It needs to look good thumbnail-size.
Most designers are paying a lot of attention to this lately, but just in case they’re not, shrink your cover down to the size it will be on Amazon and see how it looks. Does it pop? Can you read the title? Does it make you want to click?

#2. Being overly literal won’t do you any favors.
Kidd addresses this topic in his talk when he tells a story about going to his first graphic design class. The teacher writes the word “apple” on the board, then flashes an image of an apple. He covers up the word and says, pointing to the image, “You can either show this.” Then he shows the word and covers up the image and says, “Or write this.” His message: Do not do both. And yet so many book covers do exactly that. The image in the cover is so “on the nose” that the reader is seeing your title manifested into an image. Avoid directing your designer to do this because you think your reader needs it. They don’t. It underestimates their intelligence.

#3. Avoid too much de- or re-construction in your feedback.
I’ve witnessed many authors, upon being presented with four or five designs, feeling compelled to pick and choose from those various design options to create a composite based on all their favorite elements. This can work sometimes, if you’re swapping a font, for instance. But largely this kind of high-level directing ends up diluting the power of the original design, and the vision of the designer. If you don’t have an eye for composition, consider asking questions of your designer before offering your feedback or direction. Ask them why they made the choices they made, and consider their rationale before you deconstruct or reconstruct.

#4. Driving your point home across too many fronts is the kiss of death.
This is similar to being too on the nose, but it’s writing the word “apple,” showing an apple, and then also, for good measure, asking the designer to use big block type with bite marks taken out of each of the letters that spell APPLE. In essence, it’s going too far. And yet many authors love to go too far where book covers are concerned. This stems, I think, from a desire to be clever, but be forewarned. Design elements whose sole purpose is to provide yet another reference to your title or theme is more often overkill than clever.

#5. Personal attachment will limit your possibilities.
The most common forms of personal attachment are family photos and artwork done by a friend or family member. Memoirists often want their cover to have a personal image, which is great when it works. But remain objective if you can, and ask your designer for their unbiased opinion. Same goes for artwork from family members. I’ve seen authors so invested in an opportunity to showcase the artwork of a loved one that they forget that the artwork has zero sentimental value to their readers. Include it in the mix maybe, but don’t mandate that a particular piece of art be your only cover direction.

At the end of the day, be grateful if you’re working with a designer who has strong opinions, and remember that what matters most is not that it tell the story of your whole book, but that it evoke an emotion that’s pure and on point with your message or story.

Hate sewing as much as I do? I’m sharing how to make fabric book covers without sewing! It’s simple!

Sewing is definitely not my thing so Stitch Witchery and a good steam iron are two of my favorite partners in crafting crime. Today I’m sharing how to use some favorite fabrics to create your own fabric book covers without sewing, turning the ugliest of books into the perfect decorative accessories. (post includes affiliate links – full disclosure statement available )

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Since I’m guilty of being fickle and changing things up in my home more than I probably should, I made covers that are removable so that you can change them out with the seasons and the design of your space. No sewing and no messy glue!

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies for Making Fabric Book Covers

The first thing you need to make fabric book covers is obviously the fabric – it’s the perfect thing for a fabric remnant that’s not big enough for making a pillow but you love enough to put on display. Medium weight fabrics work best (you want a fabric that’s heavy enough that you can’t see through it but also isn’t too bulky). You’ll also need a pair of sharp fabric scissors like , a tape measure, 5/8″ roll of Stitch Witchery, and an iron.

Step 1. Cut and Iron Your Fabric Piece

Measure height of your book and the “wrap-around” width of it from edge to edge with the book closed (19″ in this case):

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Next, cut a piece of fabric that’s 1 ½” taller than your height measurement and 8” wider than your width measurement. If you have wrinkles in your fabric, iron them out.

Step 2. Fold & Iron The Long Edges

Lay your fabric out on an ironing board with the unfinished side facing up. Iron a ¾” fold along the entire length of both the top and bottom edges of the fabric:

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Once you’re done ironing, your piece of fabric will look like this:

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Step 3. Bond the Edges

Next, take a length of the Stitch Witchery and place it under one of the fabric folds that you just created starting 4” in from each end (so your Stitch Witchery piece should be 8″ shorter than the fabric length):

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To activate the Stitch Witchery adhesive, place a damp cloth on top of the fold with the Stitch Witchery tucked inside and press with an iron on the “wool” setting for about 20 seconds. Continue bonding the fold down the length of the fabric piece and then repeat on along the length of the second folded edge.

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Step 4. Create The Book End “Pockets”

The last step is to create pockets that the book cover can fit into on both ends to keep it in place. To do this, fold your fabric over 4″ from the end and place a 4″ piece of Stitch Witchery inside the t0p of the fold (it’s hard to see the Stitch Witchery but if you look closely you can see a white gauzy area where it’s placed). Bond the fabric using an iron and damp cloth as described above.

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Repeat this with three other 4″ Stitch Witchery pieces – one for the top of the fold and one for the bottom of the fold on each end of the book cover. The finished ends of your book cover will look like this when you’re done:

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Place the ends of your book into your beautiful new fabric cover – you’re done!

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Now all that’s left is to figure out where you’re going to use them! One of my favorite spots for mine is stacked on the entry console in our foyer – I’m loving the colors and patterns to liven the space up for summer!

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Once you’ve used Stitch Witchery for this project, you’ll be hooked! Since I don’t like to sew, I’ve used it for all kinds of things including making a no-sew bed skirt that you can learn all about

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I’ll see you guys back here later this week when I’ll be sharing the first of several small updates to our kitchen. I’m loving how things are coming together even if it’s a lot more slow-going than I expected.

Yesterday, I shared the embroidery process for this embroidered book cover with you, and today, I’ll show you the really (and I mean really) simple way I put it together.

There are certainly more complicated ways to go about making an embroidered book cover, but this way is fast and very easy. It isn’t perhaps the most “finished” of finished book covers, but it is finished enough to serve for a long time.

Here’s how I did it!

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This assembly process for an embroidered book cover can be applied to any type of book, really. Notebooks, journals, bibles, prayer books, sketch books – you name it, you can cover any of them with this method!

You can certainly get more elaborate, too, in the finishing. With more time, for example, I would have added a decorative edge to the cover, using the Palestrina stitch worked on the edge.

So whether you go simple or decide to dress it up a bit, if you’re looking for a way to cover a book and you want to keep it simple, try this method!

Prior Proper Planning

You might remember that, in the set-up process for this embroidery project, I mentioned that I basted in the layout of the book cover. This isn’t absolutely necessary – you could skip this step altogether, as long as you’re a good judge of space – but I find it helps to baste the cover layout, to ensure a good fit for the cover and to guarantee the embroidery is centered.

What lines did I baste in, precisely?

A diagram might be helpful:

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I basted the spine, the front and back cover, and then two side flaps on each side of the cover that are at least half the width of the cover. In this case, since my book has a flexible cover, I made those two side flaps even wider, so that they were just about an inch short of the width of the cover.

To determine the layout for your particular book, all you need to do is measure your book parts.

I find it useful trace the parts of the book on a piece of graph paper (8 squares / inch). This way, you can get a very accurate layout, squared up, and measure the parts of the book from there.

Or you can just trace the graph paper layout onto your fabric, using a very light pencil on the wrong side of the fabric. Then you can baste right over those pencil lines.

And if you want to test the book cover fit first, you can cut out your paper pattern and fit it to the book, to see how well the fabric version will work.

Making Up the Book Cover from the Embroidered Fabric

Once the embroidery for the front cover was finished, I washed the piece and damp stretched it to dry.

Especially when you’ve been working in a hoop, thoroughly soaking the piece and then damp stretching it will guarantee that the hoop wrinkles disappear and that your fabric is flawlessly flat. Of course, make sure your embroidery threads are colorfast, or you could end up with a serious disaster!

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When the fabric is dry (or at least dry enough – in this case, it wasn’t perfectly dry, but the little ironing I did took care of that), head to the ironing board, and take a good pair of fabric scissors with you.

Trim the excess fabric within half an inch of the outside basting lines, all around the cover.

Then, with your embroidery face down on a padded cover (you might want to read this article on ironing embroidery and the padded cover I use), fold and iron along the outside basting lines, all around the cover.

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Then, it’s time to miter the corners. If you’ve never mitered a corner, it’s really easy! Here’s my article on how to miter a corner – it’ll take you step by step through mitering corners.

I’m working with two layers of fabric on this particular book cover, but that doesn’t really matter. Treat them as one layer. They’re still basted together, so it’s easy to work with both pieces at once.

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With the corners mitered, head back to the ironing board, and iron in the side flaps, so that you have a nice crisp fold where the side flaps fold in.

When you look at the cover so far, face down, it should look more or less like the photo above.

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At this point, test your layout. Put the cover on the book, with the crisply folded flaps hugging over each cover. It should fit, if your basting was spot on!

In this case, it fit quite well, so…forward!

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The next step – which I forgot to completely photograph, was to remove the basting stitches.

Definitely remove the basting threads before you sew up the cover!

Then I used these handy-dandy mini wonder clips by Clover to hold the cover completely in place while sewing.

Then, I simply whip stitched the cover onto the book, using a white sewing thread. I find it’s best to whip stitch with the cover on the book, so that you can make any little adjustments as you sew, to ensure a perfect fit.

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And here it is, all sewn on! Very, very simple way to finish a piece of embroidery into a book cover!

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The whip stitching is practically invisible, but you could cover it further with decorative stitching along the edges, if you wanted to.

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And there’s the finished cover from above.

Incidentally, if I were re-doing this, I’d only use two colors of purple on the grapes. The light purple gets a little lost.

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And did she like it? She did indeed!

And thus ends The Adventure of the Super-Quick Book Cover.

And now, back to our regular programming…

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