We have received our new planner for 2016 a while ago and I thought it would be nice to cover this plain black book and pep it up a little. For this project, I remembered that we bought some gorgeous place mats about three years ago because I fell in love with the beautiful crimson color paired with a reptilian texture. This place mat matches almost exactly the planner book it will cover, but very little is missing to do the job properly, which means the flaps on both sides will have to be in a flexible material that will “complete” the size of the mat. In this case, I am taking a black jersey from an old Pilates outfit.
To make the book cover really steady and long-lasting, I decided to sew both jersey pieces instead of glueing them. Using the already existing holes, since the place mat has a seam all around, the thread will remain very discreet.
Place mat and jersey were held in place with clothespins during the sewing.
You can also see down below how the jersey now forms the perfect addition to the mat to completely cover the book. The flaps can be used as pockets for stickers and such and when the dashboard is finished, filled with paper flags and sticky notes ready to go, the planner becomes officially “usable”. :)
I hope this inspires you to make your own book covers, maybe even as presents for friends and family. Have a beautiful day!