Embossed leather book cover – Part 2

Hello Begonias!

In part 2 of our book cover tutorial, we’ll be looking at the decorative elements which you can add to the plain leather covered book shown in Part 1.   Of course, you might already love the plain version of your book, so why not go ahead and make a second?

We've already completed this plain leather covered book.  Next stop, decoration!

We’ve already completed this plain leather covered book. Next stop, decoration!

OK, so if you don’t already have a covered book, go to Part 1 to create something like the one shown above.  Admire it and set it to one side.  You’re going to be working on a separate piece of leather for the next bit. Continue reading

Embossed leather book cover – Part 1

Hello Begonias!

Now that I have crawled out of the plague pit, I have completed my embossed leather book and want to show you how it went so that you can create your own.

In this part, we’ll just take a look at the basic plain cover, which is nice enough to leave without decoration, if you like.

You will need

  • book to cover (e.g. a notebook, preferably with a spine)
  • thin plywood or thick cardboard
  • string
  • PVA glue
  • contact adhesive
  • thin leather
  • wood stain
  • rounded modelling tool
  • scissors and/or sharp knife

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