Monday, September 26, 2011

Covering a Photo Book

My 2 year-old loves to look at photos. I’d rather his hands not rip apart the scrapbooks and albums I’ve spent hours organizing and decorating, so I wanted to make him an album all of his own.

Note: You could follow this tutorial to make a cover for any type of book (journals, baby books, etc!)

I found this photo book for $.50 at a dollar store. It fits 4x6” pictures. The cover was ugly and I couldn’t insert a picture to cover it up.


Solution: I made a cover (out of old t-shirt scraps) to cover it up. IMG_2592

To start, I measured the book and added 1/2” to each measurement for seam allowance.

(1/4” for each seam.)


I cut one piece for the outside (I added a fabric stamp as an embellishment) and two pieces for the pockets. I made the pockets 4” deep. I would also recommend adding the button at this step. I did it at the very end and it was considerably more difficult.


With right sides together, I sewed 1/4” from all the edges to create the pockets.


I also used a small hair elastic to create the loop for the button. I just sewed it right on into the pocket so that when it is turned right sides out, the loop will be on the seam.


After clipping all four corners, I was done. Since I used a t-shirt, I didn’t hem any of the edges.


Flip the whole thing right sides out, press it flat, and cover your book!


Perfect for a 2 year-old.



  1. What a super cute idea! I love felt! Have you announced the winner of the my memories suite?

  2. I'm posting the winner tomorrow morning!

  3. That's a cute idea; little kids love photo albums and I agree - they deserve one of their own!

  4. Such a great idea!!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!


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