Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shabby Bible Cover...Made From A Pillow Sham

Good morning, blogging friends!
You may remember I showed you a picture of an old quilted sham and some lace
on my Blogland Tour.
I mentioned I was making "something" out of it.
Well, I made a Bible cover from the old sham and I thought I would share it with you :)


My mom gave me a few shams and I thought one would be perfect for holding my Bible.
I have a few more ideas for the other pillow covers
and hopefully I can share those ideas with you soon :)

So here is the sham before. . .


Let me show you how I transformed it into a Bible cover.

I cut out the center star to the measurement of my Bible
plus I added an extra 1/2-inch on each side 
so that I had room for my seam allowance.
(The sham had batting and I cut it to the size of the case so that it had extra padding.
If you use a sham without batting 
than I would recommend using a piece - it gives it a nice, thick feeling.)


I cut out two linings that were the same measurements of the cover.


I cut one of the linings right down the center,


and double folded the top edges of each side,
pressed them, and sewed down the fold.


I created handles by using the border fabric from the sham
by folding in one side about 1/4-inch then folding it again so the edges are together.
(The handles also had batting in them.)


I sewed down the folds.


I added some vintage lace to one side of the cover.


Then I pinned on the handles to the center of each side.


Next came the pockets,


and finally the lining was pinned on.


I sewed around the edges and left a small gap unsewed 
so that I could turn it right-side out.


Once I turned it right-side out I hand stitched the gap closed.


And this is how it looks on the inside.
The lace you see is actually the "latch."


Now lets put my Bible in and see how it looks.


And that's it. . .an old sham turned into something "new" and pretty :)



I added a shabby flower instead of a button to keep the Bible closed.



My dear friends, this Bible cover is fairly simple and quick to make
so what are you waiting for - go dig around for an old sham that needs re-purposed :)
Much love and big hugs to you!


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49 comments:

Sarah Rega said...

Hi Stephanie!
What a beautiful Bible cover. I should make myself one - the one I have now is just starting to fall apart.
I was commenting because I tagged you in the Sunshine Award. It's a fun thing a few of my blogger friends have been doing and I thought you might enjoy it. Check it out on my blog: http://sarah-rega.blogspot.com/2014/08/sunshine-award.html

vic said...

Wow Stephanie you are just so talented what a beautiful bible cover and such pretty material wow! Gorgeous :)
Hugs to you
Vic xx

Jan Tanis said...

That's beautiful Stephanie!! Perfect use of a pillow sham!

Thanks for your prayers...I posted about Angel and me again just now.

Hugs,
Jan

mamasmercantile said...

Stunning, a truly beautiful repurposed pillow sham into a delightful bible cover, its doesn't get any better than that.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, your bible cover is gorgeous and what a wonderful use of the pillow sham. You designed a very special treasure. Your talents are always amazing. Your friends at church are going to want one.
My mother created her bible cover using canvas needlepoint and it remains with me now and very special. I have enjoyed creating bible covers but yours is very inspiring using a sham.

Thanks for sharing your steps.
Thank you also for stopping by while I was on vacation. So nice to catch up this week and get back to our routines.
Blessings and love~

Ruth Weston said...

I LOVE it! That is gorgeous. You clever girl! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Ruth

Sandra Howell said...

This is so lovely Stephanie! Your creativitybis amazing. I saved the tutorial and am going to try it out for my daughter's bible. Blessings!

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie! Your Bible cover is just precious. You did a wonderful job on it, and thank you for the tutorial. Have a great week!

Debby Ray said...

Stephanie, this is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for the tutorial...what a great gift idea, too!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I love to re-purpose shams, place-mats, clothes, whatever I think will be useful. I've been wanting to make a cover for my bible for awhile now. I think you've given me the incentive, and the directions. Thanks for this tutorial. You're a Gem! Abby

Robyn said...

That is so lovely, Stephanie and the cute little handles are perfect! You have such a talent for creating special things! Hope your week is off to a good start, my friend!

Sola Scriptura said...

That is beautiful, Stephanie! You are so talented.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I use the Bibles on Bible Gateway. So, no sham repurpose for me. But yours is darling. It fits your personality so well!
xxoo, m & jb

Sylvia said...

Beautiful Bible cover,Stephanie, I just love the shabby look!

Anne Payne said...

wow. My jaw literally dropped when I saw that gorgeous Bible cover! You make it sound incredibly easy but I know ti can't be that simple, at least it wouldn't be for me. I would need a stack of shams for all the mistakes I would make :) And the material piece you used for the handles, the same pattern is in two quilts that my mother-in-law made for my girls, and my mom used that same material for some craft projects. I love the shabby chic look the lace and flower bring to your cover!

Blackberry Lane said...

This is a delightful Bible cover. When I am at the thrift stores, I see MANY quilted shams that are practically new, because few people actually "use" them. For those that sew, this is a great project for a rainy, cool day. Thanks!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Amazing! Your cleverness and sewing skills are amazing! What a pretty bible cover.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Great and fabulous. You are very creative. Keep in touch

Valerie said...

Dear Stephanie,
That is just lovely! You are so very talented! What a perfect use for those beautiful shams. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful, just beautiful, Stephanie!
I must put one on my wish list.
Love you!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely delightful.

Libby @ A Noble Calling said...

This is just beautiful, Stephanie!!! I got a new Bible after Christmas and it's too wide for most of the covers sold in stores so I will have to give this a try :) Such a lovely idea!! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you're having a beautiful week!!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Clever and beautiful! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Vicky Hunt said...

So clever Stephanie! It turned out beautifully! I have a bible tote that is made from a quilted placemat, but I really need a new one. Your bible looks well loved...:) The best kind! Have a lovely evening.

Blessings, Vicky

Mary said...


Very Pretty!

Jeanna said...

The sham was so pretty before and it transformed into a gorgeous Bible cover. A well loved Bible has a well loved cover now. Great job Stephanie.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just lovely Stephanie! What a wonderful way to repurpose a pillow sham. You did a beautiful job, dear friend.

Vee said...

That's darling! I love it!

living from glory to glory said...

Well, this has just inspired me so much! I really am looking forward to trying this! Going to pi this one...
Love to you, dear friend! Roxy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are always so sweet! I love your Bible cover. I like to get those old quilted shams when I can find them for projects, too. I made a couple of Christmas stocking with them last winter! Sweet hugs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was able to look at your Facebook page and it looks great! (I'm not a member yet though) Hugs!

kitty said...

Oh my sweet friend, I adore how you've transformed your Mom's pillow sham into a precious bible cover. You are so creative with those lovely hands of yours. The cover looks just like something you would love...vintage, lace, flowers and quilts. What a fabulous project!! xxoo

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Stephanie, that is just beautiful! I love the little shabby flower too. Can you believe that I have never had a Bible cover? Both of my Bibles kind of look like it too, but I guess they are supposed to be well loved and well read.

JES said...

What a great idea! I love this project!!!

lynn said...

How lovely is that cover! My my what talent you have dear friend.

Debbie said...

it's really beautiful and what a great idea!!

so nice of you to share all of the step by step details!!!!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Wow Stephanie, you are always sewing up something pretty! I love your new bible cover from using the shams. You are so creative and always have great ideas. Enjoy your day and the rest of the week.
Julie

Katie R. said...

I love it...it is soooo pretty! I might have to try making one of those sometime!
:-)
~Katie @ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

SarahGeorge said...

What a pretty cover Stephanie!. Very well done! :)

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... such a pretty Bible cover. Love, love, love it! Blessings & Hugs

Gail Dixon said...

How do you create these lovely things? Even think of them? I'm always so impressed with your crafting skills. I can imagine how soft if feels to cradle the bible in your hands covered in that material. Beautiful!

Conniecrafter said...

Absolutely Gorgeous Stephanie and such a great way to recycle the pillow shame :) Thanks so much for sharing how you made it

Jazzmin said...

Oh Stephanie, how beautifully and artfully made! Such a lovely project and one I'm sure you delighted so much in doing because it combines your love for sewing and crafting with your love for the Lord.
This is going on my list of sewing projects- I already pinned it :) It is absolutely lovely, so pretty and feminine. It looks like it has such a nice feel when you hold your bible, too.

I so enjoyed your post, dear friend!
May you have a blessed weekend ahead.
Prayers, love, and huge hugs to you!!
~Jazzmin

Ida said...

How pretty and so feminine. You have a great talent for sewing.

Kate M said...

Hello my dear friend - it seems ages since I last visited, and for this I apologise - I have to confess to making the most of the good weather to play golf and spend time with my grandchildren (it's their long summer vacation) and wanted to make the most of it. They are now on holiday in Portugal and will be back next Sunday - I have missed them this week! What a fabulous transformation from a sham to a bible cover - and such pretty material and lace - love it!
I will try not to be absent too long now.
God Bless
Kate
xx

JES said...

I loved this tutorial! Thank you for sharing it this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

JES said...

HI Stephanie :) Just wanted to let you know that this was featured today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Please join in again this week :) Happy Monday to you!

peabea said...

Wonderful!! Gonna have to print this out. I have some shams that would work perfect and have been needing a sewing project. Thank you sweet girl. Yours turned out beautifully. Thank you for being so generous with your sharings. :) ~hugs~

Daniela said...

Scrolling down your blog-page I saw this picture and I couldn't help but to come and read this post, this cover amazes me, is it more beautiful or more useful ?!?
It's everything it can be, it's marvellous, I'm breathless, I have no words, I simply love it so much !
You're a blessing to me ...
Dany

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