Create Your Own Elegant DIY Velvet Book Cover - Ice Fabrics

Velvet is a staple in the world of fashion.! Crafting a velvet book cover is simpler than you might imagine, offering a fantastic opportunity to infuse your style into books or journals. This technique is particularly beloved for creating exquisite DIY wedding guest books, perfect for cherishing and showcasing for years to come.

 Use this tutorial to repurpose old books or fashion heartfelt homemade gifts for your bridal party or cherished loved ones. Here, we’ll guide you through the process of creating your own velvet book cover. 

Tools and Materials Needed


  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Binder clips
  • Paintbrush or a piece of scrap mat board for spreading glue


  • Velvet fabric
  • Hard cover book
  • Quality craft glue 

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Velvet Book Cover

Step 1: Select Your Velvet Fabric

When choosing velvet fabric for your DIY book cover, consider the color and texture that best suits your aesthetic. Opt for a rich, luxurious velvet that complements the style of your book or journal. You can find velvet fabric at most fabric stores or online retailers, and you may even repurpose old velvet garments for a sustainable option.

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Velvet

Measure the dimensions of your hardcover book, including the width, height, and spine thickness. Add a few extra inches to each measurement to ensure you have enough fabric to cover the entire book and wrap around the edges.

Using a ruler and scissors, carefully cut the velvet fabric to the appropriate size, making sure to maintain straight edges for a neat finish. If your book has rounded corners, consider trimming the corners of the fabric to prevent excess bulk when folding.

Step 3: Apply Glue to the Book Cover

Lay the velvet fabric flat on a clean, dry surface, with the wrong side facing up. Place the hardcover book on top of the fabric, aligning it with the edges.

Using a paintbrush or scrap of mat board, apply a thin, even layer of Sobo Glue to the entire surface of the book cover. Pay special attention to the edges and corners, ensuring they are thoroughly coated with glue.

Step 4: Attach the Velvet Fabric

Carefully lift one side of the velvet fabric and gently press it onto the glued surface of the book cover. Smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles with your fingers, working from the center towards the edges.

Repeat the process for the remaining sides of the book cover, making sure to pull the fabric taut to avoid creases or folds. Use binder clips to secure the fabric in place while the glue dries, adjusting as needed to ensure a snug fit.

Step 5: Fold and Secure the Edges

Once the glue has dried completely, trim any excess fabric from the edges of the book cover, leaving a small margin for folding. Apply a thin line of glue along the inside edges of the cover and carefully fold the fabric over, pressing firmly to secure it in place.

Use binder clips or heavy books to hold the folded edges in place while the glue sets. Allow the book cover to dry thoroughly before removing the clips and handling the book.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

For the spine, make a precise cut to allow the fabric to fold neatly into the spine area. Secure with glue and add a binder clip to hold it while drying. For books with a hard spine, tuck the velvet into the ends for a clean finish.

Step 7: Personalize Your Velvet Book Cover

Now that your DIY velvet book cover is complete, it's time to add a personal touch! Consider embellishing the cover with decorative elements such as ribbon, embroidery, or appliques. You can also customize the spine with a title or monogram using fabric paint or markers

Additional Tips for a Perfect Velvet Book Cover

  • Choose a high-quality velvet that not only looks luxurious but is also durable.
  • Sobo glue is recommended for its slower drying time, which allows for adjustments and a clean, professional finish.
  • Practice wrapping a spare book first if you're unfamiliar with handling velvet or glue.
  • Allow plenty of drying time between steps to ensure the best adherence and a clean look.

Showcase Your Creation

Once your project is complete, not only have you created a beautiful and protective cover for your book, but you've also added a piece of artful craftsmanship to your collection. Share your DIY velvet book cover on social media platforms like Instagram using some attractive hashtags to inspire others and show off your work.

Inspired to try more velvet DIY projects? Consider making a matching velvet headband to complement your newly crafted book cover. Velvet can transform the ordinary into something extraordinary, adding a layer of sophistication and texture to any item.