Sunday, February 25, 2024

Make a Faux Leather Book Cover

 Hello my Friends!

I want to share with you how I made this

Faux Leather Book.

You will need a brown paper bag-

or Kraft paper will work.

A book cover

You could even make your own from cardboard.

Matte Mod Podge and a brush

I like the matte for this project.

You can use the other but your 'leather' will have more shine.

Cut a piece from your bag about an inch larger

all the way around your entire book cover.

Crinkle your paper, open and crinkle again.

This breaks up the wood fibers in the paper.

The paper will become soft and pliable .

The side without any printing is the side we want to use.

Smooth out with your hands.

Use a paint brush and Mod Podge on cover.

Start with one section at a time.

Cover with your paper.

Leave edges for now do not trim.

Press paper into spine crease.

Continue gluing as you go with the Mod Podge.

Press paper down and smooth as you go.

When dry flip cover over.

Now you can trim edges if needed.

Fold over edges and glue down with Mod Podge.

Smooth out with your hands to 

remove any air bubbles.

 Burnish the spine creases.

As your cover is drying-

open and close cover 

to make sure it everything

is working !

At this point you can even use acrylic paint

to color your leather then seal with Mod Podge!

You can even use ink to distress your cover even more.

Another coat of Matte Mod Podge.

I measured a piece of cardstock 1/4'' thinner

than the spine.

Then covered the piece with cloth on all sides.

Give a coat of Mod Podge to the inside edges.

Allow for drying time, it doesn't take long.

I sewed the signatures to the cloth.

then glued the cloth to the inside spine.

Then the stitches are hidden.

I have a lot of scratch paper.

When  I  have enough I use coffee to dye

the paper for projects like these-

Then covered the inside flap with cardstock.

The back matches the front.

This technique could be used

to repair a favorite book that has a week spine.

Feels nice and soft like leather.

Tell me what you think-

Here's an antique bookplate from

the Graphic Fairy to

add to your notebook!

Thank you for hanging out with me!

I appreciate it so much.

xo Lisa S


  1. gorgeous and well done, love the final effect of the crinkled paper
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    1. Thank you so much! I will visit you on Monday.
      xo Lisa S

  2. thanks so much for the lesson this looks very impressive. Thanks for sharing please come see what we shared at.

  3. That’s a pretty cool idea and it turned out well!

    Th al you for sharing this at the Homestead Blog Hop 386!

    1. Laurie,
      Thank you for visiting! I always enjoy the Homestead Blog Hops!
      xo Lisa S

  4. Very nice tutorial and result!

  5. Your finished book is lovely, I love the idea of an easily available alternative to leather.

    1. Thank you Julie! I love the way it feels. I may decide to make a small matching stack of books. Have a great week!
      xo Lisa S

  6. Thank you for sharing with us at SSPS! This post is one of my features for this week's SSPS #301! Pinned. Please come and visit with us again!

    1. Melynda,
      Thank you so much ! I'm thrilled to be part of your feature.
      I appreciate you so much.
      xo Lisa S


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