Color Book Tutorial/Sew-Along, Part 3: Sewing The Cover and Trimming the Pages

This is Part Three of my Color Book Tutorial/Sew-Along.  For an introduction to this tutorial plus the finished book and links to all the other parts of this tutorial, see this post.

It’s time to finish sewing the pages by sewing the cover pages and then trimming all the pages in preparation for assembling the book.

1. Choose the solid colors that you will use on your cover.  I chose not to use brown, gray and black because I wanted my cover to be really bright.  Additionally, even getting seven colors onto the square is a little more tricky than five. You’ll have to use really narrow strips and small triangles if you want to do all ten colors.  (See my caution below about the triangles though – you’ll need to make them fairly large to keep them from disappearing in the trimming process.)

Arrange your colors to your liking and then pile them up from bottom to top.

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2.  Sew your cover pages using your 9-inch square pieces of muslin and the same method that you used to sew the inside pages.  (Directions are here.) Sew two similar but not identical blocks, varying the widths of the colors

001 (800x388)Note how the colors are in the same order but different widths (one block with thick pink, one block with thin pink, etc).

3. Cut each block in half diagonally across all the colors, from corner to corner.

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4.  Swap sides and rotate the triangles so you have alternating colors in each square.

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5. Sew the triangles back together, with a 1/4″ seam and press seams open

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Your cover pages are done (except for the embellishments)!

6.  Trim all twelve blocks so that they are perfect 8×8 inch squares.  Use your rotary cutter and ruler.  On the cutting mat, center the block over an 8×8 section. Without moving the block, trim on all 4 sides to ensure that all corners are 90-degree angles.

028 (800x800)This was my second cut – you can see that I’ve already trimmed the top edge.

When you have finished trimming each block, the front should look like this:

030 (800x800)Ignore that black pin in the corner.  That comes later!

and the back should look like this:

029 (800x800)Here’s another example from before:

031 (800x800)and after:

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7. When sewing your title pages, make sure to cut your top and bottom triangles larger than you think they need to be.  I didn’t make mine quite big enough and you can see here that after trimming, there’s not much left of orange, sadly.  By the time I lose another 1/4 inch on all sides for the seam allowance, there won’t be much left.

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After you’ve trimmed all twelve pages, you’ll have a beautiful pile of trimmings too!

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Now, get ready to sew some curves!
(That’s for the next tutorial.)

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