Hand-stitched Pojagi Book Cover

pink and blue hand stitched pojagi book cover with title.

In Korea, when a gift is given in a pojagi wrapping cloth, the cloth is a symbol of the love and good wishes that go along with the gift.

This book cover is not a traditional wrapping cloth, but the pojagi hand-stitching is still a way to share love and good wishes with your book loving friends.

Customize this book cover easily for any size book you want. It could be used to cover a journal or sketchbook, a calendar or planner, or even a Bible or other book with special meaning.

Supplies

Book

Before you begin, choose the book that you will be covering. The project is custom-sized so it will work for any book.

Fabric

The main cover is made with lightweight linen fabric. This is a great option for pojagi stitching because it is easy to work with and comes in a lot of colours.

You will need a large piece of linen for the main cover and some small scraps in a second colour for the accent strip.

You will also need a piece of cotton fabric for the lining.

The size of the fabric pieces will be determined by the size of the book that you are using, so look for amounts in the measurement section.

Thread

Size 12 or size 8 perle cotton, whichever matches the weight of the linen fabric you are using. Traditionally pojagi is stitched with a contrasting colour. Your stitches will be clearly visible, so keep that in mind when you choose your colour.

General supplies

You will need the basic pojagi stitching tools:

  • scissors
  • Hera marker
  • ruler
  • needle (cross stitch or crewel)
  • sewing machine (optional)

Measuring

The size of the pieces will be determined by the size book you are using. You will need two measurement.

measuring the width of a notebook.

First, measure the book from the edge of one cover all the way around the spine to the edge of the other cover. Write it down so you don’t forget it.

This will be measurement “A”. The sample book is 10-1/2″.

measuring the height of a notebook for the pojagi book cover.

Second, measure the height of the book.

This is measurement “B”. The sample is 7″

Main colour fabric

For the main portion of the book cover, cut a piece of linen 5″ longer than measurement “A” and 1-1/2″ wider than measurement “B”.

A + 5″ x B + 1-1/2″

For the sample, the length will be 15-1/2″ (10-1/2″ + 5″) and the height will be 8-1/2″ (7″ + 1-1/2″).

Cut out this piece on the grain of the fabric.

Next, cut this piece straight on the grain into two smaller pieces. Cut it so that one part is about 1/3 of the total and the other part is about 2/3 of the total. Don’t worry about exact calculations. You can even just eyeball it.

The sample is split into two pieces – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and 10″ x 8-1/2″.

Accent fabric strip

Use scraps of fabric that are all 1-1/2″ wide. Height doesn’t matter.

Join these with 1/4″ seam allowances and a traditional pojagi seam. You need a strip to match the height of “B” + 1-1/2″.

pieces for the accent colour strip in pojagi book cover.
accent fabric strip stitched together with pojagi seams.

Lining

Cut the lining piece “A” – 2-1/2″ long and “B” + 1-1/2″ wide.

The sample will be 8″ (10-1/2″ – 2-1/2″) by 8-1/2″ (7″ + 1-1/2″).

Assembly

Join the main fabric pieces to both sides of the accent fabric strip with a traditional pojagi seam.

joining main fabric of book cover to accent strip.

Fold over the short ends 1/4″. Press and then fold over another 1/4″ and press again.

hemming the edges of the book cover.

Topstitch either by hand or sewing machine to hem those ends.

hemming the edges of the pojagi book cover.

Lay the piece out, right side up. Fold over the two ends 3″ on each side.

laying out the pojagi book cover for assembly.

On the lining fabric, zig zag around all edges to stop it from unravelling over time. Centre it on the main fabric, right sides together and pin the top and bottom edges.

pinning the lining to the book cover.

Stitch the top and bottom edges with a 3/8″ seam either by hand or machine.

stitched book cover lining inside out.

Turn right side out. Put the notebook into the cover.

putting the notebook into the pojagi book cover,

You’re done!

notebook with pojagi book cover.

Make variations of this project in whatever sizes and colours you like.

Be sure to #epidastudio when you share your projects on social media!

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Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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