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Bible Cover and Page Corner

What you’ll need

  • Bible
  • Cork for outside, inside lining, and pocket pieces
  • Poly mesh and sticky cutaway Stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread as stated in color sequence
  • White Felt
  • Thread to top stitch pieces together
  • Optional: embroidery software


Featured Design


  • Since all Bibles are different sizes, general instructions are given here to make this beautiful cover.
  • Use a quality cork; the cork used for this project was purchased in the upholstery section of the fabric store.
  • One style of cork was used for the outside and inside pockets, and a remnant used for the inside “lining”.
  • Use either sewing or embroidery thread to sew the pieces together.
  • Though embroidery software is not necessary, it is certainly helpful in positioning the design and adding the Bible verse; this may alternately be done on most modern machines.
  • Read through all the instructions before beginning the project.


  • Gather the materials.
  • Cork purchased in the upholstery section of the fabric store will have a woven back to it; this adds strength.
  • Choose embroidery thread colors that will compliment and stand out on the cork.

  • Measure around the Bible.
  • Measure the height.
  • Add about an inch all the way around.

  • In software (or at the machine), import the embroidery design.
  • Rotate the design into a pleasing position.
  • If you’d like, select and change the color of the word Love.

  • In the lettering portion of the software (or at the machine), add the chapter and verse number for the quote.
  • For something as simple as this, it is ok to color sort.
  • Save the file and then export it for stitching.
  • Print the design at actual size.

  • Instead of having separate pieces, if the cork piece is large enough, the ends can be tucked inside the covers to create the pockets.
  • Just be sure to allow 3-4” on each side for the pockets.


  • For this project, separate pieces were used for the outside cover and pockets.
  • Measure and mark the size needed—remember to add the 1” all the way around.

  • With the outer cork piece positioned, determine where the embroidery will fit.
  • To do this, cut the design out of the paper and position it on the cover of the Bible.

  • To help with alignment, fold the front cover area over the paper and lightly crease along the center line of the design.
  • Remove the paper from the Bible.

  • Now center and align the center line of the paper to the lightly pressed creases on the cork.
  • Double check the position and tape the paper into position.
  • Determine what size hoop is needed.

  • It may be better to use a larger hoop so the cork lays smoothly in the hoop.
  • Hoop a layer of poly mesh stabilizer, and half the hoop with an adhesive cutaway over which the design will be positioned.
  • You may need to tape the outer areas of the stabilizer down with painter’s tape.

Machine prep stitching

  • Load the design on the machine.
  • Place the hoop on the machine and center the needle over the center of the design.
  • Remove the paper and stitch the design following the color sequence.

  • After the design has finished stitching, remove it from the hoop and remove the excess stabilizer.
  • Position the cover over the Bible and use a marker (or crease) to outline where the outer edges of the book are all around the cork.
  • For this project, tailor’s chalk was used to lightly mark around all the edges of the Bible, onto the cork.
  • A ruler and rotary cutter were used to cut ½” away from the marked lines.

Final Steps

  • Cut a piece of cork for the inner lining.
  • Place the cover and lining, wrong sides together.
  • Cut two pieces for the inside pockets, 3-4” deep and the height of the cork piece.
  • Place the wrong side of each pocket, to the right side of the lining piece at the ends.
  • Use clips to hold all the pieces together.
  • Load the machine, and bobbin, with the color thread that best matches the cork.
  • From the right side, stitch ¼” from the cut edge.

  • Using the ruler and rotary cutter, trim all around the cover, 1/8” from the topstitching line.
  • Insert the covers into the pockets.

  • The cover is finished and now it is time to stitch the corner book marker.

  • Insert the book corner into the software (or at the machine).
  • Select the three scrolls and fringe and make them one color.
  • Select the top and left lines and make them a different color.
  • Sequence them to stitch last.
  • Export the file needed for the machine.

  • Load the design on the machine.
  • Hoop a layer of fleece with a layer of poly mesh stabilizer.
  • Set the colors, and place a stop on the machine before the last color stitches.

  • Forward past the first color.
  • Stitch the design following the color sequence.
  • The machine needs to stop before the last color.

  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Turn the hoop over and place a second piece of fleece on the back of the hoop, taping it in place.
  • Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch the last color to secure the back fabric in place.


  • Remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Trim 1/8” from outside the stitching lines.


Congratulations! Whether for yourself or a gift, learning new ways to use embroidery designs increases your enjoyment of stitching. There is no doubt your project will be a “Grand Slam!”

By the “Grand Slam Designs” Team

By the "Grand Slam Designs" Team

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1/23/2024 11:51 AM
Love this, thanks.
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