Autumn Jubilee Crafting – Hogwarts Textbooks

Our first crafting project of the Autumn Jubilee event is a fun one.   With Halloween coming up, I’ve been working on a plan for costumes for us.  We have a really fun Halloween party to attend at the end of the month with our Mini Cooper Club, and the costumes last year were spectacular, which means we needed to up our game a bit for this year.  We decided to do Hogwarts professors, as we have much of what would be needed to pull it off, needing just a Snape wig for My Sweet Babboo, and couple of other small details.  I remembered a post I saw on another blog, and want to give credit for the basis of this idea to Sadie Seasongoods Altered Books.  But you know me, I could not stop there, I had to put my own spin on it.  She used yearbooks for the leather covers.  But I wanted the inside of the book to reflect the outside subject, so I began searching in the used bookstores for something appropriate.

I found a gardening book with a plain cloth cover for $1.  The book has gardening information as well as uses for herbs, and making teas.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, if someone looks at the book, it actually has the right kind of text inside.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used my marblizing stamp with two colors of ink, one brown and one green, to add texture to the cover.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Just a light stamp gives the book more interest instantly.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Two colors and it is starting to look a bit creepy.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next, I measured the cover and marked a straight line for lettering.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Beginning in the middle, I worked outward placing the lettering for the title.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then I began adding hardware.  I got a whole bag of hinges and such for $1 at the thrift store.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I dug around in the stamping stuff and found some rub on flowers and gold filagree stickers.  Those were added to the bottom right corner.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I put some on the spine too.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A couple of stick-on dragonflies, and this book is done.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Inside, the perfect material for a Hogwarts textbook.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

When I happened across this one, it was perfect, and just $1!!  The printed cover was spooky enough as it was.  The book itself is about weird and unexplained phenomena in our world, like the Bermuda triangle, the Loch Ness monster, strange appearances of unearthly things, UFOs, and a report of raining frogs, along with a lot of other really weird stuff.  It reminded me of perhaps a bunch of underage wizard’s spells gone wrong, and Muggle reports of what happened.  I began altering this one with a stick on rhinestone on the star.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I added hardware and more rhinestones.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Stick-on shapes were put on the left side.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

My Sweet Babboo marked the book and drilled holes in the cover to mount this handle with screws from the underside.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Too cool, isn’t it?

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I added more stickers to the top and bottom.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

And here it is all done.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So we will carry our textbooks, wear our robes and hats, take wands, and have fun pulling it off.  Anyone wanting to look at our books will find the inside just as interesting as the outside.

Altered Books at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Of course, it would be wonderful to curl up with a quilt as we read, and our quilt along is coming on Friday.  For now, check out the new lines at Fat Quarter Shop, and enter today’s Autumn Jubilee giveaway!!  Returning Premier Sponsor Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a gift certificate worth $50!!!  Check out Today’s Flash Sale. International entries welcome!

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What are you wishing for at Fat Quarter Shop?  Do you like my altered books?

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76 thoughts on “Autumn Jubilee Crafting – Hogwarts Textbooks

    1. Joy B

      I do like your altered books! I especially like that you found books with suitable contents, and only altered the covers. They look fantastic!

  1. Cherilyn Anderson

    Addicted to Harry Potter’s world…your altered books are inspired…I would love anything from the Fat Quarter Shop as they have marvelous goodies!

  2. Well these “textbooks” are just absolutely delightful! I am as big a fan of the Harry Potter books and movies as my 3 girls were. (Professor Snape has always been my favorite and I cried when he, so heroically, died.) My youngest, Emma, turns 30 in January and she and Harry were the same age when the first book/movie came out. You did a fantastic job on these alterations!

  3. Cathy B.

    Love your altered books – especially the one with the handle on the front. It’s the little details that make a costume! I’m wishing for a book myself from FQS – the newest Lori Holt Farm Girl book. Thanks for the chance!

  4. mlmcspadden

    Great altered books. They will be the perfect accessory for your costumes.

    As for what I’d want from the FQS, I have no idea – way too many things that I like at the moment.

  5. lewisnancy54

    My daughter’s family all like Harry Potter, and I know your going to have fun with your costumes. I love your altered books. Great job and very creative!! I would pick some fabric from Fat Quarter Shop. I order from them a lot and love their timely service.

  6. Pat Oster

    I love the Hogwarts books! Looking forward to seeing the hats and wands!
    I would buy fabric for the Autumn Jubilee Quilt a long if I win the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.

  7. Love your altered books. Have never made those, but…hmmm…those might make good little Halloween treats for the grands…Will see what I can do…I think I might choose thread or a fat quarter pack from the FQS. Loving Autumn Jubilee!

  8. Eileen

    Great idea for altering the books! Have long been a Harry Potter fan, reading them with my sons. Would love some auriful threads from the fat quarter shop.

  9. JennyM

    Your textbooks turned out amazing! Great that the content matches the outside. I would use a gift card on some Jo Morton Shelbyville fabrics.

  10. Rosemaryflower

    These books are incredible. They would make great props for photo shoots but also great reading. I love the hardware.

    Fat quarter shop has all the fabrics I want and need

  11. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Not a Harry Potter fan, but definitely like Fat Quarter Shop. I would probably pick a quilty gift for my daughter or wool for me.

  12. My daughter went full on Harry Potter everything (house, costumes, food) last year for Halloween. She would’ve loved this one! I could use always use fabric and thread from FQ Shop, esp with the holidays coming.

  13. These are adorable! My husband never read the books as a young adult/teen, so he is reading them for the first time now (at 32!) so it’s been fun to follow along as he reads them.

  14. janice young

    Love your books, Am a Harry Potter Fan .

    To much on wish list to list but gift certificate would be put to good use. Thanks for the chance.
    Janice

  15. These books are perfect for your costume and the decorations you added are too fun! Love the marbling stamp you used. Fat Quarter Shop is the go to place for collections and I’m waiting for a new one out from Robin Pickens this month. It’s on my Christmas Wish list even. HA!

  16. I love your altered books. That would complete the Halloween costume perfectly.

    Thank you FQ for your participation. I’d use a gift certificate for some Aurifil threads.

  17. Hi Carole! Oh my goodness – what a fabulous book. I seriously know several friends who would just DIE if I made this for them. Holy moly. I.do.not.need.to.make.this. I.do.not.have.time. But boy, if I did . . . this would make a very, very, VERY special gift for them. Oh geez. Now I just have to make two of them. ~sigh~ It is just the best thing when you find a gift you can make for someone (or two someones) and you know how much they will adore it. Thanks for sharing this, Carole. I’m begrudgingly thanking you because I don’t need another project! HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

  18. Donna W

    Your “altered” books are fantastic! And, from the Fat Quarter Shop, I would like some fabric, thread, tools. Oh, there are just so many things to buy.

  19. Susan Stanton

    Fabric and a few notions are what I’d get from the Fat Quarter Shop. Your decorated books are faboolus! I especially like the handle. Neat idea.

  20. Carole, just love your altered books! You are so talented, what wonderful ideas! I have had my eye on the unicorn needle minder on FQS, oh and the fabric, beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  21. Linda Russo

    How do you even think of these things? The books look great and so appropriate for your costumes.

    FQS is a great shop. Lots of batiks, Which I always need.

  22. Your altered books are great! I love that you found some books that fit the theme you were going for with your costumes! And the Fat Quarter Shop is great – I have a wishlist over there of reproduction fabrics (mostly reds and oranges at the moment, but there are a jillion more I would add to that list if I spent the time adding to it, ha!).

  23. I love those altered books. They are perfect for the Harry Potter instructors theme. Such imagination!

    If I won the FQ gift certificate I would save it to use for the new Quilters Planner which should be coming out soon and I know FQS normally carries them. 😄 Carol

  24. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I do love both of your very creative books! I am going to send this link to my two daughters who love to decorate for Halloween and get all dressed up also. Plus, we are all Harry Potter fans. I look forward to seeing your husband all decked out in your costumes! If I were to win this great prize, Fabrics would be my choice. Special fabrics that I really want but just can not afford! Thank you for having such a great post and Autumn Jubilee again this year!! Have a wonderful day!

  25. Joan Sheppard

    Never in a million years would I have thought to put a handle on a book! What a fabulous idea! The whole thing came together so well. Thanks again for sharing.

  26. Rita

    Love your altered books! This brought back fond memories of bonding with my grandson when the Harry Potter books first came out. I was his after-school caretaker and we read the books at the same time.

  27. Pat

    I love fat quarter ready patterns and can always use more new Christmas fabric. I really like the designs you placed on your book.

  28. Judyk

    The books look cool. I am looking forward to seeing you in complete costume. I am wanting some Kim Diehl fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop.

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  30. Sue Hoover

    Your books turned out incredibly real-looking for the series — I presume since I don’t really know anything about Harry Potter. However, I’ve seen enough to know that you really outdid yourself with those herbal/potion books!

  31. Kathy E.

    I really like the idea of altered books and making them look authentically spooky!
    I have my eye on Holiday Fat Quarter Bundle Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics at FQS…maybe I should place some hints for it around my house!

  32. Nanc

    Hope you’re feeling tip top!
    Wow! Your talents are never-ending and the books are amazing! Have never read HP books or watched the movies but can’t wait to see your costumes and read about your Mini Cooper party.
    Love FQS! Fabric ?! Who can pick just one? Tula Pink, Corey Yoder, Kaffee Fassett, Joanna Figeroa….

  33. Laura M

    I love your altered books. So creative. So much fun. My favorite fabric line right now at FQS is Spectrastatic and I’d love a Fat Quarter Bundle.

  34. Carla Hundley

    What a great idea and
    the books look fabulous!
    Will be great for your
    costumes. I’d like some
    Fat Quarters or Charms.
    Carla from Utah

  35. thedarlingdogwood

    Wow, Carole, those books are so much fun! I especially like the hinges–great touch! What fantastic props for your costumes!

    Is it ok to want everything from the fa quarter shop???? No? I need new quilting gloves, mine make my wrists and hands ache.

  36. I love what you did with those books, Carole. PLease snap a photo of you two I. Full costume! As for the Fat quarter shop, I just saw a bundle called Snow Days from Bunny Hill that would be so much fun!

Due to the volume of comments during Autumn Jubilee, I am unable to personally respond to each one. Thank you for commenting! I read each and every one.

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