Making a Quilted Photo Album Cover

June 30, 2008

In less than two hours you can make a really cute album cover. Finished album cover.


Approximate Time: 2 hours



  1. Make a pattern with any paper for the entire length and width of the finished cover for your album. Cut two.
  2. Put one copy of the pattern aside. This is the inside of the cover. The second copy will be cut in three parts. (See pic 1) Cut to fit front and back of the outside of the album only. The two remaining (equal size) smaller pieces are used for the inside of the cover.
  3. All "enhancement" is done before the three front pieces are sewn together. Add your lace silk flowers or any decorations for the theme of your album.
  4. Sew the three pieces together. They should look like pic 1.
  5. Lay the two rectangles of printed material together and sew. (See pic 2.) Hem the short sides for a finished look.
  6. Turn inside out and you have a book cover (See pic 3.)
  7. When you close the album, it should resemble the final photo below.
  8. The picture frame on the cover is just a piece of stiff paper, a little stuffing, covered with contrasting material. (You will have to clip the overlapping material on the back of the stiff paper to get an unwrinkled front). Glue clipped material to the stiff paper. Glue lace to stiff paper and glue three sides to the cover. Slip picture in from the top unglued opening.
Four photos of steps.
This cover is as versatile as your material choices. I hope you enjoy making these and giving them as gifts.

By Tedebear from San Jose, CA

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March 8, 2007

I just love this site. So many great people out there that are willing to help us dummies that don't know or forget how to do things. Anyway, I was wondering if their is anyone that can tell me how to cover a photo album. The kind that is padded with quilting and fabric and can be trimmed with lace.


You then can put a picture of someone on the front. It's like something you would do for a special wedding album but this one is for everyday use. Hopefully someone will know what I'm talking about. For one thing, what kind of glue do you use? God Bless each and everyone of you.

Angelheart from Clyde, TX


March 9, 20071 found this helpful

I know what you are talking about. A friend gave me one years ago. If I am not mistaken, she glued the batting directly to the album cover, cut the fabric an inch larger on every side of the album when it is opened. She then started at the binding of the album and glued the fabric working her way to the back and front edges of the album. Once to the edges, she folded the fabric and glued it down, then took either another piece of fabric or a piece of paper and glued that to cover the insides of the front and back, so the edges of the first fabric did not show and then added decorative ribbon to cover where those two edges came together.


Sometimes she would put ruffles around the cover, hiding the edges with the inside fabric. Also, she added a thin ribbon between the fabric edges for tying the album closed.

I hope you can understand my directions, if not, maybe someone else can help describe it better than I can.
Hope I helped a little bit,

By Jenifer (Guest Post)
March 12, 20071 found this helpful

I get the crib size rolled batting and hot glue it directly to the album. I also cut out poster board to cover the inside to hide the material "cut line". I cover the poster board with the same material as the oustide of the album. Cover the album with the fabric -- wrap it like a present. Then add the lace or beading to the inside edge and follow with the covered poster board.


By denise warner (Guest Post)
March 15, 20070 found this helpful

the first lady had it right just make sure you put your lace/binding in before you glue your insides back into it this gives a nice finished look

March 21, 20070 found this helpful

Here's a couple of examples that might be helpful

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November 19, 2019

For my first born I was gifted a cute Pooh Bear themed covered photo album by my ex's great grandmother. I love it! It's so cute. I now have my second child and she had asked me where is her book.

I would love for her to have a covered photo album so I want to learn how to make it. Can you please direct me to a tutorial? I haven't found one similar to it.

Making a Quilted Photo Album Cover - Winnie the Pooh album cover


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November 19, 20190 found this helpful

Thrifty Fun has a section here


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November 19, 20190 found this helpful

I own one of these given to us as a wedding album. I noticed on mine that quilt batting filler was used to pad the 3 ring notebook binder.

Binder with screw on ring frame and remove but save.


Spray can of glue (holds fabric in place)
Poster Board for the inner sides of front/back sides of binder
OR a little thicker back board if desired
2" wide Lace for trimming
Tape Measure
2 tubes of Quilter's glue (sewing notions)

Cut quilt batting to measurement of binder's full size.
Spray the glue lightly over the exterior of binder and lay batting over the exterior as one full piece. You will not overlap edges.

Cut fabric as one piece to cover the full exterior allowing for generous fold over edges and over where the metal ring frame is place.

Spray glue lightly on the back of fabric to prevent sliding and position over batting.

Glue gun edges down around the binder keeping fabric smooth and wrinkle free.

Working from the inside of binder, Place the front side of lace face down evenly over raw edges of inner binder. Glue gun or generously use quilter's glue to dot in place around three sides of both boards unless you wish to put it where the metal ring frame will go also which is all the way around. Your choice.


Two measured pieces of poster board or slightly thicker, cut for the interior of both sides of the binder that will be large enough to cover raw edges of lace. These do not use batting. AND, they must be cut from where metal ring frame edge is on both sides to about 1/2" or less from edges of album sides. You need the album cover to fold and give. Boards too far in will disallow that movement.

Inside of album: Cut fabric larger as one whole piece enough to cover both boards tucking in raw edges and gluing them down around three sides of each board. Tuck under rest of raw edges where metal ring frame will go and glue them down.

Replace the metal ring frame.

Decorative Middle Piece: If a photo is used cut a circle or oval poster board (mine is 5x6 inch oval)

Cut out a center hole in poster board the size of photo to be seen.


Place a thin perfectly fit layer of batting over the top of board cutting out center hole; no folding over needed for the batting. Use spray glue to hold in place.

Cut fabric and generously allowing enough fabric for folding over in the center hole and around the board continue gluing edges into place along both circumferences.

Lay this board face down, so raw edges are exposed.

Put lace face down evenly and glue around the circumference of the raw edges of the outer edge of middle board. Leave enough lace to overlap lace edge about 1 - 1 1/2" before gluing down. Ends should be straight cut.

Lay photo in center of the binder and place middle board's hole centering over picture. Tac with quilter's glue (in a tube) around edge of inner circle to hold photo in place.


Glue gun or use dots of quilter's glue around circumference of raw edge pressing firmly down.

Generous amounts of quilter's glue means lots of small glue dots close together; not in continuous flow like you would do with a glue gun.

If you get stumped, you have yours as a visual aid.

Now you are ready to insert photo holders in the binder and begin using.


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November 20, 20190 found this helpful

I would say this is a form of scrapbooking on the cover of the album. They are not that hard to make and I am sure you could easily make one for your daughter.

You will need a photo album, material, hot glue gun, some fabric or lace for the center, maybe some foam for under the material and a baby picutre.

Start off by gluing the foam to the cover, then cover it with your material and glue the material to the inside cover. Use a bowl to makr a center line where you want your ring to be. Suff the ring with a little foram and glue this in place and then add your picture. Use the one you have as an example and have fun making one for your daughter.

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February 29, 2012

I need a pattern and directions for making a padded photo album. Thanks.



March 5, 20120 found this helpful

Here's a great video showing the basics of making a covered photo album.
For a wedding album the ideas for fabric and trims are limitless - let your imagination and the bride's wedding colors, style, etc. be your guide!

I prefer skipping the lace around the outer edge and using decorations only on the front but it's up to you. This video demonstrates how to cover a "regular" photo album but if you can afford the type album, with screws, where you can removed the front and back covers to work separately they are the easiest. Acid free album sheets are the best and worth the price for a lifetime of memories.

October 27, 20160 found this helpful

I would like to have a pattern for the padded wedding photo album with some written instructions

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