I've been dyeing cloth for months now, and making boxes for decades, but until I wanted a certain color to wrap one of my more recent needlepoint boxes, I had not considered using the unbacked cotton fabric to cover the boards. Why do we use specially prepared book cloth? Why do we back cloth with paper? With lighter colors of cloth, the book board shows through. And it is technically tricky to use PVA with cloth; if the cloth is too porous, too coarsely woven, or if you have too much glue, the PVA will seep through, leaving shiny spots that are impossible to fix.
I really wanted to use the hand-dyed, Brazil Nut brown cloth to wrap my Moss Treasure box. These are general steps that start after I had marked out the center and glued down the lid, making an X for the window and gluing down the edges. (Windows shown on page 234 in Making Handmade Books.)
Post about covering a two-piece box with single sheets or a single piece of book cloth or paper is also here.
Tools: metal ruler; white pencil; sharp scissors; PVA; glue brush; bone folder; scrap paper or magazines to use under the glue