Thanks for sending me all of your good information and advice on binding books. I ended up using this tutorial and found it easy and straightforward. I started with the fabric wings step and moved through to the end papers over the course of two days. I used white glue and so far so good. The cover seems to be holding up. It can be done! Sorry for the lousy pictures.
I bet it’s the only Thomas book with a butterfly cover. Not a lot of selection in the trains theme department around here. I even found fancy paper for the end papers. Dollhouse wallpaper from that dollhouse… that never got wallpapered oh, about 20 years ago… maybe more. Throw stuff away? Why would I do that? I might need it 20 years from now.
Maybe one day I’ll find a Thomas patch or something and iron it on to the front. It’s pretty easy to identify though. It’s the only book my kids have that’s about as big as a phone book.