June 12, 2012

Fabric Covered Books

I've noticed recently that a lot of the home decor stores use books to decorate.  They are stacked and sometimes tied with hemp.  They are placed on shelves or coffee tables.  Well I only own ugly books.  Well, most of them are ugly.  So today we're making books worthy of decorating a home.

I went through some of the books in our home.  This puppy was screaming for a makeover.

This project is a great way to use up scrap fabric. I got out a stack of books, my scrap fabric, and Aleene's Fabric Fusion.  This adhesive works really well with this project, as hot glue can't be spread thin.

I cut a piece of fabric a little bigger than the book when opened.  I brushed on a coat of fabric fusion on the top and along the spine.  Then I folded the fabric onto it, flipped the book and did the other side.

I opened the book and trimmed the fabric inward as shown by the spine.

Then I brushed the edges of the fabric and book and folded them in.

I folded the corners like a present, pinching the corner...

....and then gluing it flat.  You could glue in a piece of paper to cover the fabric inside, but since I wasn't going to be opening the book that often I just left it.

I also glued the little edge near the spine.

Doesn't that look better?

Make them in all sorts of colors to add a pop of color to a room.  Tie them up with a string or a belt.  

Use them as decor.  Mix and match them with other books.

Thanks for reading.


  1. great idea! reminds me of book covers in school :)

  2. That's a great idea. I could do it with cookbooks I have never used

  3. Really very cute and a great way to disguise books in need of a makeover! Lovely fabric!

    Jess @ The Delightful Crafter

  4. Love this!! So so cute!!

  5. Perfect! What a simple smart idea! My husband might come home to a house full of covered books! uh oh!

  6. oh, awesome! I was going to cover a scrapbook with fabric but wasn't sure how to go about it.

  7. I have that same Home Improvement book and when I saw that you picked it as your "ugly" I laughed out loud!

  8. Great idea for people trying to sell their homes, because people are nosy and want to see what you are reading. And, the books could be color coordinated so they look more seamless and less distracting on a home tour.

    I've also used wallpaper as a temporary solution.

    Thanks for the tute!

  9. I love this idea! Thank you! Funny, I have that same orange Home Depot book...

  10. What a wonderful idea -- I now have a purpose for all those old textbooks I never could sell back!

  11. cute idea! the thrift stores where I live aren't that great, so it's hard to find good-looking books for decor purposes.

  12. I love this! What a great gift idea to personalise some journals...

  13. Love it!!! I want to try to cover some of my ugly baby

  14. oooo the possibilities are endless. this is a great project for all the pretty fabrics we tend to hoard ;)

  15. Hey Cheri!
    These are so fabulous. I have some random old books that need some love!I would love for you to link up at my anything goes link party going on right now through Monday evening.
    Kim @ Too Much Time On My Hands

  16. SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you'll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

  17. This is great! I have so many big unnattractive books around my house - now I am inspired to make them pretty with fabric. Thanks!


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