New Book Look

Thursday, February 03, 2011 Aimee Larsen 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I was walking through the church were I work and on a table by the library there was a big pile of hardback books marked FREE BOOKS!  Me and my two little boys loaded our arms down with books and hauled them to the car.  The books themselves weren't bad looking but they didn't suit me as they were...

See what I mean, some are really pretty colors and some are blah.  One day I'm going to set out to only find books in one shade, like that pretty Tiffany Blue one above.  Another project for another time.  Today, after weeks of waiting, I decided to give my desire to recover these books a try.  Here's my first attempt.

While I love the muted colors and patterns, they sort of just get lost in my house so I had to turn the color dial up a bit and move from paper to fabric.  I do have to stay true to myself...fabric is just more fun.  So, I pulled out a few of my fat quarters that I bought for my quilting (translation: I need to buy more fat quarters).  Here's the easiest book covering project ever...
Iron the fabric.
Trim the book away from the cover

Mod Podge the front of the book cover.
Flip cover over and press to wrong side of fabric, trim and fold edges over.
Use the first and last page of the book and glue the book back into the cover.
I can't wait to fill my bookshelf up with pretty covered books.  I love fabric, fabric stores are like my candy stores and I should display what I love, this is an easy way to do just that.


  1. I suppose that I should have mentioned that these are books I will never read. I'd just been looking for decoration pieces.

  2. I think I should have mentioned that I'm never going to read these books. They are kind of "weird" reads I suppose. I used to make bound books in college and could make them usable if I needed to but these are just for decoration and that's all.

  3. I'm speechless. Well, that's not true. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Oh, so pretty! Books and fabric, two of my favorite things!

  5. I think this is about the neatest simple project I've ever seen! I've covered many books before, but never with the idea of using them simply for decor. The colors and patterns are fantastic. My mom is in the process of remodeling her kitchen, and I'm going to cover a few books to put on the shelf beside her sink. Thank you thank you thank you!

  6. Fun colors!! I did this with a stack of book on my Shabby Chic Decoupage Ladder. Love the bright colors in yours!

  7. I want to embroider a design on a piece of fabric and then recover the book. This has been a HUGE help in helping me figure out how! THANKS!

  8. What did you use to glue the pages back in? I want to do this for my wedding guest book!


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