Do you want to make a stylish statement while indulging in your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy-to-make and “oh so gorgeous” decorative linen book covers with metal tags.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

Not only can you dress up your old or new books in new attire, but you can customize the tutorial to suit your décor style.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

I used left-over linen scraps for my book covers, but they would look equally good dressed in denim or even velvet. 😉

And these stylish book covers also fit perfectly with this month’s IBC “Bodacious Books” challenge. I’m not sure if they’re bodacious, but they sure are pretty 😉 You’ll be able to see a whole bunch of other IBC book-inspired projects at the end of this tutorial, and in my humble opinion, they definitely qualify as bodacious.

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What you need

Besides a collection of books, you’ll need:

  • Linen fabric
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler and scissors
  • Metal tags
  • Thread or Twine

What you need to make stylish linen book covers

How to make linen book covers with metal tags

If you can cut and sew a straight line, then this DIY décor idea is going to be a breeze. Using your book as a guide, cut the fabric and interfacing so it’s at least ¼-  ½” wider than your book is tall…….

Use the book as a guide to measure and cut the fabric

…. and at least 3-4” longer or wider than the book when it’s open.

Use the book as a guide to measure and cut the fabric

If you’re using a fabric that frays, like linen or denim, and want to make it part of the look, cut the interfacing a little smaller so the frayed edges can swing free 😀

Let the frayed edges make a stylish statement

Place the interfacing, adhesive side down, on the cut linen. The adhesive side has these teeny, tiny little glue bobbles all over. You want that bobbly glue side facing down onto the fabric.

The glue side of the interfacing has small bumps

Cover with a clean, damp towel and use a warm iron to press, not iron, small sections at a time. Repeat until the interfacing is fused in place. Place the fabric back onto the book to get an idea of where to fold the book cover over the edges.

Place the book cover on the book

Make sure to close the book so you can get a good sense of whether the cover fits snuggly.

Close the book to make sure the cover fits

Iron the edges flat.

Iron the edges flat to get a neat crisp line

Iron the edges flat to get a neat crisp line

Using a thick cotton thread zig-zag all the way around the fabric cover.

Zig-zag around the edges to print fraying

If your interfacing sticks out a little you can trim it away with nail scissors after sewing.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

Adding the metal tags

To add the tags, place the linen book covers back on the book and mark where the tags should go.

Mark where to sew the tag and remove the covers before sewing

Use a thick embroidery needle and twine to sew the tags onto the book spine.

Use twine or thread to sew the metal tags onto the book covers

If your tags don’t have holes, you can glue them on with instant glue.

Knot the twine and trim with sharp nail scissors

And that’s it.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

In a few short minutes, you have stylish book covers that can be used to decorate your home.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

Don’t you just love their rustic, stylish simplicity?

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

And as a décor item, they’re so versatile too. I can plonk them down on a wooden footstool…

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

…or balance them up against a potted succulent.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

Either way, they’re gorgeous.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

How do you turn your reading passion into a stylish décor accessory?

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

If you like the idea of making your own stylish linen book covers, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

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Do you like making a stylish statement while indulging your reading obsession? Then you’re going to love these easy to make linen book covers with metal tags. Not only can you dress up your old or new books up in new attire, but you can customise the tutorial to suit your décor style. #DIYBookCovers #ACraftyMix #StylishBooks

Want to see what my fellow IBCers did with their bodacious book challenge?

  1. Birdz of a Feather did something so crazy and cool and upcycled a book into a bookshelf.
  2. Marie from Interior Frugalista took decopage to whole new level with her project.
  3. Unique Creations By Anita made a Steampunk book lamp that doubles up as a clock.
  4. And then there’s yours truly, who took the easy way out and made linen book covers 😀

IBC Bodacious Book Challenge January 2022

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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