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.
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.
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.
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
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…….
…. and at least 3-4” longer or wider than the book when it’s open.
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 😀
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.
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.
Make sure to close the book so you can get a good sense of whether the cover fits snuggly.
Iron the edges flat.
Using a thick cotton thread zig-zag all the way around the fabric cover.
If your interfacing sticks out a little you can trim it away with nail scissors after sewing.
Adding the metal tags
To add the tags, place the linen book covers back on the book and mark where the tags should go.
Use a thick embroidery needle and twine to sew the tags onto the book spine.
If your tags don’t have holes, you can glue them on with instant glue.
And that’s it.
In a few short minutes, you have stylish book covers that can be used to decorate your home.
Don’t you just love their rustic, stylish simplicity?
And as a décor item, they’re so versatile too. I can plonk them down on a wooden footstool…
…or balance them up against a potted succulent.
Either way, they’re gorgeous.
How do you turn your reading passion into a stylish décor accessory?
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Sharing is caring
Want to see what my fellow IBCers did with their bodacious book challenge?
- Birdz of a Feather did something so crazy and cool and upcycled a book into a bookshelf.
- Marie from Interior Frugalista took decopage to whole new level with her project.
- Unique Creations By Anita made a Steampunk book lamp that doubles up as a clock.
- And then there’s yours truly, who took the easy way out and made linen book covers 😀
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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.