Loving books AND decor can be a bit of a conundrum. Perfectly lovely coffee table books may look great but do you actually read them? Ever? Your most beloved books are probably tattered by constant parsing. Ours had long since lost their dust covers and were looking worse for wear… To keep our favorite books on display without compromising on our living decor, I wanted to try and have them covered with fabric to turn our must-read collection into bonafide coffee table books!
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To make these Fabric Covered Books, you’ll need…
- Old books
- Assorted fabric
- Glue gun
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Step 1: Glue the long edge
To start, place your book on the fabric. Draw around the book and cut the fabric, leaving 1″ (2.5cm) allowance.
Before you start covering it, raise one side of the book and hold it up by placing weights on each side – small cans of paint will do.
To glue the long edge of the cover, fold the fabric allowance in half and apply a line of hold glue.
Fold the fabric over the cover and press while the glue cools down. Continue folding and gluing along the rest of the edge.
Step 2: Glue the top and bottom edges
For the shorter top and bottom edges of the book cover, start by cutting the extra fabric of the fold you created for the long edge.
Next, fold the corner over and apply a small dot of glue to hold it in place, like in the picture above.
On the other side, close to the page binding, cut through the fabric, and fold over with hot glue. Continue folding the fabric over the book cover until you reach the corner.
Repeat these steps on the other book cover.
Step 3: Trim and fold the spine
You’ll notice a tab of fabric poking out at the book spine. Cut it short, leaving only 2 or 3mm. Apply a line of glue along the binding (try to avoid putting glue on the actual pages – this will make it difficult to open the book!). With a bamboo skewer or another sharp object, press the fabric into the glue. And voila!