Beaux R'eves

Friday, March 30, 2012

Covering Books with Drop Cloth Fabric and Giveaway Winner

Yesterday I shared my Before and After
 of my Living Room Bookcases 
and gave you some tips on styling your bookcase. 
 You can see that post HERE.  
I wanted to show you a short tutorial on covering the books.  A few people asked me about how I covered them and to be honest, I tried a few methods and ended up with my own.
  I figured I would share my experience with you and if it makes your life easier then that makes my day!
Actually, a lot of thought went into the covering of the books.  I thought maybe white paper would be a good look
 but I didn't have any and it was raining outside.
  I'm kinda lazy and impatient and want immediate results...  Oh and did I mention CHEAP! 
 I remembered seeing beautiful fabric covered books
 at Nell Hills.
Sigh, see the exquisite Tartan covered books? 
 I would LOVE to do that but I'm too cheap.  
So I looked to see what fabric I might have on hand and happened to be in the middle of slip-covering my chair.  
See Here.
  I had a TON of dropcloth and I liked the color. 
The easiest way to measure around the book is to use
 the Book Jacket, if it has one. 
 Just spread it ALL the way out 
and cut one inch around the top and bottom 
and to the ends of the book jacket.

Fold the top and bottom under the one inch and place the book on top to check your measurements.  Fold the sides over to create a pocket that you will slip the book into.  Again, check your measurements by putting the book on top and folding around to see if it is big enough. 
 You should make it a scosh too small 
because the fabric stretches. 
Glue under the pocket with a hot glue gun.
  Just a dab will do it.  
Make sure it is UNDER the pocket
 so you can still slip the book inside. 
 And that's it. 
 Slip your book inside and you are good to go!
I like the way they look loose and wrinkled.  It gives it some texture and makes it look less formal.  

Side note and funny family story:  Yesterday when I posted my bookcase styling tutorial my Sister posted on my Facebook wall asking me where I "got the idea to wrap up books".  I had to laugh because I knew that she was referring to when my little sister used to wrap up old Readers Digest books and give them proudly to us as gifts!  We all had a good laugh when everyone in my family weighed in on Facebook! 
Love you guys!
I hope this helps you.  Ask me if you still have questions!

The winner of the MyMemories giveaway is
Congrats! I will email you to give you the download info! 

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy
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Anonymous said...

Pretty idea!

Cristina Garay said...

Love it! I really want to do this to some of my books! Thanks Cindy!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Great tutotial and really cute about your sister.

Gotta love a humorous family, makes life so much fun.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Cindy,

I really like this idea. I have the same keys to dress it up:)


Debbie said...

I would definitely copy this.

Special 'K' said...

You are a special blogger friend. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Jacqueline said...

What a fun project. I would love some with French script on them. I love the wrinkled effect too. Thanks for sharing this fun and easy project! Have a great weekend.

Rooms by Ann said...

Hi, Cindy Nice Job on the book covers. I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Thanks Cindy, I remember making book covers when I was in elementary just to preserve the covers but I really like yours on the shelves, no distractions from odd colors.

Sonia said...

What a nice way to decorate book covers!! Love the idea and how you have arranged your shelves. I really love the fireplace and bookcase design. May have to borrow this if I build another home! Thanks for your sweet visit!
Miss Bloomers

Unknown said...

I love your home and your book covers! You are just wonderful! THANKS FOR SHARING jOANN

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the idea of them all the same fabric, I'm going to try this! Visting from the Newbie party!

Amy Fountain said...

I'm really digging this idea.. and the cover you used is so perfect for the job, made everything looked serene.

Kirstin Joy @ Burlap and Buttons said...

Stopping by from the Newbie Party :) I've always wanted to try this with paper but I LOVE it with the fabric. So cute! Happy to be following along!

Maria Elena said...

This is a beautiful idea! I love drop cloth!

Kelly said...

Well this is a first. I've never seen this done before, but really love the idea! I'm not that crafty, but using a glue gun I can be. Your books look great and you made it look so easy. I may have to give that a try. Thanks for the tutorial too.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

And this is genius! Seriously. I love working with drop cloth ...



Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Thanks so much for the Giveaway Cindy! I'm so excited! Love your fireplace and covered books. I have really nice books but the binding is so colorful on some of them that I usually had them in a box under the bed. This is such a great idea and can't wait to put it in practice. : ) Thanks for sharing.

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