September 2, 2011

Lean on Me

I found a fun and quick project to make bookends in this issue of Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine. The only materials needed for this project is fun fabric and decorative sand, which I found in the silk flowers aisle at Joanne Fabrics.

First, I cut inexpensive muslin 9 inches by 11 inches for the interior bag that holds the sand. I folded the 11 inch width in half and sewed the side and bottom. I repeated those steps with the decorative fabric I chose. Make sure you put the right sides together when sewing the two sides for the finished bag. I then poured the sand in the interior muslin bag, folded the unfinished edge, and stitched it closed (this doesn't need to be perfect since it's unseen). I turned the finished bag right side out and put the sand-filled muslin bag inside. I folded the unfinished edges to the inside and top stitched along the edge to finish my bookend! SO SIMPLE and CUTE!

I love that you can make different patterns and colors depending on your decor or books you want to display!

The magazine suggested using a plastic bag to hold the sand inside and also instructed to top stitch around all edges of the bag to finish it. I tweaked the process a little and found it was pretty quick and painless! I hope this gives you some inspiration!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. These are very cute. I just love vintage books. I just found one on rug hooking from the 20s! I'm also reading The Yearling in a vintage school copy, only it makes me sneeze while reading, because it's so musty!

  2. This is such a neat idea. It softens the lines of all those great books. But my very favorite thing is that bookshelf! It's gorgeous!

  3. What a wonderful idea! I love the fabric you used and your gorgeous bookshelf. I also love that little birdie. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Thank you for the comments! You wouldn't believe I found that shelf at a garage sale for $15! I have been on the fence about painting it...Although, after seeing these pics I think I like the wood. Also, the bird is from France!

    Courtney-I bet that rug hooking book is so interesting!

  5. These are so cute! Found you on somewhat simple!