Is your bookshelf looking a bit drab these days? Shiny pink printed book jackets just not giving your library the… ambiance you’re after? Well, it might be true that they don’t make them like they used to, but that doesn’t mean YOU can’t….
A little embroidery on linen, a little tea, and you can make it look light your bookshelf is filled with antique and worldly classics instead of say, Twilight. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
So, here's a quick little tutorial on how to dress em up!http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_02.jpg
To make your antique embroidered book, you’ll need:
A hardcover book (decide now if it’s just for decoration, or if you want to be able to read it after we’re done)
-Vintage looking fabric (I love linens)
-A container for hot water
-Brush and/or sponge applicator
Whip up a little fairytale embroidery suitable to antique covers, and cut your fabric to size, leaving at least two inches all the way around.http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_08.jpg
Soak it in some tea and let it dry...http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_11.jpg
Lay out your book and cut up some flaps for the spine. Fold and glue these in, since they won't be wrapping inside the cover like the rest of the fabric.
[img width=300 height=212]http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_14.jpg
And grab your mod podge! Cover the book first, then lay on your fabric. Give the cover a good coating, smoothing it with your fingers (I know, it gets messy) out towards the edges. When you get to the edges, tightly wrap the fabric around the cover and give it more coatings of glue. Just mod podge the heck out of it. http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_15.jpg
When it dries it should pretty much look like this.http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_20.jpg
Add a little more glue to the cover and cut a piece of decorative paper to cover up the ugly edges.http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_17.jpg
Distress it with a little more tea...http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_23.jpg
And you have yourself a brand spankin new yet totally old looking cover of awesome.
Ta da! Your bookshelf is going to look so swank...
you know, in a worldly way.