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Topic: Antiqued Embroidered Books w/ mini tute!  (Read 3548 times)
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« on: August 26, 2011 01:49:39 PM »

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!


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
-Some tea
-Mod Podge
-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.

Soak it in some tea and let it dry...

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.


When it dries it should pretty much look like this.


Add a little more glue to the cover and cut a piece of decorative paper to cover up the ugly edges.


Distress it with a little more tea...


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.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011 02:03:28 PM »

Such a cute idea!!! I want to do this with all of my books! Unfortunately I own mostly soft cover books. Have you tried using cardboard to reinforce a soft cover book before covering with fabric? Or have you just gone ahead and covered a soft cover book anyway?

I think I might give it a whirl with a paperback and then report on my adventures. Hopefully I don't ruin a book Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2011 02:19:28 PM »

Wow, I love this!
I love reading, I love books, especially old ones, I love linen, I love embroidery and I love that aged look. So, what's not to love?
Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011 03:24:00 PM »

I really, really love this! I MUST MAKE ONE!!! Thank you for sharing, this project is beautiful.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2011 04:02:56 PM »

I love your castle embroidery! That would be perfect to decorate sketchbooks as well

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011 04:18:55 PM »

What a cool idea!  I always loved the look for old books!  Thanks for sharing!

« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2011 03:42:03 AM »

I love the castle embroidery! Did you make it up or did you find the pattern somewhere? It's gorgeous!
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Totally awesome, LOVE it!

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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013 12:42:40 PM »

I love these. What a great idea to dress up your boring looking books.

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