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Fabric Covered Books for Home Decor

These fabric covered books make the perfect home decor pieces – and they are so cheap to make. Use old books, your fave fabric and Mod Podge to make.

Mod Podge Fabric Covered Books

Are you wondering how to cover a book with fabric? And are you wondering why you might want to do that in the first place? Well, sometimes you need an interesting touch to your home decor.

And the library – some people don’t know this – has broken books that are ready for the landfill. Instead of letting them go into the garbage, turn them into fabric covered books and add them to your decorating!

Hi everyone! I’m Erin Bassett and I’m going to share with you a quick project that will really spiff up your home: fabric covered books. I love to use books around my home as part of the decor covered in fabric, and I’m going to show you how to do it too.

How to Cover a Book

It’s a great way to add visual interest and sometimes give a favorite item a boost in its height. My only problem is that the book covers don’t aways “go” with my decor . . . so here’s a great way to change that.


Just grab some books, Paper Mod Podge, fabric, scissors, brayer, and an old hotel room key (or even a piece of cardboard will do), and some paper towels to clean up any excess.

Step 1

For projects like this I like to put some Mod Podge into a squeezable container so that it’s easier to control and I’m less likely to dump out too much.

You can see that I’m not really a “clean” crafter and I already made a mess just transferring it. But I’m sure you’ll be much neater about it. 😉

Step 2

Start off by squirting out some Mod Podge all over one side of your book. Next use the hotel key to spread it all over. Make sure that you cover it completely, especially the grove near the spine.

Step 4

Then apply the fabric, smoothing it out with your hands and the brayer. If you happen to see that it’s not sticking well somewhere, you can add a bit more Mod Podge under the fabric and smooth it down again. When you’re done with one side, flip it over and do the spine and the other side.

Step 5

Next, open the book up. Cut small slits near the spine and trim down the spine piece.

Step 6

Then you’re ready to adhere the “flaps” down to the inside covers. Since I am using these as decor, I’m not too worried about what it’s going to look like on the inside. I glued the flaps down with Mod Podge.

If the look below is going to bother you, I have a solution. Cover up the inside cover with another piece of fabric after you glue down the flaps.

Step 7

For the corners, I just folded them like I was gift wrapping a box and made sure that they had plenty of Mod Podge in the layers of the fabric.

Book Cover Detail

After the edges are adhered, apply some Mod Podge to the spine piece and tuck it down in the spine. You may have to use tweezers or some sort of tool to get it down there if it’s tight. And that’s it!!

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These fabric covered books are really quick to make and they don’t take too much time to dry either. Go grab those damaged books you have just laying around and get them covered!!

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Don’t these fabric covered books look great?

Erin Bassett

Erin Bassett writes a blog under her name, and considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion “work.” She has been published in many books and magazines including Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World.

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Thursday 29th of August 2013

Omg this is great, i will do this for my recipe notebook :D

the blog is amazing :)


Monday 13th of May 2013

Question, what type of fabric is best for this project? Will the glue bleed through?


Monday 13th of May 2013

Hi Lindsey! Cotton works best - the glue will bleed through a little bit. But if you apply it evenly, you won't be able to tell. :D


Tuesday 13th of November 2012

great, could not find a nice note book to put in my hand bag, now I can just make one.


Sunday 8th of July 2012

LOVE this idea! =)


Thursday 21st of June 2012

love it and the fabric combo too! thanks for sharing on craft Schooling Sunday! Did you see my butterfly kite from this week, it uses modpodge so maybe you'd like to share it on your site? xoxoxo

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