Fun Flannel Covered Fall Book Decor Project

September 08, 2021


Photo of three stacked hard cover books.
My project today started out with three very similarly sized thrift shop books.

I gave them a fun fall makeover WITHOUT PAINT OR STENCILS! Take a look below.

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 I have also included more flannel projects from the whole Thrifty Decor Team in this post!

The Thrifty Decor Team members are celebrating, our friend and fellow team member, Sarah Ramberg's (aka Sadie Seasongoods) new book "Crafting With Flannel"!

Photo of three folded squares of plaid flannel fabric.
I was able to find two plaid fabrics at Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics that were less than $6 a yard, and one was less than $4.

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I chose to cover my three books with plaid flannel.  This project is included in Sarah's book, along with 54 other flannel project tutorials.

First, I cut out a rectangle of flannel fabric about 2" wider and longer than my book.  I ironed the fabric to remove the fold wrinkles.

  Next, I used a sponge brush with Mod Podge to cover the spine of the book.  I placed the spine down in the center of the fabric.

Then, I flipped the book on one side and brushed more decoupage paste on book's top to attach the flannel. I pressed the fabric into all the book's grooves for a great fit!

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I then attached the flannel to the bottom side of the book.

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I applied a line of Mod Podge along the inside cover edge to attach my 2" flannel overhang to the book cover.

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I cut a strip of flannel off my bottom overhang.

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
Then I snipped the ends of the overhang at a 45 degree angle, and applied more Mod Podge. (I cut the corner of flannel fabric to one thickness by cutting off the top fabric.)

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I was very careful to tuck any fabric ends or strings under the fold to get a very smooth and neat book corner.

Photo of covering a hardcover book with plaid flannel.
I repeated this procedure on the other three ends.  Then I was left with this little tab of fabric on the ends of the spine.

I cut it off much shorter, and pushed glue into the little gap between the book spine and book pages. I used a wooden shish kebob skewer to apply glue, and then pushed the fabric into that area with a skewer as well.  Here again, I added a bit of glue here and there, to make sure any loose strings or ends of fabric was folded under and underneath for a smooth edge.

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
One book done and two to go!  

The other two actually went much easier after I knew the ropes!

Photo of a pickmonkey book label idea.
I actually thought that I was going to stencil the spines with fall words, but alas, my stencil was too big for the spine.

In plan B, I decided to computer print labels on muslin fabric, and then iron them onto the book spines.  I used Picmonkey to set up my fall words in a suitable font, and to make sure they were uniformly sized and spaced too.  

Photo of HeatnBond being ironed onto muslin.
I ironed a 4" x 6" piece of HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive  onto my muslin fabric.  I traced around 4" x 6" photo, and cut out the rectangle.

Photo of muslin labels with fall words.
I put the muslin/Heat and Bond 4" x 6" piece, into the photo slot on my inkjet printer. The muslin side was placed down, just like the shiny side of photo paper for my printer.

I printed it, and it worked! However, the first muslin piece printed had some stray ink rubs here and there.  The second try came out really clean.

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
I cut out the labels on the lines, removed the HeatnBond paper backing, and ironed the labels onto the spines of my books.  I used a scrap of parchment paper over the label just in case the inkjet ink would smear with the iron.

  I made sure the labels were in a straight line when the books were stacked.

Photo of holiday miniature stencils.
I pulled out this miniature holiday stencil pack from Hobby Lobby to add a leaf to a paper tag with Fusion Mineral Paint Ash. Oh well, the books didn't have any stenciling so I wasn't wrong.

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
Lastly, I tied the books together with a piece of jute twine and added my brown paper leaf tag.

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
Here is a link to Sadie Seasongoods's flannel book tutorial for more info on flannel book covers.

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
The plaids are so colorful!

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.
I'm very happy with my fall book project!

Photo of books covered with plaid flannel fabric.

Now it's time for more flannel projects with the Thrifty Decor Team!
Photo collage of flannel craft projects.
Follow the links to more fabulous flannel projects:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Easy DIY Fall Flannel Pumpkins

House of Hawthornes Rag Wreath DIY

Reinvented Delaware Cheap Wreath for Fall

Our Southern Home No Sew Flannel Pumpkins

Domestically Speaking Plaid Pumpkin and Acorn

My Repurposed Life DIY Flannel Scraps | Easy Projects

Petticoat Junktion Flannel Wrapped Wreath

Sadie Seasongoods Blue Fall Decor With a Pumpkin Throw Pillow

Shop at Blue Flannel Embellished Hand Towels

Photo of flannel covered books.
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  1. Carlene, the books look amazing!! I am inspired to try this myself with some grainsack I have on hand! Pinned!

  2. These are just the cutest and I love how you embellished them!! The perfect fall decor project.

  3. I love how the books turned out!!! Love the fabric choices too.

  4. These are so cute! What a fabulous way to add color and pattern to a fall vignette!

  5. Carlene,
    LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

  6. Beautiful and so cozy, Carlene! Nicely done! They look SO PRO!


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