If At First You Don’t Succeed … Do Something Else!

So… I made fabric covered books over the weekend.

Ticking fabric and drop cloth canvas look beautiful as fabric covered books - KnickofTime.net

I didn’t intend to make fabric covered books.  I was trying to make a  ticking pillowcase.

  See why I don’t like to sew?

A lot of my projects start out as one thing, and end up something else, all because the first project was a failure.

I know… how could I mess up a pillowcase?

My mom informed me that it’s one of the easiest sewing projects in the world.

Thanks mom.

Truth be told, I actually messed up two of them.

So, let’s just change the subject, shall we? 🙂

To console myself and not waste the ticking, I cut up the messed up pillowcases and decided it would look almost as pretty if I put it on old books.

Plus… I wouldn’t need to touch my sewing machine to make them.

We weren’t on speaking terms with each other.

Old books and I are good friends and no matter what I make with them, they always cooperate. 🙂

Turn old books into beautiful decor with fabric and a few supplies - KnickofTime.net

I worked on them at night, so I didn’t take a single photo to show you how I did it, but they were easy.

Much easier than pillowcases, and I loved how they turned out.

No, I couldn’t snuggle up in bed with the books, but at least I could have sweet dreams about them, and they helped me not feel like a complete failure

So, the next time I don’t succeed with project, I won’t beat myself up over it…

I’ll just pull out more old books! 🙂

Farmhouse home decor with DIY fabric covered repurposed books - KnickofTime.net

If you’d like a great tutorial to make fabric covered books, you’ll find one here.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and hope next week gets off to a great start too!

To see some of my past repurposed book projects, click here.

Vaya con Dios,

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  1. Oh but Pillowcases are easy….and covering books….I remember having a hard time when I had to do that in school…..
    Oh, well, they do look wonderful!
    Have a great day.

  2. Haha! I can SO relate to how you feel about sewing. I can’t sew to save my life! Don’t beat yourself up. You have so many other talents, and all your other projects turn out amazing, including these book covers. I love them. I’m afraid to even touch fabric, but I might attempt these book covers.
    Have a good day! ?

  3. Oh Angie I am never on speaking terms with my sewing machine! lol My hubby has used it more times than I have and much more successfully too. I love the book covers. Thank you for always keeping it real and being a bright light in our world! Have a wonderful day.

  4. Lol, I think we’ve all had projects like that Angie! At least you’re not a quitter and you made something else beautiful from your failed project!


  5. Pillows with blue and white pillow ticking. Wish I could find that material around here. But you did a great job and looks so cute.

  6. Jann Olson says

    Well, they just TICKled me to death Angie. Love them!

  7. I can’t sew either!! I actually sold my sewing machine in a garage sale because we didn’t get along at all, lol!! Love the book covers, nice save 🙂

  8. You have the best attitude, Angie! I love that you don’t let a project that doesn’t work out get you down. If that pillow mistake would have happened to me, I would have rolled up the fabric, shoved it in a box and then pouted the rest of the afternoon. 🙂

  9. Oh I wonder how close we really live to each other. Maybe we could work a deal – I will come help you with your sewing machine relationship and you help me become more brave around power tools. 🙂

    You have great ideas, the first ones or the plan B ones. Have a wonderful Thursday!

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