reading corners for kids: how to make fabric bookslings

July 28, 2010


I'm happy with how my book corner for Lucia's nursery is coming out. The booksling turned out really great--it was easy to make following this tutorial on Penny Carnival

I finally finished the pillow covers I've been working on (covered up some old pillows I had in closet) and have them piled on the floor. Hopefully, Juliet and Lucia have fun lounging around on them and reading some books together. 

If you're wondering about the fabric it's Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Orange

Here's a close-up. 


I also made a booksling for Juliet. This one is right next to her bed, since that's where we do most of our reading together these days. I thought it would also be good to have some nearby for when she wakes up in the morning (before I do)! (Do you recognize the creature pillow? We finally finished it!)

As you can see, she is currently without a bedspread, so you will just have to feast your eyes on the unmade bed and wrinkled sheets. (Can you tell which room a child is actually living in?) 


I used the same fabric for Juliet, but chose the yellow option this time. (Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Yellow)

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I already mentioned where I found the tutorial for these slings, but I thought I'd also share where I first saw this idea: Finn's bookslings @ Sew Liberated--I've been drooling over these ever since I first saw how Meg's turned out!

My friend Michelle made a beautiful one for her daughters and even used two different fabrics! I love how she has the letter e on the front. 

If you're looking for another DIY book nook project, take a look at this rain gutter bookshelf tutorial! I love the look of this as well!

Have you made bookslings or rain gutter bookshelves? What are your must-haves for a good book nook? 

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31 comments:

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Love it! They turned out great. Still haven't gotten A into a toddler bed. But as soon as she's settled, this project is top of my list!

Annette W. said...

Love it...and esp by the bed. M sleeps with only her headboard on the wall, but maybe I could actually do it for E when it's time. (He isn't two yet.)

M sleeps with only a sheet in the summer too.

Leigh said...

I'm putting the boys into the same room - in bunk beds! I'm going to make one of these for each of them with pockets on the front, for all their goodies!

Fuzzy Slippers said...

This is a great idea! They look great and so uber useful. I'm off to check out the tutorial! :)

Jenny said...

I like that! My daughter needs that by her bed. Right now her books are in a plastic tub in her bed and it's leaving marks all over the walls.

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

What??? When did you have time for this? It's so wonderful! This is defiantly going in my top 3 crafts projects I need to make.

aslanslibrary said...

I love the idea of fabric bookslings and rain gutter bookshelves, but our house has plaster walls that crumble when you drill holes in them. Thankfully, I found a forward-facing display bookshelf that works perfectly for us. To go with it, I'm planning to re-cover a few old couch cushions to use as floor pillows!

Bitterroot Mama said...

Beautiful ideas! I love your tastes in decorating. Very simple, fresh, clean lines.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Oh this is so cool! I'm redoing my daughter's room right now and this would be perfect for right next to her bed. I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Thanks for linking up!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I forgot to say grab my "featured" button!

MommyTeacher123 said...

Love it-need it-gotta have it.

Jennifer said...

The bookslings are wonderful! I don't have a sewing machine, but I'd love to figure out a way to make these for my three children. You always have the best ideas!

Megan said...

They came out great, Vanessa! I'm always so flattered when I see someone following my tutorial. Do you mind if I add a couple of your photos to my tutorial (with a link back to you, of course)?
Happy reading!

The Activity Mom said...

love it!!!!!

anne maskell said...

I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

How cute, our book nook has a bean bag and a tiny light, my girls love it! Visiting from 733

Randi said...

That's so cute ... I love the one next to the bed. Making a sling is on my project list.

Minnie said...

i adore your little book corner, everything from the book-inspired art hanging above it to the mirror on the wall. so simple, yet all the necessary ingredients for enjoying a book.

Sassy Sites! said...

OK!!! That is super cute!! I love this idea for a playroom or bedroom!! Cute blog!! I'm your newest follower. ;)

...visiting from Sassy Sites!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Thanks for all the compliments--I can't stress enough how easy this was to do! (the sewing part, that is--I can't speak to the hardware installation as I made my husband do it!) :)

Kim said...

How cool!

janimal said...

Oh my they are terrific! I have been considering bookshelves for my daughter's play area but now I see these I think I like fabric book storage better. Thanks for sharing - just lovely!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

So cute!

Kristina + Justin said...

What a great idea!

Alida L. said...

I love this idea! Yours turned out lovely, thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

How handy is this?! I'm trying this someday when I have the time. It's so much better than my daughter's over-crowded bookshelf!

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Those are so nice!

I want one!

:)
Sarah

Margie said...

I love this idea!!

Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

LOVE the fabric, and the idea! I would love to do this in my son's room.

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

gave you an award at my blog

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Leigh said...

I am sewing these TODAY! They will be under the tree for the boys on Saturday... I'm putting pockets on them - I'll send you a pic when they're up!

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