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Book Slings and Halloween!
October 6, 2010, 8:09 pm
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My friends Staci and Bethany told me about this idea, and my mind just started racing with ideas!

Here are a few of the things that inspired me…

  1. Jackson LOVES books.
  2. He loves putting things inside of something and taking them out over and over
  3. I was planning on buying a “facing out” book shelf so he could see the covers of the books
  4. I want Isabel and Jackson to share a room at some point in the future, so I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it decorated for him and her.
  5. I seem to always be making things for other people, but dont stop and take the time to make things for my own kiddos

So anyways, I dont know that I will be a whole tutorial on this, but I can give a general idea of how to make one if you are interested.  If you are really wanting to make one and need clearer instuctions then you can just comment below and I will give you better directions.

Tools needed for 2 book slings as shown above  –

  • 4 double curtain rods (~$5.00 each at Lowes)
  • 4 dowel rods ( size of the dowel rods depends on the size of your double curtain rods)  mine were about $5.00 for all 4 together.
  • fabric …I got 48″ dowel rods so I bought 50″ of red corduroy and 50″ of blue corduroy.  That way when I hemmed them they would still be close to the same size as the dowel rod.
  • a small peice of contrasting fabric to make your childs initial
  • sewing tools…sewing machine, scissors, thread
  • Drill or screw driver


I don’t really use exact measurements very often with my sewing.  All I knew was that I wanted my sons books to show part of the cover so he could see them.  So how did I decide how deep to make the pockets??? I held a few different sizes of books up to it and made sure that part of the cover was visible on all of them.  I came up with 7″ for a piece folder in half (14″ total)

fancy shmancy measurements

I do not have an embroidery machine so I just traced the letters J and I on a piece of interfacing and ironed it onto my accent fabric.  Then I cut the letter out leaving about a 1/4 ” extra fabric to turn under and stitch onto my sling.  Be sure to stitch your letter on before you sew the fabric together so the stitching wont show through on the opposite side of your sling.  Also make sure to put your letter in a good spot so that half of it doesn’t end up on the back side of your sling.

My I came out a bit better that my J

If your letters don't turn out perfect who cares...that's the beauty of handmade

After your letter is on place, your fabrics together wrong sides facing out and hem the top and bottom of the long sides of your fabric with about a half inch hem.

Once you have hemmed the top and bottom turn your sling right side out and tuck in about an inch of fabric on both ends.  Sew the ends together leaving an open space of about 2″ at the top and bottom to slide your dowel rods in.

Slide your dowel rods in and you have a sling.  All thats left to do is to mount them on your wall with your double curtain rod brackets.

Of course I had to put Brown Bear, Brown Bear in 🙂

Jackson could care less the entire time I was measuring, drilling, and assembling his new toy, but as soon as he saw me put a book in he ran over and could not stop playing with it.

My friend Chrisy helped me come up with the idea to all a book shelf on top so that I can keep all the books together and rotate new ones in and out every couple of weeks.

I promise this was not staged

The phone on top was a garage sale find I got as a third grader in Snyder, TX

Having books face outwards helps kids that can't read the titles on the spine recognize their favorites

They are easy for him to use

Jackson was having a ball

There are alot of variations you could do on this project…with or without the letter on the front, all 1 pattern fabric rather than 2, make it shorter or longer, etc.   This is just an idea to get your started 🙂

Oh also I was thinking of other things you could use it for.  You could make some short ones and put them in the bathroom for magazines,  cross word puzzles, or whatever you keep in your bathroom.  Put one up on a kitchen wall for cookbooks.  College students could put one on the wall above your desk to keep your notebooks, and text books in.  The possibilities are endless.

In other news I have been dabbling in a little crotcheting to try and come up with a Halloween costume for Isabel…What do you think?

I'm not sure what it is suppose to be so dont ask...but if you have ideas feel free to comment

Michael says the ears look a bit Shrek like



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