Thursday, December 02, 2010

No Sew Book Sling

I am not good at sewing. I don't own a sewing machine. I MAY own a needle and thread, but I'm not sure. So when I saw the book sling tutorial over on the penny carnival site I almost had a stroke. I wanted to make one RIGHT NOW! I quickly figured out how to use her pattern and instead of sewing it, use an iron on hem tape to secure the binding. I think it turned out pretty darn good. I'm not going to go through all the steps, you'll have to visit the penny carnival blog to get those. I'll just share how I adapted her steps for my non-sewing ability.

When you go to the store to get your fabric pick up a roll on iron on hem tape.
Instead of stitching your fabric closed, iron on the tape around the outside of the fabric.
Here you can see where I ironed it onto a small section of the fabric and then flipped it inside out and folded it under and ironed the rest of the tape.

Here is where I ironed on the tape to create your loops to slip your dowels through. I measured to make sure my lines of hem tape were even.

And here are the finished book slings hanging in our office. We have been wanting to do something in this corner forever. I knew this was the perfect project as soon as I saw it. To hang the slings on the wall I used a double curtain rod holder similar to these.


April said...

Love these!!!! I saw them on another blog but thought gosh I'd have a mess if I tried to sew! Thank you so much for sharing the No-Sew idea.

The Steadfast Family said...

I ran into the same problem with not having a sewing machine, so I love this idea!