We do love a perfectly styled bookshelf here at Mollie HQ – colour-arranged displays and plenty of knick-knacks are our kind of eye candy. These DIY bookends are a great rainy afternoon project, ideal for using up a fat quarter pack or some of your beloved leftover scraps. Leah Farquharson will show you how to make these super simple bookends that you can make for yourself or give to a book-loving friend!
Use the same type of fabric in different colours or prints for a smooth finish. If you’re mixing different prints, choose ones in the same palette for a coherent look. All seams are stitched using an 0.5cm (¼”) allowance.
If you’re new to sewing then make sure you head to our beginners guide to sewing and our how to use a sewing machine guide, which will teach you all the basics you need to know. Now on with the DIY bookends!
For your DIY bookends you will need:
You Will Need
- fat quarters
- Poly pellets
- Sewing machine
Making the pyramid DIY bookend
Stitch two side pieces right sides (RS) together, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge.
Add two more pyramid side pieces in the same manner, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge.
Stitch the first pyramid side piece to the last pyramid side piece, RS together, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge.
Open the pyramid and pin to the square bottom piece, RS together. Stitch each side individually, leaving 5cm (2″) open on one side.
Trim the excess fabric on all five corners. Turn RS out. Press the edges of the opening under.
Stuff the top third of the pyramid. Fill the rest with the poly pellets to add weight.
Stitch the opening closed with the needle and coordinating thread, using a whip stitch. DIY bookend number one complete! Set the complete pyramid bookend to one side.
Making the tower DIY bookend
Stitch two side pieces RS together, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge. Add three more side pieces in the same manner, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge.
Stitch the first tower side piece to the last tower side piece, RS together, starting and ending 0.5cm (1⁄4″) from the edge.
We hope you enjoyed sewing Leah’s DIY bookends! Now you’ve caught the sewing bug head over to our sewing patterns for beginners which has loads of different fashion and home projects for new sewers. There’s everything from summer dress patterns to a free owl sewing pattern.
Meet the Maker
Leah lives in the greater Miami area with her husband and their two boys. She owns Bluebird Chic, selling bright, modern, handmade goods she stitches up in her studio space. Visit www.bluebirdchic.com to see her shop and blog, where she shares crafty projects, recipes, and any other mischief she’s been up to.