Waverize It… fabric lined bookcase

waverize it

since moving into our house i have been trying to find ways to incorporate our old decor with the dated decor currently in the house.  we have decided to slowly pug away at the house room by room.  not breaking the bank, and not breaking our backs. this is our forever house, so we have time.

at the top of the stairs i placed a bookcase, it used to be in my bedroom at our small house. The little kids share most of their books and i did not want to have them fighting over them now that they are in their own rooms. placing the bookcase in a central location was my solution.

to make the bookcase seem like it was meant to go there all along i needed to accessorize it. I hung an old window just above the shelf. i liked it there because the glass doesn’t take up a lot of space but its still decorative. it seemed to still be missing something.

Did you know it’s National Sewing Month and it’s Waverly’s 90th anniversary, and to celebrate, there is a contest going on!

Joann Fabric Stores sent me two yards of  Waverly fabric, and my challenge was to Waverize It by thinking outside of the box, to transform something in my life through sewing using the provided Waverly fabric. Let me tell you about the contest before i share the details of my projects!

the contest is open to all consumers.  The grand prize for the Facebook contest is $1000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 Jo-Ann gift card! Start dreaming how you can Waverize something in your life.
Click here to enter the Waverize It! Facebook Contest 


i loved the bold patterned fabric Joann’s sent me. it’s a large scale print mixed with girly roses. i chose to cover the backing on my shelf with the fabric to allow enough of the pattern to be seen without being overwhelming.
this project could be done without sewing but to make sure the fabric did not unravel due to the heavy use, i hemmed the edges.

waverize it

Steps to complete fabric lined bookcase:

  1. remove cardboard backing
  2. cut a piece of ironed fabric slightly larger than your backing
  3. hem edges to protect fabric (optional)
  4. hot glue one side  of the fabric onto the cardboard baking
  5. on the opposite side pull taught and hot glue
  6. repeat with remaining 2 sides
  7. nail the backing back on the shelf

the project only took about 40 minutes from start to clean up.

the paint chip banner is from our gallery wall window, it did not match in its current home. i also added an embroidery hoop with a piece of fabric to the top of the shelf. paired with thrifted the glass vases.

i think it came together nicely. I am trying to find other places to incorporate this fabric without over doing it. The before and after is stunning to me. I love how simple the project was and how little i needed to do to create such an eye catching area!

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  1. Such a pretty fabric! Nice job!
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  2. I like the way this turned out! I have a couple of bookshelfs that could really use a little dressing up. Thanks for the idea!
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  3. This is such a cute way to liven up your bookcase. I love the pattern you chose and the way you hemmed the edges so it wont unravel. Great idea!!
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  4. The perfect new pop of color and style!! And it looks so good in the embroidery hoop, too!
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  5. I love how it turned out and the pop of color it adds! I’m going to have to try this with some of our bookshelves. Thanks for the great idea! 🙂
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  6. Great way to update a bookcase. I have been meaning to do something similar to my china cabinet to make my dishes pop but it’s still on my to do list with 500 other to do things. 😉
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  7. LOVE the pattern!!

  8. Very cool!! Looks great!! I love Joann’s!! You did a great job with what they sent you!!
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