Decorative Books for Koselig / Hyggelig with Flannel Fabric

Decorative Books for Koselig / Hyggelig with Flannel Fabric

I think it’s high time I create another flannel project, don’t you? The weather is finally feeling like Fall and I am craving all the cozy plaid…and today’s project also has a special twist. All of my project materials came from thrift stores that benefit an animal-based charity! And to get in a Koselig / Hyggelig frame of mind, I decided to create some decorative books using thrift store books and flannel fabric from old flannel shirts!

To get this animal-charity-thrift-shop party started, I headed up to Asheville, North Carolina to hit a couple of my favorite stores. First, I went to Animal Haven of Asheville and purchased a few hardcover books. I specifically looked for books that were (for whatever reason) missing their dust jackets in order to be less wasteful.

Cheap used books at thrift store for upcycling into fabric covered books with flannel fabric for koselig

Then, I went to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s thrift shop where I found a flannel shirt or two. I, admittedly, already had some shirts in my stash but definitely needed more for my upcycling idea for decorative books.

Mens flannel shirts at thrift store for upcycling into fabric covered books for cloth book covers

And with that, I had what I needed to make some decorative books, which I just think will be wonderful for some cabin-style autumn (and winter) decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Flannel fabric from flannel shirts for upcycling idea for koselig or hyggelig and fabric covered books

Upcycling Cheap Used Books and Flannel Shirts into Cozy Home Decor

To create some flannel covered books, I opened up one freshly-laundered shirt and “walked” a book along the back to determine how much fabric I would need. By “walking”, I mean I rolled it from cover to spine to other cover.

First, I laid the book near the hem of the shirt…

How to use cheap used books from the thrift store and flannel fabric to create the decorative books for Koselig

Then, I carefully rolled the book (cover – spine – cover) up the shirt to “measure” the flannel fabric I’d need.

Cloth book covers for cheap used books with cotton flannel or flannel fabric from mens flannel shirts

Next, I cut out the rectangle, giving myself a 1.5”-2” margin of error all the way around the book. I didn’t need to be precise; I just wanted to make sure I had plenty of flannel fabric for the project.

Using decoupage medium or Mod Podge to make fabric covered books with cheap used books and flannel fabric

After ironing my flannel rectangle, I then brushed on a healthy coat of decoupage medium to one cover of my book. I laid it back on the fabric (glue side down), then did the same to the spine, and then to the other cover.

Brushing decoupage medium on thrift store books to cover them with flannel fabric or cotton fabric for hyggelig

Doing each of the three exterior surfaces (cover – spine – cover) separately allowed me to press the fabric into the ridges, which gives the books nice definition (in my opinion).

Flannel fabric from mens flannel shirts to cover the cheap used books from the thrift store for Koselig or Hyggelig

Making Decorative Books / Fabric Covered Books from Men’s Flannel Shirts

Next, I brushed some Decou-page on the inside of each cover and smoothed the fabric over it.

Flannel fabric being wrapped around edges of thrift store books for decorative books

After that, I cut angles on each top and bottom cover “flap”, brushed Decou-page on the inside cover, and smoothed the flannel flaps down.

Cutting off excess fabric from fabric covered books using mens flannel shirts for Hyggelig and Cozy home decor by

Now I was left with a “tongue” of fabric at both ends of the spine.

Tucking in fabric flap at book spine for making fabric covered books or decorative books with flannel fabric

First, I trimmed off any excess (leaving just ½” – ¼” of fabric flap), and brushed a wee amount of Decou-Page onto the flannel fabric. Then, I used a toothpick to tuck the fabric between the cover spine and the bound pages. If you open the book a bit, you’ll see the opening in which to tuck!

Cheap used books or thrift store books covered in flannel fabric from mens flannel shirts for Koselig or Hyggelig

And that was it – the first fabric covered book of my decorative books was done!

Decorative Books for Koselig or Hyggelig (Cozy Home Decor)

As you can see, I made several of these decorative books – each one using different flannel fabric. Remember what I said earlier about already having several flannel shirts in my stash?

Decorative books for Koselig and Cozy home decor with cheap used books and flannel fabric

I love how they turned out – and are the perfect cozy home decor to add during the colder months.

Fabric Covered books for Koselig or Hyggelig or decorative books with flannel fabric for cozy home decor

Settling down by the fire with blankets and hot tea is the quintessential definition of Koselig or Hyggelig. And these decorative books that are covered in flannel fabric are just icing on a cozy cake, right?

Decorative books for Hyggelig or Koselig with cheap used books and flannel fabric from mens flannel shirts

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for decorative books with flannel fabric, then you may also be interested in this collection of repurposed projects for men’s flannel shirts, as well!

Upcycled and repurposed flannel shirt project ideas for autumn and fall decor, accessories, holidays, and more as compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Plus, flannel isn’t the only thing I’ve used to make cozy home decor for Autumn / Fall, either. You can see my entire collection of upcycling ideas for Fall here for even more inspiration before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Those are so nice! I love that idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is so cute! I love this idea of using old shirts. I have totally done this in the past with thrifting a shirt just for the fabric! ha Thanks so much for the idea. saw your post at the vintage charm party. pinned:)

  3. Linda Nelson says

    Fab flannel covered books! Pretty(new) profile picture, too!

  4. creationsbycindynefcomnet says

    TOO CUTE! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Super cute, and my daughter might like this for her high school text books (minus the craft glue). She would love that you had an Eclipse book in the mix as well 😉

  6. Amanda Lake says

    I love the flannel covered books. They really cozy up a room.

  7. I really like this idea to include in Fall, Winter, and Christmas vignettes – the possibilities are endless! Pinned

  8. Great idea! Some buffalo check books would be so cute in a Christmas vignette.

  9. Love this idea! Flannel shirts and helping animals -win win!

  10. Since I am a fall girl through and through, this is right up my alley! Oh, plus the repurpose aspect too!!!

  11. Carol Claremont says

    Love this! A few years ago, I covered 30-40 books that we already had with plaid wrapping paper in reds and greens. We turned our living room into a library so have wall to wall – floor to ceiling custom bookshelves that are painted white – completely filled a couple of shelves with the plaid books and it looked so good. Maybe this year I will try flannel. Love thrift stores for clothes for projects.

  12. Shay Moore says

    I absolutely love these ! Great idea.

  13. What a great idea. They look so nice.
    Marion

  14. I love this idea. They make great covers and are so colorful.
    Marilyn

  15. What a great idea! I love anything covered in flannel in the fall. What a fun idea!

    Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

  16. I am so lovin this. These are amazing.

  17. I love these! And you knew I would.

  18. Love this idea! You did such a great job they look like they were originally flannel. Pinning.

  19. What a great idea or should I say ideas. Love your flannel covered books Sarah and the fact that animal-based charities are getting some exposure. I popped around to our local SPCA to see if they have a thrift store, which they don’t UGH!!, and almost came home with a whole bunch of new fur babies. I wish we had more space to adopt a few more, but I did get to spend a few hours cuddling with the purr babies and taking a very energetic little dachshund cross for a long walk.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Michelle!! We feel the same way about wanting to adopt more…we just don’t have the space. Someday, though!

  20. Such a clever and cozy redo! Love this for Fall!
    Was such fun being part of this wonderful benefit

  21. Excellent work Sarah! I love flannel specially during fall and winter! I am thinking to transform some books also and this is such a good idea!

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  22. great idea especially FLANNEL! LOVE it! 😀

  23. amberlyonferguson2017 says

    I have been loving all these flannel shirt upcycle projects! I am definitely going to try to make some of these book covers. Now to check out some of the other posts in your link up! I would enjoy being a part of your blogger group of thrift store “upcyclers” in the future if you are ever wanting other bloggers to collaborate! Fabulous post! Pinning away!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Definitely!! Contact Jeanette at Country Design Style (she’s in the link-up)…she puts this group together every year. 🙂

  24. What a great project! You can’t go wrong with plaid!

  25. So really neat! I love anything plaid and the covered books would add to any decor arrangement and vignette.

  26. I love how cozy these look! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  27. I feel like I am always making the same exact comment on every post but I LOVE THESE!!! Your creativity is super inspiring!

  28. this is so creative. I invite you to share at the TFT party this week. Hugs!

  29. How cute are these. I like how they can be color coordinated with your decor.

  30. This is such a wonderful idea! I have wanted to include books in decor arrangements (we are a house of bookworms), but the spines don’t look very pretty. This idea solves that! Would love to see you share Friday at The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

  31. Sandi Allen says

    Love, Love, Love these! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us!

  32. Adorable and perfect for fall and winter. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  33. Have never covered books before but think will be doing that. Will go thrifting to look for some great plaids as you found, your books looks quite charming in their winter covers.
    Time to clear off couple of my collections for winter. Love flannel covered books and other items kept under wraps for too long, Sarah. Have done several of your projects. good stuff.
    Have great Sunday

  34. Karen Kautz says

    Great Idea. But. . . . Now ~ “what the name of the book , the title.?”

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      LOL…well, we lived an awful long time without remotes for our TVs and caller ID- now you just need to open the cover to see what it is. And besides, I made these for decor more than anything else. 🙂

  35. Love this! Thank you again for such a beautiful tutorial!

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