Bookish Creativity – Making A Book Sleeve

It´s time to unleash the bookish creativity!

It´s time to (re)start my book sleeve project! 

You know what a book sleeve is, right? Those functional fabric pouches that protect books? The ones with all kinds of stylish designs that are mainly seen on Instagram or Pinterest? Yeah, those. Now, some claim these book sleeves are a must-have for every book lover. Personally, I think book sleeves are nice to have but they´re definitely not a must-have item. Especially for the prices they´re being sold for. 10 – 18 Euros for a book sleeve is not in my book-ish budget. I also don´t really feel the need to protect my physical books. But I still see the appeal. Book sleeves are cute. Sometimes a tad expensive but adorable.  

This is why I started making my own. I wanted to see for myself if the prices for these book sleeves are justified. I was curious to find out if these book sleeves could be easily made at home by someone who´s totally incapable of using a sewing machine ( like myself ). So, I started my book sleeve project.

The only things I needed were:

  • fabric
  • sewing machine

I have fabric. I have a sewing machine. So I began. And the end result wasn´t so terrible.

Not bad, right? All I did was take old shirts and an old comforter, cut them to the right size and sewed in semi-straight lines. Voila! Yes, I know it´s not perfect but I did the job. A book fits in each sleeve and that´s all that matters. I saved money! I didn´t save much time, though. Sewing these book sleeves took me almost 3 hours.

But this time I wanted to take things a little further. I wanted to see if I could ditch my sewing machine and use a different, easier technique. Cause let´s face it, I can´t handle a sewing machine. Not only am I terrible at sewing straight lines ( which you can see in the right picture ) I´m also afraid my finger will slip under the needle. I´ve heard sewing machine horror stories from people who knew people who also knew people, you know? Can´t be too careful.

It took me weeks to find an alternative- Hemming tape. So, I ordered a roll ( 4 Euros for 5 meters ) and when it arrived I went straight to work!

As for the fabric: I went for something simple again- Jeans and cotton. An old, last worn in 2001 jeans shirt from the hubby and an old pair of shorts I used for garden work.

The reason for the two fabrics is because I need something smooth and soft that acts like a puffer on the inside and something rougher on the outside. We don´t wanna harm our books, right?

After I cut the fabric to the right size ( which size that was, I don´t know. I go by eye measurements ) I cut some of the hemming tape and placed it on 3 edges.

( NOTE: The third pic has hemming tape on the top and bottom. I had to remove the upper stripe to create a pouch, which I didn´t take a picture of )

I used a paperback book from Devney Perry as it´s one of the larger paperbacks I have ( 22cm x 15cm ).

With everything cut and in place it was time to whip out the iron. Hemming tape is nothing more than ironing tape. It needs to be ironed between fabric. The heat from the iron melts the tape and glues the fabric together.

I know I´m not fooling anyone. I´m not trying to. My eye measurement skills suck just as much as my sewing skills do. That won´t stop me from continuing, though. The idea is to see if I can save money. Not to win the book sleeve of the year award.

This is the left side of the book sleeve. The part that gets flipped. No one will see my errors. I can totally live with that.

The next part was the easiest and most satisfying: cutting off the excess fabric around the parts I didn´t glue together and flipping the fabric inside out.

The hemming tape did its magic! The fabric held together. The only problem I noticed after having flipped the fabric was that I needed to do something with the opening. That meant I had to flip it back to the left side and use a little more hemming tape.

I´m happy to announce that the book sleeve project was a success! It may not be as perfect or as beautiful as the book sleeves offered on Etsy but it still works. I´m proud.

So, what did we learn today? You don´t necessarily need to buy a book sleeve. You can easily make one yourself with older shirts/towels/blankets/older pillowcases. Also, you don´t necessarily need a sewing machine to make a book sleeve.If you´re as talented as I am with a sewing machine then go for the hemming tape!

Time invested: 40 minutes

Cost: 4 Euros

All in all, think if anyone wants to pay good money for a handmade product that “protects” books then they should. If the quality of a handmade product is great then there´s no reason not to want to invest. Because that´s what´s valued. Personally, I value handmade products but it´s more of a “Do I really need it?” issue for me.


QUESTIONs OF THE DAY

Do you own a book sleeve? How many do you have? Have you ever made your own book sleeve? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

Dear bookish Padawans, I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Be sure to stay tuned for the next DIY bookish-project!

Much love,

Books & Wine Monday & Being Bookish Productive

 

This self-isolation business…. I think it´s great. The time I´m able to spend on reading is incredible. Book blogging has crawled up the priority ladder. I´m finally able to get shit done since everything else has taken a back seat. I´m actually enjoying my healthy self in my little isolated bubble * knocks on wood 3x *.

So yeah, I´ve been reading.

3 books last week and 2 the week before that. I´m mostly finishing up on duets and trilogies and sneaking in a standalone, which I´m loving. This feels just like the old days when I used to constantly read.

There was a moment of weakness when I thought about picking up a hyped book but then decided against it. As much as I liked the idea of giving a hyped book a chance I just can´t jump over my shadow. Once a hyped book, always a hyped book. I´d rather reread my favorites than cave in and buy an overly praised book.

 Other than that I’ve been working on some book sleeves which I´m excited to feature this week. All I´ll say is: Making a book sleeve was an adventure.

So what else is new? Well, I bleached my hair by myself. Didn´t necessarily turn out the way I would´ve liked it to but okay. I´m at home. It´s not like people will get to admire the multi-shades of yellow. Kind of looks like I have a yellow helmet on my head. * sigh *

Ooooh! I also watched the Tiger King on Netflix. People said it was bad. I think it´s just one sad piece of film work as it doesn´t really focus on the problem at hand- Big cat ownerships. I mean, with all due respect… Does a guy with a mullet who wears glitzy shirts need 150 tigers? Does anyone need a tiger?
What can the human race learn from someone who calls themselves Joe Exotic? Nothing. The Tiger King was a huge miss for me.

I guess that´s it for now. Not much excitement in my neck of the woods but that´s okay. I´m thriving. Living off of books and wine!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Books & Wine Monday. ❤

Sending out much bookish love,

 

Spam Box Treasures: April ´20

Oh, how I love my Spam Box Treasures. Every spam comment is so full of wisdom and advice. They´re helpful and uplifting ( insert sarcasm ). They´re so comical that I´m actually looking forward to reading them at the end of each month.

And just like every other month, I received spam comments that were just full of shit. These magnificent comments are too good to not share.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

#1 – If you say so, Joe. 

 

 

 

#2 – Eileen, I´m happy for you. But… I have a Samsung.

 

 

 

#3 – Dear Pokemon, I´m allergic to Amoxicillin. 

 

 

#4 – Justin, for a moment there you almost fooled me.

( On a side note: I love this idea. Having a guest blogger is always awesome )

 

 

#5 – However, what about this? What if you pissed up a rope? 

I ain´t saying your comment isn´t solid, but I´m guessing your life is as exciting as that of a dry slice of toast bread.
No fucks given,

Morgana xx

 

 

 

#6 – Naaw ❤ Bless you. 

 

 

 

#7 – What a mix-  Mom, playscoobydoo and anal?

 

 

 

#8 – Sorry DannyCum, I´m married.

 

 

That´s it for April, folks. I hope you found these just as inviting as I did.

Have a wonderful day!

Much bookish love,

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday Turns Into Books & Wine Monday

Hello, my dear book-loving-Padawans!

Today is somewhat special because I´ve decided to make one minor change to my very apocalyptic Monday post feature.

Sprummer has arrived ( Spring + Summer ) which means we´re enjoying April´s unusual but steady 26 Degrees ( 78 °F ). I can´t stomach another hot chocolate, not even if someone paid me. And since I don´t drink coffee or any other bougie café drink I thought I´d jump over to the next best beverages -Soda, water, and/or wine.

I know, I know. Hot chocolate and a book go hand in hand. But so does a glass of wine and a book. Don´t believe me?

 

 

So this is what we´ll be getting a lot of for the next 5-ish months. If this sort of feature is frowned upon then just keep in mind- This isn´t the worst idea I´ve had lately.

Speaking of ideas… Guess who came up with a new book blog addition last week? It was at the ass crack of dawn when I thought about all the short stories I´ve read. The short stories I haven´t reviewed because I had no flipping clue on how to write reviews for them. My reviews are usually just as long as some short stories are.
So, I came up with the Book Review Bar.

 

 

A once a month feature where I give 1-2 liners for a short story, or basically anything with less than 200 pages. Short stories are usually measured by words not by pages, but in my case, I don´t care because whatever is slim enough to get lost between all my other books is a short story for me. So, that´s another thing I´m looking forward to seeing on my blog.

 

As for other bookish news: I´m currently in a “Should I… Should I not…” reading mood. There´s one book I´m dying to read but I´m also petrified of starting it. 797 pages plus an Epilogue. That´s a commitment. I mean, look at the size of this puppy!

 

You wouldn´t believe how often I´ve pushed this one aside. Not only because of its intimidating size but also because it´s from Sarah J. Maas. Experience has taught me that the author’s books are either a total hit or total miss. Fingers crossed that I won´t be too disappointed. Fingers crossed I´ll start this one… soon.

 

That´s it for this week, my wonderful book squad. I hope you enjoyed.

Before I go…

Tell me: Have you read Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas? What are your thoughts on the book? What are your thoughts on wine and books? What have you been up to lately? 

I´m currently suffering from a lack of human contact so feel free to leave a comment below. I´d love to chat ( with anyone other than the people in my house ).

 

Until next week!

Much bookish love,

 

Surviving `Shadowhunters` The Series

The books weren´t enough.

Neither was the movie.

There just had to be a Netflix series made out of the story, as well.

Because the world can´t seem to get enough of Cassandra Clare´s bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

 

 

I know, I know. I´m late to the Shadowhunters party. There´s no doubt in my mind that I´m the last person in the fantasy romance world to talk about the books, the movie and most importantly ( mainly because it´s today’s topic ) the Netflix series.

Before I start to share my thoughts I´d like to give a quick rundown on how familiar I am with the whole thing:

Books:  Not read. I have been spoiled quite thoroughly, though.

Movie: Fell asleep after 20 minutes.

Netflix: Watched 3 episodes from season 1.

So, yeah. Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Was it any good? Was it better than the catastrophic movie? Am I now emotionally moved enough to read the books? 

 

 

I had high hopes, y´all. I thought the Netflix series was going to be decent compared to the previously released catastrophic movie adaptation. Every fan I had talked to said I wouldn´t be disappointed. I really wanted to give the Netflix adaptation a fair go.

I was irritated beyond words after the first few minutes. The characters bugged the hell out of me. The dialogue was terrible. The story ( up until the 3rd episode ) was boring. I´m not sure if this has something to do with the show or the story in general. Or (!!) if I can blame everything on the poor acting skills from the actors ( by God… The acting was horrible )

There was too much badass-ness. Too much sass. Too many hormones floating through the Shadowhunter air. Pushed up boobs and teenage bouncy hair… I can´t. I couldn´t. So, I stopped watching.

Mind you, this is my 2nd Shadowhunters approach. My second try. Is it me or is the whole story doomed? Maybe I´m too old.

 

 

What I do know is that I´m not going to give the story another try. I have a strong feeling that the story can never be what I need it to be. No matter how many Shadowhunter versions someone creates, it can´t be good.

The Netflix series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is just a show specifically designed to satisfy the fanbase.

It´s time to move on to other Netflix treasures.