I have had this idea from Lori Danelle bookmarked on my computer for a couple of weeks. I have been wanting to make it, but didn’t want to go to all the effort or drag my sewing machine out (plus part of the instructions say to “surge the edges” and I honestly don’t know what that means or how to do it…yes, I’m a sewing-school dropout). So, I put my grand intentions on hold out of shear laziness.
Fast-forward to Thursday night when we stopped by Lowe’s to pick up something for Prince Charming to fix a sprinkler. I happened to meander past the Clearance section (as I’m prone to do), where I saw the Director Chair Covers marked down to $0.62 (regularly $4.97)! Whenever I see a deal that good, I always wrack my brain for ways to use it. There happened to be a package already opened that I was looking at when I realized that these would be absolutely PERFECT for the hanging bookshelf I wanted to make…and I wouldn’t have to sew a thing!
The best part about it is, I spent less than $20 on EV-ER-Y-THING!
You can buy the chair covers online here for $0.62 once you add them to your cart and enter your zip code (it will show the price as $4.97 until you put in your zip code). If your local Lowe’s has them available, you can even pick them up for free!
So, here’s what you’ll need: 4 director’s chair covers (of the same color, or 2 of each if you want 2 different colored ones). a 36″ long metal pole that is 1/4″ thick (in the hardware section–it’s kind of like re-bar), 4 double-rod brackets (in the window hardware section), duct tape, pinking shears (aka-zigzag scissors), scraps of fabric, ribbon, and a hot glue gun.
(If you can’t find the chair covers but know how to sew, I suggest you use Lori Danelle’s version here).
(And don’t get the idea that I’m handy just because I referenced the “hardware” section–I can assure you, I AM NOT.)
1. Slide the old “dowel” rods out of the chair cover and insert the new ones. You will two use two chair covers and 2 rods per hanging pocket.
2. Push the two chair covers together until they are touching and almost perfectly lined up. Then add some duct tape down the seam…did you know that duct tape now comes in patterns like leopard print??? Don’t worry…this part won’t show. The only purpose it serves is to keep the two chair covers from sliding apart.
3. Repeat the last two steps with the other two rods and chair covers.
4. If you want to add a banner, use a straight-edge to draw a triangle onto a piece of cardstock (if not skip to step 9).
5. Trace the pattern on the backside of the fabric and use the pinking shears to cut it out. The zigzag cut that the pinking shears make keeps the edges of the unsewn fabric from fraying.
6. Continue cutting the remainder of the triangles. Lay them out how you want them to be positioned on the hanging bookshelves.
7. Once you have the triangles placed in the exact location you want, fold down the top inch and put a steady line of hot glue. Immediately press down. Continue for all the triangles.
8. After all the tops of the triangles are glued on, lay your ribbon on top. Position it the way you would like to be, then use the hot glue gun to glue small sections at a time. Make sure to make your ribbon long enough to wrap around the ends. Repeat on the second hanging bookshelf as well.
9. Mount each double rod bracket into a stud (if possible) using a screwdriver.
10. Attach the hanging bookshelves and you’re done!
I also hot-glued some foam balls on the ends of my rods since my children are still really young (I didn’t want an eye getting poked out!).