How to make a fabric cover for a bookshelf

Updated April 17, 2017

Using a fabric cover for a bookshelf is aesthetically pleasing and practical. Customise the fabric cover by using fabric that matches the decor of the room the bookshelf is in. Fabric bookshelf covers protect books and other memorabilia in the bookshelf by creating a protective shield against dust, cleaning chemicals or excessive sunlight, which fades and ages books.

Decide where you will put the fabric bookshelf covers. Choose to cover every shelf or only select shelves.

Measure the length and width of the shelf.

Cut the fabric to the length and width of the shelf, adding one extra inch on all four sides.

Sew a 2.5-cm (1-inch) hem on three sides using a sewing machine or needle and thread.

On the fourth edge, fold over the loose edge and sew across, creating a pocket for the tension rod to go through.

Feed the tension rod through the pocket in the top of the fabric and attach the tension rod to the sides of the bookcase shelf.

Repeat the steps above for additional shelves.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton canvas, twill or other fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Tension rods
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Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, and Demand Studios.