Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fresh Look: cookbook cover

Cookbook 11You know those little things in your house that bug you? Maybe it’s a picture frame that doesn’t quite match or electrical cords that have become part of the d├ęcor. I have a ton of those little things all over the house.

Cookbook 1One thing that I look at everyday are the cookbooks on my kitchen shelf. They’re front and center and have become messy looking with post its sticking out. The one that offends me the most is the poor Betty Crocker Cookbook. This is my second one – the first one got so worn and torn that I got an updated version. I don’t really use it for the recipes but more for a go-to reference for basics. How long to cook the roast, measuring conversions, cutting tips etc. But the bright orange cover seemed to stick out on my shelf.

Cookbook 7So I covered it – sorry Betty!

Blog CookbookIt wasn’t a planned project but a friend gave me this cute promotional tote bag filled with goodies recently. I knew I wasn’t going to use the tote bag and the fabric was so cute. Script text that is so in style right now. I first covered the book in white paper so the bright orange wouldn’t show through. Then I cut the tote bag so that it would cover the outside of the cookbook with just enough fabric to glue to the inside. Binder clips held it in place while it was drying.

Cookbook 8I used the existing seam on the tote bag for the spine of the book.

Cookbook 10I love it! The message is perfect for the basic Betty Crocker Cookbook – keeping it easy, keeping it fun, keeping it real!

Cookbook 11I rearranged a few of the cookbooks and I’m so much happier with the shelf now. I can still grab the Betty Cookbook when I need to look up something. Yay! Now to tackle the other little buggy things in the house.

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  1. Oh, I'm so with you - books can really be an eyesore if you buy them for content rather than looks. I arranged all of my books by color (which officially makes me a freak, I know) but for the cookbooks this wasn't possible. I will definitely have to consider your solution! =)

  2. I love this idea! I've never thought about covering ugly books, but you've definitely got my wheels turning now! Do you mind me asking where you got the tote bag? Thanks for sharing! Be blessed, Kristin

    1. Hi Kristin, The tote bag was a promotional bag from a friend. She works for a magazine publisher and she gave me magazines in the tote bag. I'm sure they had them specially printed because it had the company name on it. But you can use any scrap fabric. I love scouring the bargain bin at fabric stores or even buying old linens at thrift shops. It makes it more fun!!
      Thanks so much for visiting.

  3. Ok, if you really want to see messy cookbooks come to my house! :) What a great idea, as always.

  4. Such a small thing, but it makes a big difference - pretty!

  5. Your new cookbook cover is fabulous, Carolyn!

  6. I have a couple that are not pretty and too worn to display, this is a fabulous solution. Amazing finish. I have a weekly party called Inspire Me and it goes lives every Monday evening. I would so love for you to link this or any other project to my party.
    Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  7. It really does make a difference covering cook books with a fabric cover.. I love this idea!


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