Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book sling project (yes, more robots)

I love this project from Penny Carnival. It's very easy and super useful. Plus it looks cute! I know I've sworn off of buying robot fabric, but I saw this new Beep Bots fabric and thought it would be perfect for a book sling. Resistance was futile.

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I appliqued Luke's name on the sling using the double dots fabric from the same line. In hindsight, I wish I'd used a solid fabric so his name would show up better. Alas.

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You just slide 4-foot-long dowels into the little pockets, then attach them to the wall using these cool double curtain rod brackets. I got the dowels at Lowe's. I picked up the brackets at JoAnn's because they were on sale for $4 for the pair.

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Luke always ends up with a pile of books on his bed. Now he can keep them in a place he can reach.

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Hmm. Looks like I've just about run out of things to cover with robot fabric....

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I know my son looks like a studious little model here, but in the spirit of keeping it real...

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Most of the pictures turned out like this.

Check out more finished projects on Amy's blog.

28 comments:

traceyjay said...

I have to do this!

I love his robot themes! It's inspiring. :)

The Bakers said...

What a great idea!

Megan said...

I love it!! I'm honored that you followed my tutorial. Nice work. And I LOVE the robots. I'm posting a link to this tonight.

Caci said...

I love LOVE LOVE this idea for storing books. I have been redoing my little man's bedroom and trying to find a way to store his excessive number of books! Thanks for the great idea!

Robin said...

love it, Katie. what a great idea. Luke's room looks so cute.

Jessica said...

What a great way to store books! I know that this isn't what this post it about, but the quilt and pillows on the bed are fabulous... and the robot wall hangings!

Tori said...

That is darling, I love it!

Sarah said...

Brilliant! I need to make one for each of my little guys!

Claire said...

That is SOOOO awesome and such a great idea....luke is one lucky little boy with a great mom!

Jan said...

Fabulous idea...it looks great! Lucky kid!

Tammy said...

Wow is that ever adorable. What a fantastic idea. Love it!

Diane said...

Thats a great idea! The room looks great with all your robot touches!

Sew It Up Baby! said...

Heck this would be great on my side of the bed! It looks like he is truly enjoying it. How fun!

Leslie said...

I LOVE THIS!!!! i have all the things to make one of these for my son and i have had them for awhile. mostly i just wanted something for books in his room that did not take up floor space since he does not have much. i have to go and see if this is the same tutorial i was going to use.

Jen Poe said...

That is such a great idea! Wow! My future step-daughter is a big reader and her books are always allll over the place. And she would love a handy thing like this, I think! I might have to put it on my list of to-do's! I agree a different color for the applique name would have been better. I didn't notice the name was there in the first picture until after I saw the second! But he won't notice, right? Haha.
I just LOVE his room. It looks all special mommy made. Very cute!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

I've been wanting to make a book sling like that for a while. It is such a great idea! Yours is really cute.

Michelle - Mom of 3 Munchkins said...

What a cute idea! My daughter always has a pile of books in her bed too, I should try to make her one!

Karen said...

That's a great idea. Love the robot fabric. My son loves books too. My son isn't so accomodating for photos.

Sarah Craig said...

That is a great idea!! I'll have to try it soon!

Sparrow Bee said...

great idea and love the rest of the room too. thanks for visiting my blog ♥

pinksuedeshoe said...

This is the cutest boys room ever. If Robot fabric ends up looking as good as this does I vote it is totally fine to keep buying more! Love the booksling, such a good idea.

Michelle said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!! This has been on my to do list for way too long..I think I'll be making it a project for the weekend!

CraftyMummy said...

Love this idea! Definitely saving this one for my to do list!

Miri said...

Terrific idea: a book sling! I love Luke's room-looks like he likes it too!

Leah said...

That is just the cutest idea. And I love how practical it is!

urbancrunch said...

Hi Katie!

I'm finally getting around to responding to my Bloggers Quilt Festival comments. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a sweet comment!!

Jaclyn

PS I've been reading your blog, fantastic!

Carolina said...

What a fantastic way to keep the room clutter-free, and add some "pretty" to the walls! I'll have to try that when Little Moore is old enough to not attempt to use the book sling as a climbing rack! : )

Sunshine said...

Very cool invention!