Weaving with Book Spines

Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.
Lawrence Block

I used to make spiral bound notebooks out of old book covers found at flea markets (still have a few left in my Etsy Shop). Love those vintage covers! When I cut the book boards apart I released the spine and once finished I gathered a whole bunch of them into a glass jar.They’ve been sitting in that jar in my book shelf for a few years now…

I was thinking of them as unusual and fun decorations. But now I am tired of seeing them collecting dust and decided to throw them away. But wait! Once they were out of the jar I had one of those serendipitous ideas: why not weave them together and make a something new by putting them together. Perhaps a Book Spine Mat?

Weaving with book spines

I haven’t seen anything similar before, but I have been weaving paper strips together many times. Weaving with this kind of sturdy material is simple and fun. Once I had a square woven together I just sewed the ends down using the sewing machine all around the edge!

Proof that you can use almost anything in a crafty project, right? I simply love when serendipity lets a material come together by an idea to create something entirely new. Especially when it’s cheap, recycled material that finds a new life. The mat is now decorating my spray painted pink pedestal:

recycled book spine mat

There is a lot of things you can do with old books that nobody wants! What have you made with old, recycled book material?

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11 Responses to Weaving with Book Spines

  1. Tina says:

    Such a great idea. I always have the spines as leftovers too. Now I create bookmarks out of them :-)

  2. uršula says:

    librarian in me is crying loud.

  3. Marit says:

    OHMY… Hanna, that’s fabulous! I don’t understand why I haven’t thought of it – and you’re right, I’ve never seen it before. What a wonderful idea!!!

  4. linda says:

    OMG, that is the coolest… fabulous idea!

  5. Chris says:

    This is such a handsome mat! I would never have thought of this! How ingenius!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and little Smilla and all your family!

  6. Ann Martin says:

    What a nice idea… there IS something new under the sun, despite the often heard phrase that tells us otherwise. :)

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  8. Morgan says:

    What a great accent piece, might even look neat framed on a wall. But as much as I love book art, I can never bring myself to cut up books!

  9. Marti says:

    I found your photo on an image search for spine bookmarks, and love this idea. I’d like to include it on a post I’m doing on spine bookmarks with your permission. You can check out my blogs and let me know. It will be on Tutorials and Patterns, with a photo and brief description, and then a link back to your blog post. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you.

    • iHanna says:

      Hi Marti, I appreciate you asking but prefer that my photos stay on my own blog. You’re welcome to link to the post and/or my blog and describe the project. Thanks!

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