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?