Car, Boat, Train: Fabric Bookends

My husband and I are both bookworms. To instil the same love of reading into our kids, we have a growing collection of kids books. When decorating my son’s room, I wanted some bookends to go with the transport theme, but really couldn’t find anything I liked. So what is a craft blogger to do, but make her own.
I seem to have decided on making his room matchy-matchy. I used the same templates and fabric as the appliques on his quilt cover and wall art.
There’s rice in the base to help them stand-up and rubbery drawer liner is used to keep them in place.
You could use the same techniques to make a bookend or toy out of almost any picture!

Click here for the full step-by-step photo-tutorial:

I still have at least three more projects in the works to complete his bedroom. Then I’ll put together a tour of his bedroom so you can see it all together.

Hope you’re enjoying all the boy projects in the craft-blogosphere at the moment. I know I am!


  1. These are clever! What a great way to use your fabric.

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. These are clever! I love all your matching room bits

  4. These cute fabric bookends are terrific!
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  5. These are ADORABLE! Love them…hmmm, dare I try to sew myself for my son’s room??? 🙂

  6. Absolutely LOVE this idea!! It’s fabulous. 🙂


  7. These are super cute! Fabulous project!!

  8. jamie @ kreyv says

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    Jamie (visiting from SITS)

  9. Nancy Davis Kho says

    Those are AMAZING, so clever and unique. Love the felt car mat project too, my girls are too old for that sort of thing now but would have loved them. Thanks for visiting Normalarkey and I will definitely stop back by here to visit another SITStah!

  10. These I love!

  11. Stopping by from SITS. SO cute!!! I am going to get myself a sewing machine – been procrastinating!

  12. I’ve been looking for bookends for my daughter’s room but haven’t found anything I really liked – I would never have thought of making them myself.

    Thanks for the tutorial, I’m off to make some ducks!

  13. Love it! I am featuring on my blog

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