DIY Project: Fabric Pyramid Bookends

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - 3
I have an insatiable love of fabric. A well-designed textile is a piece of art that can bring so much depth and mood to a room. Sometimes I feel as if there just aren’t enough uses for fabrics in any given room. Combine that with my husband’s (cliche, I would argue) disdain for accent pillows, and it means that I’m always looking for creative and non-traditional ways to put fabric to use in my home. Today’s project fits the bill. A little fabric, some beginner-level sewing, and a kitchen staple make for a set of bookends that are both unique and sculptural. -Mandy Pellegrin

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Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Materials
MATERIALS:
-two 13″ x 9″ cuts of fabric (I used Anne Kelle’s Remix Triangles in Black by Robert Kaufman)
-rice or beans
-pillow stuffing
-thread

TOOLS:
-sewing machine

Directions:

1. With right sides facing, fold the rectangle in half lengthwise to align the two 9″ edges, and sew them together.

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 1

2. Turn the fabric “tube” right-side out.

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 2

3. Fold the edges of one of the openings in about 1/2″, and stitch shut.

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 3a
Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 3b

4. Fill the fabric pouch about 1/3 of the way full with rice or beans or just anything to weigh it down. Fill the remainder with pillow stuffing.

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 4

5. Fold the edges of the remaining opening in about 1/2″ shut, pin in place, and stitch shut, such that the seam is perpendicular to the previous one.

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - Step 5

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - 4

Fabric Pyramid Bookends - 1

Nomadic D.

Love these! It’s so hard to find decent bookends, and I love the idea of fabricating my own. Pinning this immediately and they are going straight to the top of my Make Next list.

Eleaor

I’ve been trying to find an eco-friendly, non-off basing book end that doesn’t cost a fortune! These are perfect! I love to sew and I’m also obsessed with triangles. :)

Lidija

These would also make great door stops – it’s now on my to-do list. Thanks!

Marcie

So embarrassed. I cant follow simple instructions. Fold the who? I have to re-read this because I really need to make these.

fangaroni

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing, great use of the fabric scraps I have laying around

Rhoda Edwards

I love them. I am considering making them as door stoppers as well, maybe with a rounded bottom.

marie swanson

I love me a good design sponge tutorial however….TWO pieces at 13″x9″ is HUGE and not as triangular as id hoped. Im almost certain this is a mistake please forgive me if im wrong- suited perhaps for TWO doorstops? ONE piece at 16″x9″ is enough for either two bookends (if so I cut this piece in two measuring now 9″x4.5″ each-following step one this will give you approx. a square after seam adjustments) or leave as 16″x 9″ for one nice size doorstop. I’ve tested this and made both options. It gave me a great looking pyramid such as yours with relatively even sides. Of course my first thought was wowzers that gold vase and them books are rather large! Measurement with factors of 2 also helped.

Almaelou

I just made these in 20 minutes tops! So far so good, used measurements in directions with 1/2″ seam allowance for all seams and it came out the perfect size, any smaller and I think they would have a hard time holding up books.

TIP: don’t over fill with rice/beans like I did, makes it hard to sew because the pyramid doesn’t give any when trying to push through sewing machine.

The 5 Dreamcatchers

Beautiful!!!

I love it, so I have included your idea in my ranking “Top 10 DIYs of the Week”.

See your position, is in three first!!!

Hugs, Xx

Lauren

I am going to try to do this but instead of using pillow stuffing I am going to use recycled plastic bags. I am a peace corps volunteer and not sure I can find pillow stuffing easily without opening a pillow. Stores love to give out plastic bags here so I have those in abundance.

Do you think it will impact the quality drastically?

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