November 5, 2012
Our girls have bunk beds which I really love. My sister-in-law's neighbor was getting rid of them since she has all boys - they are so cute and unique, of course I was happy to give the bunk beds a home! You can also head here if you are looking for a variety of bunk beds.
The downfall of bunk beds is that there isn't really a feasible way to give each girl a nightstand to keep stuff on. And books - they need a home close to bed. When I kept seeing Book Slings pop up, I knew they were the perfect solution.
There are several tutorials out there, so feel free to look those up - I won't be doing a full tutorial on the actual sling. I enjoy the tutorial at Penny Carnival because it shows several different examples:
I knew I wanted a pocket on the outside so the girls could keep track of bookmarks and pens and whatever small items they are hoarding. I incorporated a pocket into a circle initial applique, and that's what I have as tutorial for you. Here we go...
Supplies I needed to get - the bracket (at Lowe's, $5), dowel rods ($3), fabric (clearance sheet set from Walmart)
First, if you want a letter on your circle pocket, stitch that on. If you want a blank circle, skip this step. I used my embroidery machine for the letter "E" -
Next cut a circle around the initial. Cut a circle out of the lining fabric as well. Put the two circles facing each other and stitch around the edge.
Side note - another helpful way to make things lay flat when you flip them right-side out is to clip any corners. I did this on my sling (the sling is lined - I thought about doing it without lining, but the fabric was pretty thin so I knew lining would help).
Lay the sling out and place the pocket where you want it. (Note - if you don't want stitch lines to show on the inside of the sling from the pocket, sew it on before you assemble the sling. Since my fabric was thin, I wanted to attach the pocket to both the fabric and lining, so I sewed it on after the sling was constructed)
Then zig zag around the circle. This will close the "turning hole" in the pocket. Don't zig zag the top of the circle- that's how your pocket will open up.
Put it on the dowel rods, and enjoy!!
The longest part of this project may have been making the beds so I could get a presentable picture:
Do you have book slings at your home?? Do you want one now? Go make one - you can do it!
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Mandy is a Craft Blogger who enjoys all things DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She enjoys being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City area. Please add her Google profile to your circles. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.