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Nursery book slings

{Pssst…find the full reveal of the finished nursery here!}

Yes, I am back with nursery project update number 998.  It seems like the never-ending room, doesn’t it?  I promise that there are some details that I am leaving for the final reveal, but in the meantime, here are my crafty book slings:

Like most things, I can’t take credit for the idea.  I originally saw the book slings in this beautiful nursery, which referred to a very handy tutorial.  I started out making the slings based on the dimensions offered by the tutorial, but they turned out to be too deep for my baby books.  So, I adjusted each of them, sizing the top sling for the smallest books and the bottom sling for slightly larger books.  Instead of cutting the fabric smaller, I just folded and sewed extra seams so that someday I can pull out those seams and the slings will once again be suitable for larger books.

The installation is super easy, thanks to these double rod holders and some wooden dowels, both of which were found at Lowe’s.  The dowels are 1/2″ wide by 4 ft. long.  I lucked out and found wall studs that were exactly 4-feet apart, so the slings are very sturdy (but the rod holders come with anchors so they can really go anywhere).

And here you can see the slings paired with the previously mentioned wall art, making a nice little reading nook.

I really loved the idea of the slings because you can see the covers and not just the book spines as you would on a regular book shelf.  When our little guy is old enough, he’ll be able to flip through the books and pick one out.  Plus, I imagine the slings make for easy clean up…you know, after every book has to be pulled out for examination.

What do you think?  Can you imagine using these in your home in a spot other than a child’s room?  I could see small slings next to a bedroom night stand or in a guest room to hold magazines and local visitors guides/maps.  Oh the possibilities…


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  1. Caitlin / Dec 1 2010

    This is ingenious! I can’t wait to try it. I am thinking about putting one over my kids art table to hold coloring books! Thanks so much for sharing this. Your baby is going to be one lucky little man :)

  2. Deirdre / Dec 1 2010

    soooo many applications for this! love it!

  3. julie / Dec 1 2010

    Love it! Where did you get the rods holders from? I havent seen double rods holders before.

    • Erin / Dec 1 2010

      Hi Julie,

      I found these rod holders at Lowe’s. They came in silver, white and black. Hope it helps!

      – e

  4. Shyla / Dec 1 2010

    These look awesome! Once again…totally jealous of your nursery and your motivation to get these projects done!! Love it!

    • Erin / Dec 1 2010

      Thanks, Shyla! I hope you saw your beautiful artwork hanging. It looks so good there!!

      – e

  5. Laura@JourneyChic / Dec 1 2010

    What a great idea – so much safer than a bookcase that could fall on the kiddo (assuming they’re hung high enough so as not to become monkey bars. :) I agree that it would be a great idea for a guest room/bedroom.

    Your nursery is turning out so well! I’m quite impressed by all your energy and can’t wait to see the final product!

  6. Allison / Dec 1 2010

    What a clever idea! I love that farbic that you used! Your little guy is going to have the most adorable nursery around, I can see all of the love and attention to detail you have put into it.

  7. Asa / Dec 1 2010

    Omg!! these book shelf thingies are just darling!!

  8. Asa / Dec 1 2010

    OMG!!! these book shelf thingies are just darling!!

  9. Kim@NewlyWoodwards / Dec 1 2010

    Love these! Now, I need to decide where to put these. I’m thinking they’d be perfect for craft and pattern books in the craft room/office.

  10. Kiersten / Dec 2 2010

    These are so cute and useful! What a great idea. I can’t wait to see the full nursery reveal!

  11. Krystyn / Dec 2 2010

    Erin, I really love this. I may need to steal this idea for my nursery when I finally start getting everything REALLY set up.

  12. Christen / Dec 2 2010

    Wow! Great job! (I recently discovered your blog and can’t get enough! It’s one of my favorites now!!)

    • Erin / Dec 3 2010

      Aw, thanks Christen! You are too kind!

      – e

  13. Meri / Dec 20 2010

    I’ve been saving some “loud” caveman fabric for my son’s room with no idea what to do. I have 3 yards and now I have an idea! Thank you.

  14. Robyn / Dec 20 2010

    These are genius! I have a wall in my son’s room that I was just thinking what in the world will work here. This is perfect! I’ll have to do this after the holidays.

    You did a great job on the nursery.

  15. / Dec 23 2010

    Great idea! Had to post about it @

  16. Kristin (Australia) / Dec 28 2010

    Wow I love these!!!! I’ve been looking for racks for my DS3’s books for ages – I’m going to hit the sales, buy some great fabric and give them a go, thanks :)

  17. Michelle / Jan 5 2011

    How much material did you order for your book slings?

    • Erin / Jan 5 2011

      Hi Michelle,

      I had 1.5 yards of fabric on hand. How much you need really depends on how deep you want to make your slings. I made one of mine quite small, so I had some fabric left over.

      Good luck!

      – e

      • michelle / Jan 10 2011

        I am assuming you can make the book sling as long as you want depending on how long your dowell are, correct? I love your nursery. It is amazing. Thank you for sharing and being so crafty, creative and making your blog so easy to follow!!!!

        • Erin / Jan 10 2011

          Hi Michelle,

          Yes, you can definitely make the slings as long as your dowells are! I don’t recommend going much longer than I did (4 ft) because the support in the middle of the sling isn’t fantastic. They might sag in the middle if you go much longer!

          It is more than my pleasure to share; thanks for following along!

          – e

  18. WhoWhatLogos / Jan 10 2011

    This is awesome…what a great DIY project for any room! It would look great on a bathroom wall with magazines or a sitting room with current catalogs, newspapers, and magazines.

  19. Jill / Jan 11 2011

    This is exactly what I need for my nursery and I really apprecaite all of your links to learn how to create these wonderful book slings! What a perfect idea! THANK YOU and well done!!

  20. Justine / May 22 2011

    Love the book slings! Where’d you find that fabric? I’m doing a yellow & green nursery and think that would complement perfectly!

  21. cinthia / Mar 8 2012

    i love them! looks hard to make them ……. can u help me how to make them and, im interest on the skirt too.. i just start to learn how to swa…please send me more information if u can …… thanks

  22. Garden of EP / Apr 19 2012

    What ended up being the height of each of your book slings? I like how you adjusted the height to accommodate smaller board books and would like to do the same when I make these. Will also be making the cornices! Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Erin / Apr 19 2012

      Hi Garden of EP,

      I believe the larger one is about 10″ and the smaller one is about 5″. The baby is in his room sleeping right now, otherwise I would go in and measure!

      Hope that helps!

      – e

      • Garden of EP / Apr 20 2012

        Thanks, Erin, for the measurements. That is close to what I was estimating would be good for our baby books.

  23. Heather / Feb 9 2013

    As a teacher and future mom (due in June), I love the idea of book slings! My students usually ruin books on a bookshelf by shoving them in and the books end up inside of each other with ends curled and torn and spines broken. This seems like a much gentler way of storing them! I may have to work on these for my little boy’s room!

  24. Becky / Feb 22 2013

    I love the idea! I’m going to use the fabric from the crib bumper that came with the bedding set I bought to make the slings!

  25. Alexis @ Persia Lou / May 23 2013

    I’m working on a nursery right now. LOVE this idea!
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  26. Cindy / Jul 19 2013


    This is so wonderful. I discovered this about 6 months ago and I can’t keep up. Friends and family love them. Thanks fro the great ideas. You are the best.

  27. Rebecca Fenley / Oct 10 2013

    Such a cute, ingenious idea! Love this! I will have to put my ‘crafty hat’ back on soon if I keep reading your website! Thank you for sharing!

    • Erin / Oct 10 2013

      Aw, so glad you are feeling inspired!

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