DIY Leather Bookends
Stitch up leather beanbags to put a chic spin on book collections.
Handsome hardcover books are perfect for styling a hallway tabletop, and they look especially chic braced with these handmade leather beanbags.
Begin by choosing your leather. Try asking for remnants at a local leather shop, or consider recycling leather from an old purse or jacket. For a feminine touch, opt for leather with a soft rose-gold metallic finish that adds a hit of opulence to the vignette. You'll need approximately one square foot of leather to make a single beanbag bookend, but the size of each is flexible: 10" x 7" is large enough to support heavier books, while smaller beanbags can double as paperweights.
Once you've chosen your leather, simply cut two equal-sized pieces of leather and stitch them together with a coordinating thread, allowing for a decorative 1⁄2" flange. Don't close up the beanbag entirely just yet; leave a 2" gap so you can fill it with lentils.
Using a small funnel, carefully pour lentils into the satchel until it's about three-quarters full (don't pack it too tightly, or it'll lose its stylish slouchiness). Close up the bag with a needle and thread and prop away!
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