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Craft Project: Simple Slipcover for Shelves

Create a hidden storage section with this decorative cover

By Pamela Acuff Posted July 28, 2009 from Ty Pennington at Home; Volume 2

Craft Project: Simple Slipcover for Shelves

Photo: © Aimee Herring

Often, the best ideas are hidden from the naked eye. Take this covered table. It looks like a regular end table, but is actually a metal stand with shelves for extra storage. Make a slipcover to compliment your decor and no one will know the difference.

Skill Level: Beginner


Steel storage shelf unit or square or rectangular end table with shelves; tape measure; chalk marking pencil; several yards of cotton fabric; scissors; fabric glue or thread and sewing machine; iron and ironing board.

NOTE: This project was glued, but you can sew it if you wish. Use a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance wherever pieces are glued, and stitch a 1-inch double hem in place.


1. Measure length and width of top of shelf unit or table; add 1 inch to each measurement. Measure, mark and cut piece of fabric to these measurements for cover top.
2. Measure circumference of shelf unit; add 1 inch. Measure height of shelf unit; add 21⁄2 inches. Cut one piece of fabric to these measurements for cover sides.
3. With right sides facing, raw edges matching, glue short ends of side piece of fabric together with 1⁄2-inch seam.
4. Turn under and press 1⁄2 inch on one long edge of side piece of fabric. Glue pressed edge to outer edges of top piece, raw edges matching.
5. Turn under and press 1 inch double hem along lower edge of side piece; press. Glue in place to hem.
6. Place cover over shelves.

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