Weekend Reading 1.18.20

By Kate Riley January 18, 2020

What a week you guys. I’ve had my head down focused and working. The truth is I’m trying to launch a new business/website by the end of the month and that deadline is looming. But I made a promise to myself that I have to keep, so look for that exciting reveal at the end of the month. Forgive me if it feels a little bit like radio silence around here, that’s where my head is and where I’m spending my energy right now.

I booked a second trip today! In March I’m headed to the Florida Keys. I’ve can’t believe I’ve lived this long and never even touched foot in Florida. I’ve been all over the west coast but I still have a lot I haven’t seen several cities on the east coast so why not start at the bottom, right? :) The Florida Keys have always intrigued me, so I booked a trip to explore Key West and Key Largo. The flight was so cheap I couldn’t resist! Fill me in on any hot spots or not-to-miss sights for those of you that have visited or lived there!

Favorite links from the week:

Beautiful blue cabinets and a Mediterranean tile fireplace in this California bungalow.

One simple addition takes IKEA wall shelves to another level!

These cactus installations are the prettiest.

Very chic and so easy to make: these simple knot DIY macramé planters.

Do you know musicals? I scored 100% on this quiz!

This is an insightful post by Jen on dealing with a “midlife crisis”.

Aw so sweet! This 6 year old’s effort to help save koalas.

Now this I have to try! Brownies made with cauliflower.

Slow cooker recipes made with 5 or less ingredients.

The best paying jobs of 2020.

Fabric Book Covers with Marble Swirl Pattern

By Kate Riley January 14, 2020

Hi friends! Today I’m excited to share one of my three new prints I recently designed. Marble Swirl is inspired by the natural look of marble and the allure of abstract brush strokes. I ran with the inspiration and created a new pattern in five colorways. This pattern is available in multiple kinds of fabrics in my shop on Spoonflower!




Notice one of the colorways is Pantone’s Color of the Year! I made fabric book covers out of one yard of cotton poplin in Marble Swirl in Classic Blue.

Look closely, you can see these book covers are really easy to make!


Supplies you’ll need to create four book covers: 1 yard of cotton fabric (I used this pattern in classic blue); roll of craft/banner paper; spray adhesive; iron & ironing board; fabric scissors; paper scissors; books.

First, press the cotton fabric to remove any wrinkles.


Using the book as your guide, cut the craft paper with regular scissors so that it is 2 inches bigger than the spine on each side and one inch bigger than the top and bottom of the book. Cut the fabric with fabric scissors to one inch bigger than the paper so it folds around the paper. Use a light spray of adhesive on the paper and layer the fabric on top, print side out. Smooth with fingers to remove any bubbles.

Use the book to form a crease in the top and bottom of the paper. With a thin line of spray adhesive in the crease, fold the fabric/paper over so that it meets the edge of the top and bottom of the book. Do the same for the ends where you’ll form the foldover flap and tuck in any corners.


As a last step, wrap the cover around the book and use the edges to form the flaps. That’s it, easy peasy.


Don’t worry if your covers are imperfect. You really just need the spine to look cool and and tops if you’re doing a stack. I made a second set with one yard of Marble Swirl in Greige.



Choose any great fabric and you’ll have a decorative addition to any bookshelf!

The new Marble Swirl print is available in five colors!

Favorite looks for this marble swirl print are available on Roostery!


placemats / wallpaper

duvet cover / throw pillow

cocktail napkins / flanged pillow sham   / cloth napkins

You can find any of of my pattern designs from the past five years available in bedding and home decor at Roostery.

I’ll share the second of my three new patterns next week. :)

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