How to Make a No-Sew Fabric Magazine Rack

All those magazines you love are about to get a new home inside this chic fabric magazine rack. You know what that means? Goodbye clutter, hello cool. 

DIY Magazine Rack 01:18

Create chic magazine storage with denim fabric and wooden dowels.

Tools + Materials

  • (6) 12" wooden dowels (1/2" thick)
  • (2) 10" wooden dowels (1/2" thick)
  • (8) 1/2" copper elbows
  • (1) yard fabric
  • fabric scissors
  • tape measurer
  • fabric glue
  • E6000 glue

Step 1: Assemble Structure

First, let’s create the basic wooden structure that holds the fabric sling. Put E6000 glue inside two copper elbows. Then, use these elbows to connect three 12” wooden dowels to each other. It should look like a square that’s missing one side when you’re done.

Step 2: Repeat

Now, repeat this process to make a second identical structure. When you’re finished you should have two 10” wooden dowels left. Glue elbows to the wooden ends on both structures. Then adhere the two 10” dowels inside the elbows to create one structure. Wait for everything to dry. It may take up to a day to fully adhere. Use this time to make the fabric sling.

Step 3: Measure Fabric 

Pick a yard of fabric that you love! We’re working with a heavy denim, because it’s versatile enough to match the decor of almost any room. Drape the soft tape measure around the structure to get a sense for how long your fabric should be. Aim for a couple inches off the ground. It’s not an exact science. Eyeball it and adjust until you get it just right to your liking.

Step 4: Fold Fabric

Unfold your yard of fabric so that the printed side faces the table. The inside of the fabric should now be facing up toward you. Now, fold the top half inward toward the center, lengthwise, and the bottom half upward toward the center, lengthwise, to make the fabric about 10” or 11” wide. Flip the wooden structure upside down onto the fabric. Bring the short sides of the fabric inward until they meet in the middle.

Step 5: Glue Fabric

Use fabric glue to secure the two ends together. Let it sit upside down to dry overnight. This gives the glue time to dry completely. 

Step 6: Enjoy

Once the glue dries, flip the structure upright, add magazines and enjoy!

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