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How to Make Book Covers

Whether you are trying to protect a borrowed book or if you need to fix up a damaged cover, make your own cover out of paper, fabric or other materials. They are easy to make and remove when you wish.
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At a very young age I was taught to organize and take extra care of my books. Until this day, I still have those kept in a box intact with their covers still in very good condition.

Now that I have a kid, I am teaching him this method. Kids can be clumsy at times, so books are prone to getting wet or dirty.

Using plastic transparent covers will help protect books from these instances. It will also keep your book covers free from getting torn or crumpled. The covers are still visible through the transparent cover and it also looks neat and formal.

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I'm interested in recovering a paperback book with either fabric (stretchy knit?) or contact paper. Any hints or patterns out there?

By Jeanette Jacobs from South of San Antonio

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful
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I am a retired school teacher and I covered books, notebooks, and anything else I got my hands on, to protect the covers. I always used clear contact paper. However, this does work with regular brown grocery bags. The only difference is that the contact paper adheres to the book, and the regular paper only covers the book but can come off.

Cut the paper so you have 1.5 inches extra on all sides.

Place the book so the back (not cover) is in the middle. Mark where all four corners of the back hit the paper. You want to cut a V out at each point. The small piece at the center back should be folded in so the fold is at the top and bottom of the book back and not interfering with the opening of the book.

Next, put the paper around the book folding the extra width inside. Now fold the top and bottom inside so you will have the corners marked.

Unfold the paper and make a 45 degree cut from the top edge of the paper (angled from back of book edge) to the corner point. DO NOT cut anything away. Repeat this for the bottom corners.

Wrap the paper all back around the book and tuck the tops in. Next, tuck the sides in. The odd shaped piece sticking out should be folded up over the top outside and then brought down and around and folded over the side to the inside. Fasten these corners down, and tape the edges of the squares on the outside to reinforce the corners.

This sounds confusing, so I would recommend trying it with a grocery bag a time or two until you get used to it. When I was in grade school we had to cover all of our books this way. Actually, once in a while they gave us "book covers" which was the large rectangular heavier paper and we still had to fold, cut and tape.

After you get used to using the paper, you can change and use clear contact paper so the covers will show through. You just have to tear off the backing in pieces and stick it tightly as you go, working from the back first, then closing the book, do the covers, and then the wrap-around corners.

Actually, it's a piece of cake!!!

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September 12, 2014

This is a page about making a fabric book cover. Put your sewing skills to work and makeup this pretty and useful craft for yourself or a friend that loves to read.

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