With the lazy, hazy days of summer slowly coming to an end, and the colorful display of autumn only a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about school again. From shopping for school supplies to shopping for the latest fall fashions, the back-to-school ritual can be found in kindergarten classrooms and college dorms across America as students young and old stock up on the trendiest folders and backpacks, and the hottest jeans and sneakers.
Over the years, some things change while others stay the same. One of the most nostalgic age old traditions is the covering of the school books. Back in the day, it was done with paper bags. Then as manufacturers got more creative, they came up with funky waxed paper coverings, designer print wrappings and even stretchy textile shells for those thick science books and boring English journals.
To jump on the bandwagon, we at J&O decided to take the art of book covering to the next creative level with the implementation of fabric. Not only can you make great clothing , upholstered furnishings and home crafts; but what fun you will also have garmenting your boring evergreen lab books with hot pin up girls, fast race cars and cool retro prints. Add a little color here, a little design there, as your stack of much disliked studies turns into a much admired reflection of the many faces of you!
In just 10 simple steps, your cut novelty prints will turn into unique works of art that you will love. Not only will your professor approve, but your pockets will be happy too.
What you will need:
Brown paper bag or brown crafting paper
½ yard 45” fabric
Fabric spray adhesive, fabric glue or regular elmers glue
Decorative trim (optional)
Fabric Book Cover Instructions:
Cut open your paper bag from top to bottom along one of the sides. Cut off the base so that you are left with a rectangular shaped paper that will serve as your shell.
Grab your book and place it in the center of the paper. Wrap the paper up across the bottom of the book and make a crease along the bottom cover. Do the same thing for the top of the book. Now take the book off the paper.
Fold the paper up at the bottom crease and down at the top crease. If you are using brown crafting paper, cut back the paper so that it extends no more than 3-4” from the top or bottom of the book.
Place the book back at the center of the paper and bring the left side of the paper shell/cover over the book and line it up with the right side of the paper cover. Fold the overlap around the front cover of the book and make a crease. Then insert the front cover of the book into the slot that is formed by the folded top and bottom sides of the shell. When your book slides all the way until it hits the crease, stop. Now do the same with the back cover.
Note: You really should not have more than 3” worth of shell covering around the perimeter of your book. If you do, then you might want to cut back some.
Once a firm fit has been established, take the book out of the shell and put it aside for the moment.
Take your shell and unfold the sides again.
Now lay your piece of fabric flat and place the shell on top of it.
Cut the fabric out to fit the shell. Leave about 1” around the perimeter for give when folding.
With your selected adhesive, affix the back of your fabric to the paper shell and allow to dry
These simple handcrafted book covers are not only easy to make, but are also inexpensive too. With just a little bit of money and a half a yard of fabric, your classmates will know you’re a fan of Scooby Doo and football in no time.From young to old, fabric book covers are a unique and great way to personalize and protect your cherished, or not so cherished literary works.
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