book covers

Throughout your school years, every first week of school you'll most likely be asked to put book covers on your school books to protect them. Some schools allow the stretchy BookSox protectors, but some old-fashioned teachers will only settle for paper bag covers. Book covers are an economic choice for schools because it allows them to keep books in decent condition so they don't have to buy books as often. It is also a popular choice for college students who buy or rent their books and intend on selling them back for a decent return. If you college books get in shaggy shape they won't be worth near as much.

Though as a college student you may get a few funny stares when you walk arouynd with your middle school paper bag book covers, just warning you.

Maybe it's just me, but every year I learned to make paper bag book covers and then sure as the sun rises the next year I had forgotten how. I'd have to go back and learn how to make a paper bag book cover again.

So as you stare hopelessly at that paper grocery bag trying to decide how to attack it, try using the steps of this tutorial and you'll realize it's not quite as difficult as it seems.

What you will need:

  • Brown paper bag or package paper, the kind you wrap packages with
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Textbooks.

How long will it take?

A few minutes per book.

How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover:

  1. Cut open a brown paper bag. Remove the flap formed by the bottom of the bag so that you have one large sheet of brown paper.

  2. Place the book in the center of the your brown cut up bag.

  3. Wrap the paper up across the bottom of the book and make a crease along the bottom cover.

  4. Repeat Step 3 for the top of the book.

  5. Remove the book from the paper.

  6. Fold the paper up at the bottom crease and down at the top crease. You should have a strip of paper big enough to cover the book from top to bottom.

  7. Place the book back in the center of the paper. Wrap the paper across the front of the book from left to right and adjust the book position until the two ends of the paper are even.

  8. 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 created by the paper folded over at the top and the bottom. Slide the paper down over the book until you hit the crease.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for the back cover of the book.

  10. If the cover fits snugly, you can stop at this point. If it seems a little loose or the top and bottom folds are not lying flat, you can use small pieces of tape to pull the front and the inside flap together a little more securely.

Now you should have some perfectly covered and protected textbooks. Yay for protecting school property! However, I always say my book covers as little drawing canvases for when I am in class.

So break out your pen and have fun. Don't forget to take a drawing break every now and then and learn something though.