August 12, 2011
Make It : A Simple, Recycled Textbook Cover!
Posted by Jim Noonan
It's back-to-school time and in celebration of this yearly event, I thought I would share a simple and eco-conscious way to cover all those textbooks. When I was a high-schooler, it was always one of my least favorite things to do (I actually got detention once for failing to cover my geometry textbook by the teacher's given deadline!), but this method, passed on to me by my ever-resourceful mother, created covers that seemed to last much longer than those of my peers and did a fabulous job at protecting the books from the wear and tear of lockers and book bags.
All you need is a paper grocery bag, a pair of sharp scissors, and a little bit of tape.
1 Start with a paper grocery bag and a sharp pair of scissors.
2 Cut out the bottom panel of the bag, and carefully remove any handles. Then cut the bag straight up its side along the seam.
3 Open the bag completely, and position any details or graphics facing upward, toward the book you are covering.
4 Open the front cover of the book, and use one of the natural folds in the bag to create the first side flap.
5 Secure the flap with the book itself, and open the back cover. Trim any excess, and then fold the bag to create the back flap.
6 Close the back cover to secure the flap, adjusting the bag as necessary for a flush, tight fit.
7 Use the book as a template by pressing gently along the top and bottom edges...
8 ...to create a visible crease.
9 Remove the cover from the book, and fold along those creases.
10 Now fold along the initial side fold to create the flap/pocket for the front cover.
11 Insert the front cover into the front pocket, making sure that it is snug and secure.
12 Carefully do the same thing with the back cover, adjusting the positioning of the cover as necessary.
13 The cover should fit snugly and cleanly against the book.
14 For added protection, use a piece of tape to secure the front of the cover to each pocket.
15 A perfectly covered book!
Was this method helpful to you? What techniques do you use?
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