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Back-to-School Crafts

Styling Book Covers

Make Styling Book Covers for your school books.
Make Styling Book Covers for your school books.

These Styling Book Covers make schoolbooks look great and are a good back-to-school craft for older kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Thin cardboard
  • Felt
  • Fabric
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Elastic strips
  • Needle and thread

Step 1: For each book you want to cover, open the book and lay it flat with the back and front covers facing you. Cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit over the book's surface. Cut your piece about 1/2 inch larger at the sides.


Step 2: Make 2 creases in the middle of the cardboard (the width of the spine) so that it will bend easily when the book is opened and closed.

Step 3: Glue a piece of fabric or felt onto the cardboard. Make sure the cloth is at least 1 inch larger than the cardboard all around.

Step 4: Fold the extra fabric on the other side of the cardboard, and glue it in place.

Step 5: Cover the remaining cardboard by gluing another piece of felt or fabric onto it.

Step 6: A couple inches from either end, sew an elastic strip top to the bottom on the inside of the book cover you just made -- be sure the elastic is stretched a bit so the book cover stays in place.

Step 7: Slide the front and back covers of your schoolbook into these strips to hold the book in place.

Step 8: Decorate the outside of your new book cover with felt cutouts.

Now you're ready to go back to school in style!

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