How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag

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How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


As my kids get older and older, there seems to be more and more books that we need to cover. I have become a pro at turning brown grocery store bags into neat little school book covers. Yesteray, I covered my son’s Math book cover into a homemade comic book cover.  Today, I decided to cover my daughter’s book with book cover made from a decorated gift bag. I will detail how I turned a gift bag into a homemade school textbook cover in the tutorial / article below.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(1) First, get out a gift bag that you don’t need anymore. I used a gift bag that my daughter received a birthday present in.


where to cut the gift bag


(2) You will now need to cut out either the right or left side of the gift bag and also the bottom of the gift bag. Look at the blue lines above. (Please note that in the picture above, I had already cut the side of the bag open.)


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(3) After you cut out the side and bottom of the bag, it should lay out easily, like you see above.


Now lay the book on to the center of the gift bag


(4) Now lay the book in the center of the gift bag…or if the bag is big enough, place the book where you think the decoration will meet the front of the book. Trace the bottom and top of the book onto the gift bag’s surface.


how to make a book cover from a gift bag


(5) Now fold the top of the bag down and the bottom of the bag up so that they meet the 2 lines that you drew in step 5.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(6) Now place the book back onto the gift bag (on top of the newly created flaps).


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(7) Open up your book so that you can fold the gift bag over your book’s cover.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(8) Next, fold your gift bag’s flaps over your book book’s cover. The book cover should slide into the book’s flaps that you just created.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(9) This is what it should look like (above) when the one side of the book’s covers is slid into the brown paper bag flaps. You should take some scotch tape to tape the flaps onto the front of the gift bag. A few pieces should do the trick.

The other side of the book’s cover is harder to fit into the gift  bag flaps, so you will probably have to slide the bag over the book cover.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(11) If all works out well, your book cover should look like this. If you had problems, you might need to use more tape. This is fine too. Ask your parents for help if you just can’t do it. Don’t feel bad, it is a bit tough the first few times you try to do your own book cover (for parents who are out of practice too). 🙂

Here is our video on How to Make a Book Cover out of a Gift Bag

Good Luck.  Also visit yesterday’s post Homemade Comic Book Cover From a Grocery Store Bag

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