How to Cover a Textbook

How to Cover a Textbook

In honor of the back-to-school season, I have a little quiz for you.

Lori has six children. Five of her children have finished high school and one has finished grammar school. If there are two semesters/year and if each child averages five textbooks per semester, then Lori:

  • A)  Has covered nearly 5000 textbooks
  • B)  Is an expert on covering textbooks
  • C)  Has made nearly 1,000,000 bag lunches
  • D)  All of the above

If you answered D, you are correct!  You get an “A” on today’s quiz.   Congratulations, keep up the good work!

Because I am an expert on covering textbooks, I thought I’d offer this photo tutorial.

How to Cover a TextbookCut a seam down one side of a bag.

How to Cover a TextbookRemove the bottom of the bag and discard.

How to Cover a TextbookNow you have a long piece of paper to use as the textbook cover.

How to Cover a Textbook

Fold over three to four inches on the length of the bag–toward the printed side.

How to Cover a TextbookPlace the textbook just below the folded edge.

How to Cover a TextbookWith the textbook in place, fold  up the bottom edge of the paper bag and create a crease.

How to Cover a TextbookFold the bottom edge of the bag on the crease line determined above.

How to Cover a TextbookPlace the textbook in the middle of the folded bag.

How to Cover a TextbookOpen the front cover of the textbook.  Fold over one side of the prepared bag and thread the cover into the slot created.

How to Cover a TextbookThis is what it should look like.

How to Cover a TextbookThis is what it looks like on the inside of the front cover.

How to Cover a TextbookWith the textbook closed, trim the right side of the bag if necessary.

How to Cover a TextbookFlip the textbook over.  The back of the book is now on top.  Again, with the textbook closed, crease the paper at the textbook’s edge.

How to Cover a TextbookThe arrow above shows the creased line. Slide the back cover only to this line.

How to Cover a TextbookAgain, slide the back cover into the paper bag. The back cover requires a bit more finesse to slide into the proper position.

How to Cover a TextbookThe back cover now looks like the photo above.

How to Cover a TextbookFinally, add tape to the top and the bottom of both the front and the back of the textbook.

How to Cover a TextbookIMPORTANT: The tape is on the paper bag only.  Do not tape it TO the textbook!  

How to Cover a TextbookThat’s it!  A perfectly covered textbook—no end of the year “damaged book charges”!

How to Cover a Textbook

If you have a lot of books to cover, you might consider buying a roll of brown wrap available at craft and office supply stores.  One roll lasts forever and doubles as emergency gift wrap!

The above was the “Boys version“…If you have girls, you can use any pretty bag and washi tape and stickers and colored pens….

How to Cover a Textbook

4 thoughts on “How to Cover a Textbook

  1. My kids are adults now, but I remember covering text books with paper bags. I like your instructions. I found that the covers lasted longer when I used a lot of clear packing tape on all the edges.

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