Hi there! Are you OC as me? Do you want to cover your books but you don’t want to leave adhesive tapes marking your books? Then here’s the help you need. Today, I will show you how to cover books using paper and protective plastics. I recommend using paper for hardcover books without dust jackets while I tend to use plastic for paperbacks and hardcovers with dust jackets. (Having trouble with stubborn book stickers? Click here to navigate!)
Then let’s start the tutorial using paper,
Pick a paper of your choosing, for this tutorial I’ve used a tracing paper.
Mark the paper with 1 1/2 inch on the top and bottom while a 3-inch allowance on the sides.
Fold the paper sharply. Provide another 1/4 allowance from the 1 1/2 inch earlier. If you skipped this one, the book will not fit.
Seal the folded area with a tape. I suggest to use a frosted tape (or magic tape) since you can remove it with ease if you happen to misplace the tape. Do not seal the area on the sides, (remember the three-inch allowance? Do not place tape on that!)
Fold the first side and make a sharp crease. This will serve as the flap for your dust jacket.
Now, insert the front cover of the book carefully.
Flatten the area from the front side up to the back panel.
Now fold the back flap, provide a little allowance. You wouldn’t want your jacket to have some creases if you folded it too tight.
This is the tricky part, carefully insert the back panel of the book, make sure you will not crack the spine nor its binding.
This optional, since you are using paper, you may want to label your book.
Ta da! Isn’t that thing a beauty?
Since most of us are using protective plastic covers for our books, I’ve also created a guide for protecting your books, especially with hardcovers.
Here is what you will be needing for protecting your books.
First, roll down your plastic on the table.
Second, remove the dust jacket.
Now place the dust jacket above the plastic and measure it. Provide enough allowances on the top, bottom and the sides. Please be extra careful on this step.
When you are satisfied with it, cut the plastic carefully.
Place the dust jacket underneath the plastic cover.
Flip it over, and make sharp creases and folds on the plastic. Do it on the top and bottom sides.
Now fold the sides, make sure that the plastic has enough room since the creases from the dust jacket itself might restrict movements from the plastic if not measured and folded correctly. Make small triangles on the sides while folding so that there are no extra plastic visible once it’s finished.
Secure the triangles with a tape. Do it on both sides. See that the tapes are not attached to the material of the dust jacket?
Now place back the plastic covered dust jacket back to the book.
This step is optional. If you don’t want the dust jacket falling over, secure it with a tape. Like I said earlier, I suggest to use frosted tape since it’s easy to remove and will not leave adhesive residues once it is removed.
Bob’s your uncle! If you have any other questions, write them down below. I hope you find this post helpful.