Back in the olden days life was different. I won't lie and tell you all I had to walk uphill to school both ways, without shoes, in the snow. No, it was much worse.
I had to walk uphill both ways to the pay phone. Cell phones weren't even invented!! I was lucky enough not to be barefoot. However, my penny loafers had gone obsolete years earlier when the price of calls increased. To make a call, I had to literally dig a quarter out of my Esprit bag.
Not only all that, but purchaseable bookcovers didn't even exist. We had to make our own out of another item you may only have heard of... brown paper bags.
If you can find one of these relics, you are on your way to the best book cover you have ever owned!
As I did this project, I learned a couple things. Brown bags are lighter weight than they used to be. They are also folded differently. Never fear, with just a pair of scissors and some tape you can make this without too much trouble. (When I was a kid, tape was not needed.)
Start by cutting open your bag down the center fold of both skinny sides.
When you get to the end, cut across the bottom fold to the corners.
You will have made this.
Don't try lifting the flaps in the center back. Bags are now made so that the triangular area underneath is missing... at least the ones in my town are.
Lay your book on top and mark just outside the edges.
Use a straight edge to fold the bag along this mark. Please note, before I folded, I flipped my bag over so that the grocery store marketing was on the inside and wouldn't show.
Take the left end of your folded bag and bring it up and around so that you can slide the front cover into it. Don't worry if the edges are folding out a little or the cover seems loose and sloppy. We'll fix all of that.
Close the book and take a look at the right end. You will have lots of extra. Cut it off leaving enough to make the back flap.
From this part you just cut off, cut two tabs to connect the folds near the outer edges of your cover. This will ensure those edges can't creep out.
You will have to remove the front cover to do this. I glued my connecting tabs in place with a tape runner leaving the middle free so that I could still slide my book in place.
When you put the back cover in, you will realize that as you close the book the cover gets tighter. Play with it until you have the perfect tightness when the book is closed. Then crease it really well. Now when you open the book, the cover will slide out. It will slide back into place when you close it.
Your cover will now look like this. See how this new, effecient bag folding messes up our cover? Never fear, I have some adhesive glitter for that!
I cut some long triangles from the dark burgundy sheet for the front side.
The back looked like this...
Until I continued the glitter triangles with some 1" strips. (By the way, I used just less than one sheet of glitter in total for this project.)
These are almost as good as the originals. The inside flaps make awesome pockets and the covers can be doodled on all year long.