Introduction: How to Make a Duct Tape Book Cover

As the school year started, i bought a few book covers for my textbooks. To my complete expectations, the book covers began to rip...in the first month. so i had to find a way to make quality book covers that will last a LONG time. My solution? Duct tape.


P.S. this ible is a little time consuming but the finished outcome will be worth it.
This isnt something you will probably whant to do to all your textbooks(unless you want to), but its great for books that you probably carry around all the time. 

Step 1: Materials

1. Duct tape(of course)
2. A ruler
3. pen(prefferably bright)
4. textbook of your choice
5. and scissors

Step 2: Making the Fabric

This is probably the most important step because the outcome of the fabric will affect the overall look and the durability. You whant to make sure you are very careful on making the fabric, but dont stress out to much on it.

First lay down a strip of tape sticky side up a tiny bit taller than the hight of your textbook. Then lay down another strip of tape about the same length on top of that strip of tape halfway down face down. Fold the sticky part of the first tape over the face down tape. It might sound complicated, but its pretty easy. Flip that entire piece over and put another piece of tape face down, same length, on the sticky part of that piece. Keep repeating this process until you get a fibric about 6 inches longer than your books length when it is flat OPEN.  

Step 3: Making the Fabric Neater

After you finish the fabric, you need to cut off the ugly edges( unless you made it perfectly perfect). Using the ruler and the pen, draw a STRAIGHT line on both sides of the fabric  with the edges being the length of the first strip of tape. Cut those lines with the scissors as straight and as carefully as you can.

Step 4: Fixing the Fabric for Book

This step will probably take a lot of adjusting to fit the fabric to your book.
Make sure the fabric runs off at least 3 inches on each side of the book when it is flat open. Mark the lines on the edges of the book on the fabric to know where you need to fold the fabric. Make sure the height of the fabric is not to tall for the book.

Step 5: Folding the Flaps

Flaps need to be made to hold the book. So, on the lines you drew from measuring the open book, fold over on those lines and secure with tape. Make it a tight crease and if you need to, place a weight on the top of that fold for a few minutes to fold it down.

Step 6: Just Add Book!

Finaly, you are done! This cover will last a very long time( assuming you did it right, right?). This cover also prevents any accidental water spills on the front or back of  the book!
Well thats all folks! Go out and show your cover with pride...or just keep it in your room:)

P.S. Take it a step further! Add patterns of tape, different colors, brightness, decorate, you can do so many add ons to this book cover! Have fun!

Comments

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ryguy27 (author)2012-01-30

This Was Very Fun To Make And Works Really Well! Nicely Done!

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code807 (author)2011-10-19

i did this before i found this lol. well done cover, waaay neater than mine.

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aNjaSqurl (author)2011-02-16

It would be interesting to see something like this combined with some of that chalk board paint. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but it would be kind of fun IMHO.

I'm certainly going to look into making some of these for books.

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