No Sew Book Protector




 Hi, I wanted to make my prized Chibi Vampire manga books well protected. Well after much thinking I thought of an answer, why not build a case? After searching Instructables, I did not find a Instructable to suit my needs. After many weeks of planning I knew how I was going to build my case.
Like the title says it requires no sewing experience at all. None. So you can build with me or just read my Instructable. Hope you enjoy it!

Note: the books may have cover changes. this is because I lent one of the Three I have, and got this one the day before.

Step 1: Sketch Out Your Plan.

 When making your case you need to know several things.

1) How big do I want it to be? This includes measuring you book, materials using, etc.
2) Do I have enough material? Enough fabric, glue, etc.
3)What should I use for my Backbone?

Materials needed:
Fabric, any kind will do.
Hot Glue gun and Glue.
Some kind of binding unit. i.e. Hook and loops, Velcro, etc.
Backbone unit. i.e.  Wood/Metal sheets.

Materials used:
Hot Glue Gun and Glue.
Cut pieces of White board.

Step 2: Measuring and Placing

 First thing you need to do is measure your book. I measured mine then added 1/2 a centimeter to each side. After cutting lay your fabric design down and measure how far across then cut more then needed. When you made a triangle from the ends, glue a magnet to the middle of the triangle. Then take the top fold it over the magnet and glue in place.

Step 3: The Trickiest Part

Now this is the absolute hardest part of the project. What you nee to do is put your book in the case, close it up, and put the other fastener on.
           Now if you chose magnet like I did, read carefully.
You need to put the magnet over the enclosed magnet, fold the book in the case, and trace the outer magnet.
Next you need to take the magnet, put some glue on it, tuck it under the pocket and glue it to the frame by the circle you marked.
You got that?

Step 4: The Strip

 Now that the hard part is out of the way, time to make the strip that will secure the book.

First, measure a piece longer than needed.
Next, fold the current piece in thirds, long ways.
Now glue it to the main frame. (Picture 3)

Step 5: Making It All Pretty

 Now to make this thing start to look nice.

Cut a piece, say it with me now, "bigger than you need it to be" and fold the all the edges over.
Measure the right size you need it to be, and glue in place, but leave a gap near the strip.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

 Now put the book in the case and measure the strip and cut off the excess.

Glue it in place and seal the hole from earlier.

I glued the strip totally down to make sure it doesn't move.

Step 7: Conclusion

 In conclusion the end product looks very nice and well made.

Please be sure to comment!

If you want you can take this design tweak it some then post an Instructable, just be sure to credit me!



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    11 Discussions

    Doctor What

    9 years ago on Introduction

     Great!  My manga tend to get a little roughed up if I take them places, like my most recent victims, Gyo 1 and 2 (which were my favorites).  Unfortunately, the corners get all gunky, pages flip over, covers bend backwards, and the beautiful, matte black cover turns to a disgusting, barely held together sheath for the pages inside. 

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    Iridium7Doctor What

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     yeah.It always seems when I lend someone a book, it ends up looking like they beat a puppy with it.

    Doctor WhatIridium7

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Tends to happen.  I remember the first puppy I beat with manga.  His name was Sam, and I used Vagabond (the second book in the series).  The blood from the canine's head really enhanced the gory effects of the samurai action.  

    Iridium7Doctor What

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     I remember my cat was being annoying, so I took my least fav manga and beat him to a bloody pulp. Never bothered me again.

    Doctor WhatIridium7

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Cats only learn after they receive internal damage.  But then again, it depends on the species.  For instance, Himalayans will learn if you just look at them sternly because they have very fragile feelings.  Siamese cats on the other hand require massive internal bleeding before they are even house trained.  They're also masochistic animals, so you have to be aware of your knives.

    Doctor WhatIridium7

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     That would kill it though!  You need something that will maim it for days and days, licking the wound and whimpering at every passing muscle movement!  Just ask my sister, I've tried it on her before.

    Except hers was filled with sand and habanero pepper powder.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice design, I usually read when I take public transit to and from work, but I find my books get beat up when I take them in and out of my bag, this is a great way to protect them.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    thanks! My books getting beat up is the reason I came up with this. Seeing my manga book returned to me in this condition almost made me cry. :)