More Book Cover Patterns for school!

It’s almost school time again and I wanted to show you a way to spruce up those boring bookcovers!  After all, a long school day could certainly use some sunshine!  I created fun book covers using the technique called Iris Folding!

iris folded book cover

iris folded book covers for school

The plan was to revamp the old version of the book cover.  You know, the one that is made from a grocery bag?  I used to make them all the time for my kids when they were in school.  Anyway, I decided to use a technique called Iris Folding with bright colored papers to make those boring bookcovers exciting.

For this project I used:

Several sheets of different colors of bright colored cardstock
A paper grocery bag
Glue Stick
Tacky Glue

iris folding pattern

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Begin by cutting your paper bag open as shown, and then cut off the bottom flap, so that you have one large sheet of paper.

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With printed side of the grocery bag up, place the book on top and fold down the top and bottom edges of the paper to match the top and bottom of the book.

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Fold one end of the paper and slide the front cover of the book into the open end until the edge of the cover meets your fold.

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Close the book and crease the other end of the paper where the edge of back cover meets it.  Slide the back cover into the open fold.  Your book cover is now complete.  Well, your boring bookcover is complete.

Now let’s spice it up some with colorful paper!

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  • Janet July 17, 2017, 10:00 am

    Hi there what a lovely pattern they are so so very cute and I have also subscribed thank you so much


  • Shannell Goldsby September 30, 2016, 9:43 am

    Thanks for being so creative and sharing your talent with us. My daughter and I enjoyed making these book covers… Cheers to you and your gift.

    • Susan Myers October 4, 2016, 12:39 am

      Hi Shannell!

      I’m so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed the tutorial! Thank you so much for the kind words!

  • Sahana August 28, 2016, 9:03 pm

    Looks like a fun idea!! Love how bright and colorful they look.Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  • Pauline Molinari August 23, 2016, 11:58 pm

    These are SO fun! Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration on this week’s Monday Funday Party!

  • swapna August 22, 2016, 7:53 am

    These are gorgeous!

  • jyotsna July 15, 2016, 11:10 am

    amazing we love them and you

  • Anonymous September 3, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Oh wow, I forgot how we all use to cover books at school. Nothing as elaborate as this though. Looks amazing. Stopping by from Idea Box :

  • Kati September 2, 2015, 2:26 pm

    These look incredible. And they look like so much fun to make, maybe even a little soothings or hypnotizing.

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