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!

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

Free Pattern: Rounded Iris Fold

Free Pattern: Iris Folding Pattern2

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.

iris paper folding book covers

This is the Iris Folding Pattern that I am using for this project.

iris paper folding book covers

Choose a color and cut a strip of paper that is wider than your numbered section when folded.

iris paper folding book covers

Fold it lengthwise and place over the section, starting with section number one.  Be sure the fold is towards the center and is facing up.  (We are working from the backside of the project).

iris paper folding book covers

Cut another color strip and fold lengthwise, placing it over section number two, tacking the two strips together with glue stick.

iris paper folding book covers

Repeat this process going around, being sure to do the sections in numerical order.

iris paper folding book covers

Continue around, in numerical order, using a glue stick to glue each strip in place.

iris paper folding book covers

The final piece is a simple square glued to cover the center.

iris paper folding book covers

Flip your project over and you will be thrilled at the effect!

For any of the patterns, draw an opening (apple, square, circle, heart shape) that is just a bit smaller than the finished Iris Fold.   Unwrap the book and cut the shape out of the cover.

Glue the Iris Fold onto the inside of the cover using tacky glue with the front side of the Iris Fold against the inside of the front cover.

Not so boring now, is it? Let your colorful creative ideas go wild!

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