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Non-Adhesive Covers

Recently someone inquired about how I made the covers for my Emerson book. They are non-adhesive covers. A super easy way to cover a book without glue or tape. Hopefully these picture instructions will show you how to make them.

What you need:

  • Text block with sturdy end sheets (I’m using an accordion made out of 80# paper. Anything thinner is really too thin for this.)
  • Cover stiffener, if desired.
  • Cover paper. I’m using Rives Lightweight. Anything that folds easily will do.
  • Bonefolder
  • ruler

 

You'll need two of each of these. One pair for the front, and one for the back.

You’ll need two of each of these. One pair for the front, and one for the back.

 

Begin by folding your paper as described in the drawing.

Begin by folding your paper as described in the drawing.

 

Nestle the horizontal into the vertical folds.

Nestle the horizontal into the vertical folds.

 

Do the same on the other side. This side is always harder.

Do the same on the other side. This side is always harder.

 

Sometimes it's easier to slide over the top.

Sometimes it’s easier to slide over the top.

 

Two pieces, nestled together. Cover completed.

Two pieces, nestled together. Cover completed.

 

If you are lucky, maybe your cat will be in your lap watching.

If you are lucky, maybe your cat will be in your lap watching.

 

Slide text block into cover.

Slide text block into cover.

 

Keep going, nearly there!

Keep going, nearly there!

 

All the way on!

All the way on!

 

Front and back covers

Front and back covers

 

At this point, you could slide a piece of cover board in to make it sturdier. 2-4 ply mat board works just fine.

At this point, you could slide a piece of cover board in to make it sturdier. 2-4 ply mat board works just fine.

 

And yes, mj is still sitting on lap. What's more handsome, the covers or the cat?

And yes, mj is still sitting on lap. What’s more handsome, the covers or the cat?

Good luck! Questions? Comment below.

2 Comments

  1. Germaine Scarborough says:

    Thank you for this demo !

  2. tara says:

    Well! MJ of course! Hands down – no contest.
    But the covers are beautiful too. 😉

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