How to Make Dust Jackets for Books

If you want to know how to make a dust jacket for a book, you’ve come to the right place. This blog post will show you everything you need to know, from what materials to use to how to put it all together.

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If you are a book lover, you probably have a nice collection of books that you have acquired over the years. Many people have books that are valuable to them, either because of the sentimental value or because they are rare and collectible. In either case, you may want to consider making dust jackets for your books.

Dust jackets are covers that go over the outside of a book. They are usually made out of paper or cloth and help to protect the book from dust, dirt, and other elements. They also give the book a finished look and can make it more attractive on a shelf. If you make your own dust jackets, you can choose materials that complement the look of your book collection and add a personal touch.

There are a few things you need to know before you get started making dust jackets for your books. First, you need to know what size cover you need. Second, you need to decide what kind of material you want to use. And finally, you need to figure out how to attach the cover to the book.

Once you have gathered all of the supplies you need, making dust jackets for your books is relatively easy. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Measure the width, height, and depth of your book. You will need these measurements to determine what size cover you need.
2. Cut a piece of paper or cloth that is slightly larger than your book’s dimensions. This will allow for some overlap on all sides of the book.
3. Fold the material in half lengthwise and then in half again widthwise. This will create four fold lines that will help keep your dust jacket in place whenyou attach it to the book later on..
4Pin or glue the folded edges together so that they hold their shape whileyou work with them..
5 Unfold the material and then refold it along its length so that it forms acylinder shape around your book..
6 Pin or glue the seams together so that they hold their shape..
7 Trim any excess material from aroundthe edges if necessary..
8 Once everything is dry, removethe pins or glue and carefully slip your dust jacket over your book..
9 If desired, decorateyour Dust Jacket with stamps, stencils, markers, or whatever elseyou can think of!

What You’ll Need

To make your own dust jacket, you will need the following materials:
-1 sheet of black or dark colored construction paper
-1 sheet of lighter colored construction paper

1. Cut the black or dark colored construction paper to fit the front and back covers of your book. Make sure to leave a ½ inch border around all sides of the book.
2. Cut the lighter colored construction paper to fit the spine of your book. Again, make sure to leave a ½ inch border around all sides.
3. Glue the black or dark construction paper to the front and back covers of your book. Tape the spine piece in place.
4. Trim any excess paper from around the edges of your book dust jacket.

Step One: Measure and Cut the Paper

Before you begin, you’ll need to gather your supplies. You will need a sheet of 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper, a pencil, scissors, a stapler, and clear tape.

Once you have your supplies, you’ll need to measure and cut the paper. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, then unfold it. Next, fold the paper in half widthwise and crease the fold. Unfold the paper and cut along the crease. You should now have two pieces of paper that are 4 1/4-by-5 1/2 inches.

Now it’s time to start assembling your dust jacket!

Step Two: Fold the Paper

Now that you have your paper cut to size, it’s time to start folding! The first fold will be the longest, and you’ll want to make sure it’s as close to the center of the page as possible. You should end up with a long, thin strip that’s about an inch wide.

Fold the paper in half again, this time bringing the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Once again, you should end up with a long, thin strip that’s an inch wide.

Now it’s time for the final fold. This one will be a little different, though – instead of folding the paper in half, you’re going to fold it in thirds. To do this, take the top third of the paper and bring it down so that it meets the bottom third. Now you should have a rectangular shape that’s about three inches wide and six inches long.

Step Three: Attach the Paper to the Book

With the wrong side of the paper facing up, Center the paper on the book. Make sure that the top and bottom of the paper are even with the top and bottom of the book, and that the spine of the paper is in line with the spine of the book. Fold the excess paper around to the back of the book, and use clear tape to secure it in place.

Step Four: Add the Flaps

Now that you have the body of your dust jacket complete, it’s time to add the flaps. Flaps are the triangular pieces of paper attached to the inside of a dust jacket, and they serve several purposes. They help secure the dust jacket to the book, they provide space for blurbs and reviews, and they can be used to advertise other books in a series.

To add flaps to your dust jacket, start by folding the dust jacket in half lengthwise. Then, measure 1 inch from the top and bottom of the spine, and mark those points with a pencil. Next, cut two triangles out of poster board or cardstock, making sure that each triangle is 1 inch wide at the base and 4 inches long.

Now it’s time to attach the flaps. Place one triangle on the inside of the dust jacket so that its base lines up with the pencil mark at the top of the spine. Use a pen or a pencil to trace around the triangle, then remove it and cut along the line you just traced. Repeat this process with the second triangle at the bottom of the spine.

Finally, use glue or double-sided tape to attach each triangle flap to its corresponding opening in the dust jacket. Once both flaps are in place, your dust jacket is complete!

Step Five: Finish the Edges

If you want your book jacket to lay flat, you will need to finish the edges. This is a three-step process: first, fold the raw edge under; second, press with an iron; third, use a straight stitch or zigzag stitch along the folded edge to finish it off. You can also choose to merely fold the raw edge over twice and press with an iron for a simple, yet clean look.

Step Six: Decorate the Dust Jacket

Now that you have your paper cut to size and folded, it’s time to decorate the dust jacket! You can use whatever you like to decorate your dust jacket. Some people like to use paint, crayons, markers, or even decoupage. Be creative!

If you are using paint, crayons, or markers, make sure that you use a light hand. You don’t want the colors to be too heavy, otherwise they will bleed through the paper and ruin your book!

Once you have finished decorating your dust jacket, let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.


In conclusion, making dust jackets for books is a simple process that requires only a few materials and tools. With a little practice, you can make professional-looking dust jackets that will protect your books and make them look great on your shelves.

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