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How to Repurpose a Book Sleeve

How to repurpose a Book jacketI don’t know why I didn’t think about repurposing a book sleeve sooner. It’s is a really fun upcycling project and purposeful recycling project because book sleeves tend to get tossed out in the trash or they stay on books and get all beat up and end up looking awful on your bookshelf. So in the spirit of an eco holiday, let’s reuse book sleeves (or book jackets) for a green gift wrapping alternative.

You’ve probably noticed that the laminated paper used for book sleeves is comparable to the material used to make gift bags.

Follow the graphic below as a template for cutting and scoring a book jacket to repurpose it into a “green” gift bag.

repurpose book sleeve gift bag template

How to repurpose a book sleeveHow to Repurpose a Book Sleeve into a Gift Bag

1. The end flaps that wrap around to the inside of the book cover will over lap and be glued, forming one side of the bag.

2.Score the length of the book sleeve, a few inches from the bottom. Use your judgement to trim off graphics that will look distracting on the main panels of the gift bag.

3. Below the score line will create the four flaps that will fold in and be glued to form the bottom of the bag.

4. Punch two holes in the upper part of the main panels. Insert ribbon and knot to make bag handles.

More Ways to Recycle a Book Dust Jacketgo green with upcycled book dust cover

1. Mod Podge them onto tiles to make coasters – really fun with cook books

2. Add cardstock to the pack and make them into DIY postcards.

3. Make them into a pencil case that matches your book – absolutely adorable pre-school gift idea!

See the video below on how to repurpose a kid’s book jacket into a pencil case!

How to Make a Pencil Case Out of a Book Sleeve —powered by

ways to repurpose a book jacket

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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One Response to How to Repurpose a Book Sleeve

  1. Lucy Schmidt December 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Great ideas, since the artwork on the covers is often fun, graphic & colorful. I particularly like the gift bag. What a great way to gift any book.

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