I've always been terrified of making slipcases. This fear is second only to making boxes. But lately I've been dreaming about making slipcases. They add a certain elegance to a book. I have also been looking for a nice way to protect my journals and sketchbooks when mailing them to their new owners. So I thought I'd give it a try.
Once I dug in and started to look for patterns for a simple slipcase I discovered it was absurdly easy.
After assembling the the case I was somewhat horrified that it looked like a paper VHS case. Not the dignified look I was after. However it's a good basic case to slip over the book for mailing.
You can make this case with a heavy card stock. I'm using a 110lb or 297gsm card stock that I bought to make greeting cards. To make life so much easier I recommend you score your folding lines.
To figure out where to put the spine measure the centre point. This paper is 11" wide so I put the centre point at 5½". Then you can centre the spine on that centre point and simply draw the lines for the spine by tracing down each side of the book. For the width of the book lay the book flat against one of the lines for the spine and trace the outside edge of the book. So now you have your measurements.
The top and bottom foldovers will always be the same width as the spine. So if you have a 1" spine then each foldover will be 1".
I used Kraft paper for the first one. I put a 2" hand punch halfway into the cover to make the semi circle. Good for pulling the book out. I'm glad I did as I had some trouble getting the book out of the wrapper.
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