Brown bag book cover {old school}.

It's official. All of my children are back in school. I'm ready for the routines, earlier bedtimes {& wake-ups} and more order that comes with a school schedule. We had to do another supply shopping trip tonight; sheesh! While helping my daughter get ready for her eighth grade classes, I showed her how us old-timers used to cover our text books// brown bags. This was an event at our house growing up in middle and high school. My sister and I couldn't wait to get the bags from the store, cut them up and decorate them {the best part, of course}.

Supplies. 

Supplies. 

Cut the bottom off of the bag and cut open along the seam. 

Cut the bottom off of the bag and cut open along the seam. 

Once the bottom is cut off, fold the bottom and top edges to match the spine of the book. Fold over the flaps and tuck the book covers into the channels made by the folds. Inside covers should look like this: 

inside fold.jpg

And the finished product is a blank canvas, ready for some artwork, stickers or other creative markings. I HATE those stretchy, polyester feeling book covers that usually have some wild and gaudy print. This paper bag cover is surprisingly durable and over time it begins to get a soft patina. Best part: it reminds me of my school days! Add a Pee Chee folder to the mix, and it's the 80's all over again.  

{Almost} makes me want to go back to school. 

{Almost} makes me want to go back to school. 

I can't believe my era is now considered 'vintage' material; sigh...
Happy school days, friends.
xox- susan