Simple steps to turn a book to E-book cover

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This project makes a great gift for someone with an e-reader. It’s unique, inexpensive to make, and practical. I personally love it. I think it’s sneaky. And I love sneaky! And, with this book to e-book cover tutorial you can sit down and make it in no time at all!! What a great gift idea!


  • Old book a bit larger and thicker then your e-reader/tablet.
  • poster board
  • fabric
  • elastic
  • hot glue gun and sticks.

DSCN7988DSCN79891. Take the cover off the cover. You know…that plastic one. You want the old book looking one on the inside.

DSCN79902. Remove the pages of the book. I used a craft knife for this.


3. Grab some poster board and cut 2 pieces to fit each side of the book.


4. Cover the pieces of poster  board with fabric.


5. Cut strips of elastic and use to secure your e-reader. Attach to the back with hot glue or super glue.


6. Use hot glue or super glue to attach the covered board to your book interior.
(I added a strip of fabric down the center as well)


Add a pocket if you like. I used Liquid Stitch instead of sewing.

NellieBellie: ebook cover from book. a tutorial

There you have it. An e-book cover from an old book. Isn’t that just too fun!

Don’t be too impressed. I am not the first person to do this. And there are lots of tutorials online. If you don’t like this one…go looking and you will find just the right one! If you don’t want to do this project right now, but want to save the tutorial for later…pin it!

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Gwen

    November 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

    That is a great itdea! I love the fabric, too. It’s so fun!

  2. Kelly @ View Along the Way

    November 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    What a fun idea! Pinning it!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      thanks so much Kelly!!

  3. Bliss

    November 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Cute my dear.

  4. keri @ shaken together

    November 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love the idea to recycle an old book to hold a fancy new e-book .. that IS sneaky! And it’s so pretty!

  5. Megan

    November 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Great idea! It looks so unique and pretty. Megan

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Ooooh…I like those words :). Thanks!

  6. westcoast_pisces_girl

    November 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’ve seen others before, but I love how yours turned out, all book on the outside with cute fabric on the inside. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

      thank you! Yes…there are alot of great resources out there!

  7. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    November 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Loving this idea Janel! Perfect really is perfect!

  8. laurel@chippingwithcharm

    November 5, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Great idea…love it :)

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

      thank you so much!

  9. Inspire Me Heather

    November 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I was just thinking about making one myself this weekend too – really! Yours looks great, very pretty!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Thank you!!! It was easy and simple!
      Do it! You’ll be so pleased :)

  10. Jessica Gosney Kielman

    November 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Oh my goodness! I totally need to make one of these for Kate’s Kindle! Thanks for the great tutorial!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

      I’ve put this off for a bit thinking it was tricky.
      It so wasn’t! Easy!
      Seriously…like 20 minutes.

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