• Gently lift the book cloth away from the board by sliding a folder or dull knife under the book cloth on the outer cover. 
  • Lift the book cloth only as far as the cut at the top of the endpaper will allow, lifting a thin layer of book board with the cloth if necessary.


  • Try not to crease the book cloth as it is lifted or the crease line will show when the cloth is glued back in position.
  • Insert a piece of thin cardboard between the original book cloth and the book board to use as a cutting surface.
  • Place a straight edge along the ragged edge of the book cloth and use an X-acto knife or scalpel to trim the book cloth away from the hinge area.
  • Try not to trim away any print or decoration on the cover.
  • Turn the book over and repeat on the other side