Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Purse

Today we are making a Book Purse.  Yes, that is correct a Book Purse.

Supplies needed-
1 book (I really like the covers of Readers Digest)
1 purse handle set
ribbon or elastic
1 button
fabric glue

Cut the pages and binding with an exacto knife.

Measure the book while open flat.
Add an inch to both length and width to make the lining.
Now cut fabric to width and length.
Fold fabric 1/2" under on all sides and iron.
Sew 1/4" seam for a finished look (you don't have to sew).

Cut 2 strips the size of book spine out of cardboard.

Stand the book on its end with the cover open at a 45 degree angle.  Trace around the book and make a line straight across the open end.  To each side add 1/2" and cut out.  Fold fabric 1/2" in and iron flat.

Fold the fabric in half and put long side of template on the fold of fabric and cut.  Rights sides out glue together (the edges do not need to have a clean look).  You will need 2 pieces for each end of the purse.

Cut ribbon into 4, 4" pieces.  Center purse handle.  Slide ribbon thru handle of purse and hot glue to book.  Repeat with other end of handle and other purse handle.

Cut 2 strips of ribbon or elastic to make loop for button, hot glue 1 loop/strip centered between handle.  Thread 2nd strip thru button and tie a knot under button.  Make sure the button can slip thru the looped strip on other side of purse.  Hot glue to center of handle

Hot glue the tips of triangles to the inside of the spine of book (make sure you have enough fabric to cover edge of book).  Hot glue 1 cardboard strip into the spine- covering the fabric tips for support.

Attach the fabric triangles to the sides of the book using fabric glue (I do not recommend hot glue because it will show.)  Let dry.

Now attach the lining with fabric glue starting at one long edge of book and glue down and work your way to the other side.  Press with your fingers to get out any air bubbles.  Clamp while drying.

Cover 2nd cardboard strip with fabric and hot glue into the inner spine.  This will flatten the lining and offer more stability. 

I am sorry that I don't have pictures for all of the directions.  I was so into making the book I forgot to get the camera into gear.
I hope you noticed the "Way to Geaux Meaux"- this is a special purse for my Grand-Daughter's Graduation.
We are so proud of you!


  1. This is a really cute idea! I wanted to let you know that I posted a project I made using some of the fabric you gave me.

  2. This is a really cute idea!! My daughter would love this. I think my to do list just go a little longer!

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  4. Love this. You could make one for a friend out of their favorite book as a great gift!


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