A rare attempt at crafts: book purse

Following these instructions by HungryPanda I gave making a book purse a go, with a helping hand from my lovely mum 🙂

Cut out the pages from a hardcover book. Don't use one you love!

Cut out the pages from a hardcover book. Don’t use one you love!

Cut a piece of fabric the same size of the open book.

Cut a piece of fabric the same size of the open book.

Glue the fabric into the book. You can use it to strengthen the bag and also to glue over any lose bits from the outside (see next picture).

Glue the fabric into the book. You can use it to strengthen the bag and also to glue over any lose bits from the outside (see next picture).

Glue any bits you like to the outside of the book for decoration.

Glue any bits you like to the outside of the book for decoration. (This is basically what the bag will look like at the end.)

Cut a pattern that fits into the inside of the book and add two triangles for the sides of the bag. HungryPanda explains this better: "Measure the width of one side of the book, and draw a line that is that same length about 75 degrees from where you marked the beginning of the spine.  This angle controls how wide your purse will open.  The smaller the angle the wider your purse will open."

Cut a pattern that fits into the inside of the book and add two triangles for the sides of the bag. HungryPanda explains this better: “Measure the width of one side of the book, and draw a line that is that same length about 75 degrees from where you marked the beginning of the spine. This angle controls how wide your purse will open. The smaller the angle the wider your purse will open.”
Tip: use thin fabric for this! I started using normal fabric from Ikea that was far to stiff – hence the change from hippos to flowers.

Sew the pattern into a bag. I used iron on hemming web for the top bits to avoid sewing as much as possible...

Sew the pattern into a bag. I used iron on hemming web for the top bits to avoid sewing as much as possible…

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Now glue the bag into the book. If you don't want a tidy inside of the bag you could stop here. (I was tempted.)

Now glue the bag into the book. If you don’t want a very tidy inside of the bag you could stop here.
Otherwise you need a second (identical) bag to sew or glue into this. I didn’t go with the sewing-together that HungryPanda suggests as I thought the glue might ruin this step. So…

Glue the inside layer into your book/bag. Also glue in some velcro for closing the bag.

Glue the inside layer into your book/bag. Also glue in some velcro for closing the bag.

Ta-dah! You now have a clutch bag made from a book:

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