It’s about time that I get back to some of my regularly scheduled programming, yes?
This, ladies and gents, is a purse made out of a book made by yours truly. It’s a 1950s edition of “The Better Homes & Gardens Garden Book,” to be precise.
I blame Pinterest for this idea. I stumbled across a pin from an Etsy store selling book purses for a price tag of $50. That sticker price made me clutch my pearls because I thought that was too expensive for something I could make myself. (Disclaimer: Now that I’ve made my own, the labor involved does justify the price assuming the seller paid him/herself federal minimum wage. This took me a few days to complete, but I am not a fast sewer.)
I made this purse for about $7 in supplies. I purchased the book at my local library’s Friends of the Library sale for 50 cents. The rest of the costs went to the button for the clasp, canvas material and handle findings.
I followed the directions at Rookie magazine, written by Marlena. The author uses straps and closure cut from an old purse. I didn’t have one I was willing to hack up, so I sewed my own straps using 3-inch wide strips of fabric. I tri-folded the section that is glued into the book’s sides while the actual shoulder strap is the same 3-inch strip, just only folded in half.
I used Tacky glue to glue the straps and ribbon loop closure to the book. The lining fabric and sides were glued with hot glue. I have interior pockets for my phone, pen/pencil and general knickknacks that I sewed to the lining before gluing it to the book.
I made this purse in early July and it’s holding up well. I chose a larger reference book, but this purse does not have a lot of storage space. If you’re a person that only carries around a phone, wallet, keys and a few other odds and ends, you’re set. If you’re like me and carry a checkbook, hairbrush, lotion, hand sanitizer, multiple tubes of Chapstick ’cause one is always lost and whatever else needed to deal with the general public/fight in the zombie apocalypse, you’ might to have to downsize to use a book purse.
One last thing. Before anyone gets up in arms about me destroying a book, you should know the book still lives, sans cover. This was a book with a five-ring binder on the inside, so all I had to do was just pop out the rivets holding the pages in. It’s still readable!