At one point, I felt like my life just needed more bookish to them. I was tired of buttons and stickers which were the only things I could use… But later I found out that there was a lot more through the miracles of DIY!
What I love most about this clutch is the comfort of carrying a book around. It’s not exactly readable but is my favorite substitute to a purse, especially since it’s so compact. And if you’re a guy, this can be a sneaky way to carry your stuff 😏
- Book (used/old is recommended)
- Writing Utensil
- Box cutter or Xacto Knife
- Wax Paper
- Metal Clasp
- Cutting board
- Super Glue
Fabric Cover (Optional)
- More Fabric
- For a fabric cover, spread the two covers of the book (for the book’s full size) on top of the fabric. Trace it with a writing utensil, add an inch on each side, and cut it out. Use the Modpodge to paint over the covers and evenly press the fabric against it. Smooth out the air bubbles then carefully flip the book and apply it on the inside edges and fold in the fabric. Let it dry and continue!
- Open the book to the first page and trace a border one inch away from the edges inside.
- Now prepare yourself for the painful part, it’s hard but you’ll get through it: take your fancy cutter/slicer of choice and carve out the pages along the drawn lines.
- After your book has been cut, stick wax paper between the beginning (cover and first page), center, and end (last page and cover) so that they stick out of the pages. Squeeze the book (between legs is easiest) and coat the exterior pages with Modpodge.
- Coating it three times gives best results
- Next, whip out your fancy blade again once it’s dried and carve out a circle in each center of page (the longest one) to fit the metal clasps (diameter) and glue the clasps in.
- Cut out a trapezoid of fabric of your preference to connect the clutch’s sides and double layer it.
- Fold the layered fabric piece in half and iron it to create a neat crease.
- Super glue the fabric to the pages.
- Then glue the pages to the cover
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