Introduction: How to Make a Clutch/Bag Out of Magazines!!

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HI!! This tutorial will show you how to make a bag/clutch out of old magazines!!

Its a perfect summer project to kill time.

You can gift it or use them for storage or daily use!! Their versatile depending on the shape you want, and their waterproof!!

Have fun and I hope you enjoy!!!!

Step 1: Materials

Here are the Materials you need for this step:

Magazines (lots of them)

Clear tape (the big scotch kind)

Regular transparent tape or the small tape



(sorry if pic is a little blurry)

Step 2: Rip a Bunch of Pages Out!!!

Take your magazines, and rip a bunch of papers out.

They can be color coded like mine, or they can be all sorts of colors.

These pages can be from a variety of magazines of different sizes.

Depending on how wide or long you want them to be, rip as many as you need.

I usually rip a bunch out and make what i want out of them, using the leftover ones as handles or small clutches.

*Rip them closest to the spine of the magazine. if it gets jagged, you can always cut it off for a smooth edge to work on.

Step 3: Fold!!!

Take a magazine page and fold it in half hot dog style.

Fold it again, hot dog style,

Then fold it AGAIN hot dog style.

You should get a thin strip.

If you want, you can fold it lengthwise as many times as you want in order to achieve the look you want, or fold it only twice to make it thicker.

*Put them under a hard object like a textbook to flatten them out. This will make it easier to do the next step!

*You should place these strips under a heavy item such as a textbook to flatten them out more. (shown in pic above)

Step 4: Assemble!!!

Assemble some strips so they are next to each other. You can put as many as you want because this is the width/length. (depending on what you want it to be)

I taped mine to a box so its easy for me to weave, but you can do it on the ground too. This will ensure security as you do the next step!! :)

Step 5: Weave!!!!

Now you start weaving!!!

So you take a strip and put it over one and under another. Its very simple. I hope these pictures help.

Step 6: Trim

After you finished weaving all of the strips, you should trim the excess strips on the edges. 

Then Tuck the little tabs underneath so they are on the messy side. Then tape them down. It should  look like the last pic.

Step 7: Laminate

Take your clear tape, and laminate both sides of the panel. It should be smooth and shiny like the pic above.

Step 8: Fold!

Fold it so both sides are even. 

I cut and measured a magazine strip to fit the hole and taped it down with clear tape to create a mini purse.

Step 9: DONE!!!!

You are finished!!!!

You can fold it and not add the extra piece to make a clutch.

or make 2 pieces of equal dimension, and another 2 different pieces with a bottom piece and tape them all together to make a handbag!! to make the handles, fold a page into a strip and laminate.

I hope this helped and if you have any questions regarding this Instructable, please leave a comment!!

Thanks and Bye!!