Old Book Clutch Bag




I'm just a girl, who likes fashion, chocolate, making stuff and turning stuff into other stuff. I...

This is my first instructable so be kind!
So, I had this idea to make a book with a secret compartment, then this idea developed into a clutch bag, because I thought I would get more use out of it this way.
So first gather your materials, there are very little.
-An old hardback book, I bought mine at a charity shop for £2
-PVA Glue
-A brush, preferably old, so it doesn't really matter if it is ruined
-A Stanley Knife

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Step 1: Cut It Out

-First mark a rectangle in the middle of the page to cut, I drew mine 2.5cm (1" approx.) from the edge.
-Then simply start to cut along the edge with the knife.
-As I cut deeper I gradually pulled out the pages.
-I didn't cut tp the very back of the book, I cut to roughly the middle, or a little bit more.

*Be careful to keep cutting directly down, I made this mistake and started cutting at an angle as you may be able to see.

Step 2: Glue It

-Paint PVA glue onto the inside edges of the hole. This will bond them together so the stuff inside won't just fall through the pages.
-Leave it over night to dry. I did this yesterday after school, and it was dry this morning.

Step 3: Is It Dry?

Now, just check if it's dry by tapping the edge.
Then fill it up!
Unfortunately I chose a pretty small book so mine only fits my phone, lipgloss and a small purse.

Step 4: Wear It

All finished! All that's left now is to style it up with some super outfits!
If anyone tries this I'd love to see some pictures! Enjoy

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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    My mother always told me "your purse only needs to be big enough to carry your lipstick, your house key & a tissue. Let your date pay!" You did a great job on your first instructable!

    Scarlet Moon

    3 years ago

    is there any way in which we won't need to tear the book?


    4 years ago

    My God, it's beautiful!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love this :) as an avid reader, I'm never too far away from a book anyway :) just need to make sure I take the right "book" out now lol!


    8 years ago on Step 4

    What I would do is peel up the inside cover and glue a magnet then replace the cover, then a few pages down in the book place a corresponding magnet so it has a closure of some sort. also perhaps line the inside with felt. again you can just glue it in. I really do like your bag ^_^ I shall have to do this project


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Yay for your first Instructable!!

    I've bought several books before to turn into the 'secret compartment' book, but just never got around to it. The old Reader's Digest Condensed, circa 1960-70s have some incredible cover art.

    Great idea to turn it into a bag. :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice!

    Don't fret about the size of your product though, sometimes a small clutch to hold a few personal items is a ton better than a bag that seems to swallow and dissolve whatever you seem to be looking for.