Old Book Upcycle: Disguised Purse

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Made this for one of my school assignments, where we had to come up with jewellery or accessories from recycled or sustainable materials. 

Based on this blog post, except when I went to Salvos and Vinnies, I couldn't find a clutch in the same size as my thrifted book. Thus, I spent a good day sewing up my own wallet/purse inside. Unfortunately, as I still have a long way to go before my sewing skills are anywhere near decent, the overall effect was a lot less polished, but I value the final product so much more. 

It's a pretty simple concept, but actually carrying it out took more effort and skill than  I thought! For example, I couldn't cut out the pages of the book very efficiently - the 'stumps' of the pages are still a little uneven. Also, sewing card pockets in particular is very fiddly (which I knew from past experiences). Still, I'm happy enough with the way it turned out. If I ever find the time, I think I might make another one, and work on making it look more polished. 

Sorry that I don't have any in progress shots, I was working as quickly as possible and I just forgot to take photos! I'm happy to answer any questions though :)

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    eoz dralla

    5 years ago

    If you made a step by step thing then I would learn how to do it but here I can't learn how cuz your not showing me how so I'd like it if you made a tutorial

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    Kiteman

    5 years ago on Introduction

    That's a nice job.

    You could make another as a gift, and do in-progress shots of that one for a step-by-step? I'm sure it would be popular.