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No-Sew Book Purse
Boulder City Library
Supplies
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Supplies:
Hardback book with pages removed (use an X-acto knife to do this)
 When picking t...
Optional Steps Before Starting Purse
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If your book has a dust jacket you may want to
decoupage the cov...
Reinforcement (Optional, but recommended)
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Glue ribbon or extra fabric in the interior of the spine
an...
Reinforced Purse Shell
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Creating Interior Pieces
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Cut three pieces of lightweight cardboard just
smaller than the parts of you...
Creating Interior Pieces Continued
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Take your cardboard and lay them out on your inside
fabric. Cut ar...
Glued Side Piece
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Creating Interior Pieces Continued
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Dry fit your fabric covered cardboard on your book
cover to make s...
Purse Sides
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Figure out how far you want the purse to open.
Stand the book up on end, on top of a piec...
Purse Sides Continued
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Take your fabric for the sides and lay it down folded
over right side out enoug...
Purse sides tracing and cut out
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Purse Sides Continued
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The top corners, where the side panels will meet the
book cover, if left alone ...
Closures
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Measure in to the middle of each side of the book
cover, and mark the location of the closur...
Handles
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Open the cover and measure in a little ways and
mark where the straps will go. If you're doin...
Marking for Purse Handles
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Handles & Closures Continued
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Measure and cut the ribbon to attach your straps and
closure. Dry fit to...
Handles Example
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Short ribbon
handle/closure
Reinforced handle/closure
Attaching the Side Panels
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Take one of your side panels that you cut earlier. Dry
fit this side into p...
Attaching the Side Panels Continued
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Once you're confident that
you've figured out how it goes
togethe...
Attaching the Side Panels Continued
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Now that each of the side panels are attached to the
book cover o...
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Attaching the Inside Panels
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Take your fabric covered cardboard rectangles and
dry fit them inside the...
Example of the Inside
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Finished Product
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You’re done!
Let the glue dry before using the purse.
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No-Sew Book Purse

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Have an old book that you'd like to upcycle? Try a no-sew book purse.

Using an old hard cover book, you can make a wonderful gift for family (or yourself).

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No-Sew Book Purse

  1. 1. No-Sew Book Purse Boulder City Library
  2. 2. Supplies Boulder City Library Supplies: Hardback book with pages removed (use an X-acto knife to do this)  When picking the book remember, larger gives more space, smaller is good for a clutch. Pick something that's attractive and/or will appeal to the person the purse is for. The width of the spine is the most important aspect. Smaller spine, the less your purse can hold. Cardboard – like a cereal box (has to be bigger than the book) 2 fat quarters or equivalent amount of fabric (fat quarters are normally 18x21) Fabri-tac or similar Grosgrain ribbon - 3/4 to 1 inch wide Closure – large button or magnetic snap Purse handles Optional Supplies: D-rings - if your purse handles don't include Clamps or clothes pins Waxed paper Mod Podge and foam brush for decoupage Acrylic Sealant for exterior
  3. 3. Optional Steps Before Starting Purse Boulder City Library If your book has a dust jacket you may want to decoupage the cover on.  Use Mod Podge to apply a thin layer to the dust jacket, and then glue it on the book. Be sure to get out air bubbles.  Use clothes pins or clamps to help it dry. You can also seal your book by covering it with a couple of layers of Mod Podge or an acrylic sealer. Mod Podge will not make it water proof. Launder your fabric, and then iron smooth. You can use starch when you're ironing if you want to firm things up a little.
  4. 4. Reinforcement (Optional, but recommended) Boulder City Library Glue ribbon or extra fabric in the interior of the spine and a little up the sides to reinforce/strengthen this area. Let dry. If the spine of your book is weak, cut, fit and glue a piece of lightweight cardboard in first for more strength. However much strengthening you do here, pay attention to the open ends, so that your reinforcement doesn’t show when your purse is finished.
  5. 5. Reinforced Purse Shell Boulder City Library
  6. 6. Creating Interior Pieces Boulder City Library Cut three pieces of lightweight cardboard just smaller than the parts of your book. You'll need one piece of cardboard for each side and one for the spine. Double check the fit and make any adjustments.
  7. 7. Creating Interior Pieces Continued Boulder City Library Take your cardboard and lay them out on your inside fabric. Cut around each piece leaving an inch or so of fabric. (If you sew, this is like your seam allowance.) Do this with all three pieces of cardboard. Glue each piece of fabric to its matching piece of cardboard. You'll want to pull these tight so the front is nice and smooth. Start by gluing down the corners, then going across between them. That will give you a smoother appearance and less fabric bunched on the bottom.  Warning: If you put glue on the front of the cardboard it can show through the fabric.
  8. 8. Glued Side Piece Boulder City Library
  9. 9. Creating Interior Pieces Continued Boulder City Library Dry fit your fabric covered cardboard on your book cover to make sure they still fit. Tight is fine, too tight is a problem. It is much easier to fix when the glue is still wet. If you find that your pieces won’t fit, remove the fabric and cut down the cardboard a little bit. Check and re-glue.
  10. 10. Purse Sides Boulder City Library Figure out how far you want the purse to open. Stand the book up on end, on top of a piece of paper. Open the book to the angle you want and trace around the book. This is your template. Cut it out.
  11. 11. Purse Sides Continued Boulder City Library Take your fabric for the sides and lay it down folded over right side out enough for your template to fit with the wide top of the template on the fold plus half an inch or more at the bottom, narrow end. Iron the fold. Lay your template on the fabric and trace around the template with a line. Then go out 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch on the sides and bottom, not on the fold, and draw lines. Do this again for the other side panel. (If you sew, this is like your seam allowance.) Cut on the outside lines.
  12. 12. Purse sides tracing and cut out Boulder City Library
  13. 13. Purse Sides Continued Boulder City Library The top corners, where the side panels will meet the book cover, if left alone will stick up. At this point, put a drop of glue on the inside of the folded pane and fold these corners down. Don't go past your inside line though.  You want to tuck the corner in, not fold it over. Fold your side panels on the lines and iron these creases. It makes the panels easier to fit in place later. Tuck and Glue
  14. 14. Closures Boulder City Library Measure in to the middle of each side of the book cover, and mark the location of the closure device. Try measuring with a piece of paper and then fold that in half. It's quicker and easier to mark and doesn't require math. After you've dry fit the closure, use Fabri-Tac to glue the ribbons.
  15. 15. Handles Boulder City Library Open the cover and measure in a little ways and mark where the straps will go. If you're doing a over the shoulder strap and are only connecting the strap to the purse once on each side then you'll need them equally spaced and diagonal for balance. If you're doing a strap on each side, then you'll need to measure in from each end, on both sides of the book cover. Mark these locations with a pencil. MAKE SURE THEY ARE EQUAL. Use a ruler or something from your workspace to evenly space them from the edges of the book.
  16. 16. Marking for Purse Handles Boulder City Library
  17. 17. Handles & Closures Continued Boulder City Library Measure and cut the ribbon to attach your straps and closure. Dry fit to make sure everything is in place. Then do the same with the closure. You can:  Just cut the ribbon to attach the handles and the closure. This uses a smaller amount of ribbon  Or reinforce by starting the ribbon on the other side of the spine of the book, come up to where the strap will attach, then go back across the spine to where the opposite strap will attach and then bring the ribbon back past the spine. This takes more ribbon, but the weight of the purse is being supported by both handles and the bottom of the purse all at the same time. After you've dry fit the handle connections, use Fabri-Tac to glue the ribbons, with the handles or D rings, in place. Wait for this to dry.
  18. 18. Handles Example Boulder City Library Short ribbon handle/closure Reinforced handle/closure
  19. 19. Attaching the Side Panels Boulder City Library Take one of your side panels that you cut earlier. Dry fit this side into place on one side of one end of the cover. You want to make sure the top corners of the side panel piece line up with the top corners of the book cover and then kind of poke at it working your way down. The creases should make the sides line up easily.
  20. 20. Attaching the Side Panels Continued Boulder City Library Once you're confident that you've figured out how it goes together, use craft glue to attach one side of the side panel to the inside edge of the book cover. Your fabric is two layers thick and you'll want to make sure both layers are sticking. Take the other side panel of fabric and do the same at the other end of the book cover. Wait for both ends to set a enough to stay in place.  Remember you’re working on the same side of the cover of the book.
  21. 21. Attaching the Side Panels Continued Boulder City Library Now that each of the side panels are attached to the book cover on one side, dry fit them again, on the other side, to double check. Then glue the other sides and bottoms into place working with one end of the book cover at a time. (A third hand to hold the book cover at just the right angle is really helpful. A spouse or a friend is a good source of that extra hand, and you only need them for a few minutes.) Let the glue set.
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  23. 23. Attaching the Inside Panels Boulder City Library Take your fabric covered cardboard rectangles and dry fit them inside the book cover. Since you cut your cardboard just a little smaller than the book cover, they should all fit, but may fit tightly. For one purse, you may have to do a side, then the bottom, then the other side, and for another purse two sides and then the bottom. Experiment.  Dry fitting will save you from making a permanent or messy mistake when gluing. Glue each of the three pieces of fabric covered cardboard inside the book cover.
  24. 24. Example of the Inside Boulder City Library
  25. 25. Finished Product Boulder City Library You’re done! Let the glue dry before using the purse.

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