Book Purse by Quilterinmotion
I've seen a few book purses and always thought it was a great gift idea. Last summer my daughter told me a friend of hers had showed up at her office carrying one and how cool it was. That's all the incentive I needed! Ever since then, I've been on the look-out for an old book that might be special enough that my daughter would want it made up as a book purse.
At a last-stop thrift shop I found this Great Ilustrated Wizard of Oz book that was on the "going-going-gone" table. I got it for twenty-five cents. After that, I looked around for some Wizard of Oz fabric. I found it online at ABC's of Quilting on sale and even though I had to pay postage it was a great deal for me as that's exactly what I wanted to make the book. I bought a yard but 1/2 yard would have been plenty.
The handles were a skinny belt I had gotten free with a pair of jeans. Too skinny for me to bother to use as a belt but it made a great set of handles! Hot glue adhered the leather belt.
I read about six online tutorials and took all the parts that sounded sensible and then, as I often do, went my own way to create the book purse. I'm very happy with the results and I can't wait to send this to her for Christmas.
After Christmas I plan to do my own tutorial on the blog with the steps that worked so well for me. I camn't do it before then as the DD reads the blog faithfully. Gotta love that girl!
ABC's of Quilting package
The handles were a skinny belt
Making the ends so the purse will open so far
Attaching the liner to the book