For Chrismukkah this year, I decided to go the DIY route for family and friends. There seems to be a running theme of books, aside from these two purses, there is also a book clock http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20621.0
These were pretty straightfoward to make, using the same idea with slight alterations. The Pink/Silver Clutch was made for a friend out of a hardcover book (duh), a girl's shirt, pink seam binding, elastic and a (fake) pearl button.
The Plaid Clutch was created for my crafty 16-year-old cousin* who has begun to study fashion and wants to learn how to make her own clothes(!). This was made from a Reader's Digest book**, a men's shirt, wide blue seam binding, a size 4 snap, and a metal button. The snap is hidden under the button, which is only decoration.
*A week after I sent this to her, I recieved a thank you note from her.
"Thanks so much for the adorable purse....It is so neat. Everyone who has seen it so far thinks it's really cool too. Where do you come up with these things?"
I was floating on air for two days after reading that.
**Old Reader's Digest books are the best I've found for crafting. They are thick, generally aren't that interesting for reading, and have great wall-paper-like covers. I picked up a stack at a garage sale from a Free box. I offered to give them money, because I felt like I was cheating them, but they refused and tried to give me even more when I told them my plans for them. I would think saying things like "Yeah, I just want this stuff to cut up" would be a deterent to sellers, but apparently not. I was bargaining with a woman who wanted a dollar a piece for her records and wouldn't be talked down at all, until I said that I was an art student and planned to paint on them. It was like, "If you want to listen to them, you have to pay full price. But if you're just destroying them...Two for One!" I don't get it, but I'm not complaining.
Sorry, totally random tangent, but I thought it was a good story.
And now back to crafting!