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« on: December 21, 2006 08:06:39 PM »


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hi guys i've just finished two more book purses....but my camera batteries died so i only got pictures up for one of them but here it is and i'l be sure to post the other one later

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*******TUTORIAL*********

1. Pull all the pages out of the book EXCEPT the two closest to the front and back covers (so leave four pages in total), then go through the pages and choose two pictures, or text pages that you want to use as the side pannels (i also like to keep all the illustrations or pictures to be used on other projects) then you can RECYCLE (not throw away please) the extra pages.
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2. lay the book open flat on a peice of cardboard and trace around it. cut that rectangle out and trim it so it's no longer the size of the cover but the size of the pages you've left in (usualy you have to remove about a cm and a half) then fold the cardboard so it has a "spine" and fits exactly inside the book and use a glue gun to secure it to the spine and to one page on each side
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3. Now it's time for the lining. spread your book flat and trace around it onto your chosen fabric and cut it out. now comes the bit that's a little tricky.....ugh math. ok to make the side pannels you will need to use the Pythagorean Therum (sp?) come on your remember that from elementary school right? c2=a2+b2 ok here's a quick paint diagram i drew up
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the side is two upsidedown right angle triangales with a rectangle the width of the spine in the middle you can use a ruler to find the measurements for the spine and the length of the cover's edge (that's the short one attached to the spine not the long one across from it) then the amount you want it to open (we'l call it X) is a variable that is up to you, decide on a mesurement, then subtract the width of the spine from that number and divide it by 2 to find the length of (A). then plug the (A) number and the length of the cover edge (C) into the pythagorean formula and solve for B to find the height. then draw the figure out twice onto your fabric and cut them out to form the two sides (remember to leave sewing room on all the fabric you cut out) this would also be a good time to cut out any pockets or anything you might want. then sew all the peices together.
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4.the peices you've just cut and sewin will be slightly too large to fit in the book frame but don't worry it will help to glue things in cleanly. put hot glue along the spine of the book and place the spine of your lining onto the glue. then put glue on the BACK of the cardboard along the top and pull the extra fabric around so it's tight against the frame (this will also fold the extra fabric on the triangular side peices down, you will want to iron that once you've finished gluing to get a nice clean crease). do the same to the other side. now go around the edges of the back of the cardboard and pull the side bits tight around too.
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5.next is the paper side pannels, these obviously arn't needed as they really serve no structural purpose. i just like them because it cleans up my messy edge (the part that's folded and ironed down on the side can look kinnda messy) and i think the pages add a nice touch...reminds you that it's an actual book) take those pages that you saved from the book (or print off pages from the internet or whatever....but make sure to use a laser printer...inkjet will run if they get caught in the rain for even half a second) then using the same measurements you made for the fabric lining draw a side pannel near the center of the paper. cut along the top and cut along the bottom leaving a small "tail" about the width of the spine and tapering off near the end. LEAVE the peices along the diagonal lines. depending on the overall look of the book i like to stain my pages so they look more antique or whatever, i like to use tea or coffee and then put it in the oven for a couple minutes....if anyone wants a more detailed description of that just let me know. if the pages start to crinckle up from the staining don't be afraid to iron them flat again. and (this is very important) you MUST seal the back of the pages. i like to use clear packing tape, just cover the back of the pannels (don't just stop at the folds though, be sure to tape over the folds because that's where it's likely to rip) tape it as evenly and as flatly as possible. this prevents the pages from tearing when the pures is opened and closed multiple times.
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6. next make your handles and clasp (this is a good tutorial for handles that inspired mine http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103482.0 ) to glue them in i used ribbon loops and then sealed them between the last piece of loose paper
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7. now you have two plain "pages" (the back cover and the sandwiched pages with all your other gluing) this is important when gluing in your paper side pannels. gluing them in is pretty self explanitory, take your hot glue gun and put glue on the sandwich of pages, line up the diagonal line with the edge of your book and stick it down, and do the same on the other side (leave the little tail at the bottom haning out). then glue the cover down to complete the book sandwich.
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8. last thing to do is add the little touches that make it look complete and very neat. time to get rid of the tail. there are two ways to bind a book most old books ae bound with string and alot of more cheaply made new ones are bound with glue if it all possible it's better to use a string bound book simply because you are able to finish off the side pannels much nicer than with a glue bound book (if yours is glue bound then just cut the tail off) if it was a string bound book then there will be two layers of spine, the first is what the pages were attached to and the second is the outer shell of the cover usualy there is nothing sealing the two layers together so simply tuck the tail in between the layers. and the very last thing to do it to finish off the inside edges of the book. i like to use decorative cord, just fill the gap between the cover and the sandwich of pages with hot glue and press a nice cord into the glue, leave about an inch extra on each side and then tuck that neatly between the fabric lining and the paper side pannel just along the point where they meet along the book's edge and glue it in place
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and then TADA a beautiful book purse of your very own YAY!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2006 08:09:17 PM »

tres cool! Thanks for posting the instructions. I look forward to trying this!
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2006 06:39:17 AM »

Thanks so much for posting this tute.  You did an excellent job.  I bought a book, The American Garden, at Goodwill some time ago with the thought of making one of these as an XMas gift for my impossible -to-buy-for stepmother.  Unfortunately, I realized after really looking at the book and doing a bit of reasearch online that it's a classic book, and it's in good shape.  I still might use it *bows head in shame* as it would be perfect.  And I haven't been able to find any other yet.  grrrrr...  I'll definitely post a pic here when I do. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2006 06:48:38 AM »

that is THE most beautiful book purse I have ever seen!!!  I love your colors and the handles are superb, oh and the side panels are gorgeous!!  Aw, hell, I love the whole thing.  Great job!  I want one  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2006 07:36:55 AM »

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, maleficent for this wonderful tut!!  Yay!!  I know what I'll be doing after Christmas is over!  Cheesy
And this purse is beautful, as are your others!  Fantastic and creative work! 
that is THE most beautiful book purse I have ever seen!!!  I love your colors and the handles are superb, oh and the side panels are gorgeous!!  Aw, hell, I love the whole thing.  Great job!  I want one  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2006 08:09:28 AM »

oh wow. how cool!
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2006 11:13:14 PM »

The bag looks really interesting. The side panels with pictures from the book definitely give it extra uniqueness.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2006 01:52:57 AM »

Oh this fab! Thank you thank you thank you for this tutorial - that's this afternoon planned then.
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2006 02:17:25 AM »

Your bag looks really great.  I love all of the details that it has.  Thanks for the tutorial.  I really appreciate it. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2006 07:30:50 PM »

Wow - that is so cool!!  What a great idea!  I'll have to keep my eye out for cool book covers at the thrift stores.
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2007 07:13:11 PM »

wow that's just about the cutest book purse!  Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2007 02:23:49 PM »

That's absolutely brilliant Smiley i love the star map at the sides, it's wonderful. This would work really well if you had a big dictionary as the main bag and then a pocket dictionary as a matching purse Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2007 03:59:45 PM »

this is great. now i just have to find a Frankenstein hardcover!

good job
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2007 04:02:17 PM »

Very cool. I am definitely going to TRY this.
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2007 08:49:57 PM »

how did you pull the pages out? one by one or just ripped the whole thing out?
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2007 06:12:31 PM »

Your tutorial is GENIUS!  THANKS!
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2007 12:54:09 PM »

how did you pull the pages out? one by one or just ripped the whole thing out?

oh i meant to put a note in about pulling out pages actualy. it's really really simple. if it's an older string bound book then there will be distinct sections of pages just grab a couple pages and start to pull gently, the rest of the pages in that section (even if you're not holding them) will start to give aswell reposition your hands and hold the entire section and just rip it out. and just repeate this for all the little bound sections. if it's glue bound then it's less likely to be bound in sections in which case just grab a few pages (maybe about a cm thick?) and pull. try to get them right at the spine if possible (pull them out rather than rip them off) and it's as simple as that.

now i've also found a way to peserve the pages of the book like if you want to read it or whatever. (i was thinking maybe if you want to sell book purses at a craft fair or something maybe have the coverless pages still bound together in a box marked "you cant judge a book by it's cover" or something like that and sell the books for like $1 or something for people that might be interested in reading the contents of thier purse....lol i dunno just a thought) anyways to do that just take an exacto knife and cut the entire binding out (slice along the spine between the cover and the first page on both sides) and all the pages will come out and remain together. the only problem with this method is that you won't have the nessesary 2 extra pages to sandwich things in between. a solution i've found for that is to take regular paper cut to the same size as the book and glue it to the spine of the cardboard before you glue the cardboard in. you don't need two pages if you opt for this though because you won't need to glue the first one to the back of the cardboard (this obviously won't provide the same support that gluing book pages to the back of the cardboard does as the "pages" that you made arnt' attached to the book only to the spine of the carboard to begin with) so just glue the spine of the cardboard in and use the back of the cardboard to fold your fabric around and stuff.

lol that was a really long answer for a rather simple question i think i ramble a bit. anyways i hope that makes sense feel free to ask for any clarifications.
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2007 05:28:23 PM »

in stead of cardboard can you use stiff felt instead..? b/c im making one right now and i don't have any cardboard..

great job on your newest book purse!! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2007 05:25:44 AM »

in stead of cardboard can you use stiff felt instead..? b/c im making one right now and i don't have any cardboard..

great job on your newest book purse!! Cheesy

hmm...i'm not quite sure what you mean by stiff felt. lol i'm thinking like craft felt that's....stiff? anyways i've never used anything but cardboard (we are never in short supply at my house) but i would think that anything that has the same rigidity (is that a word?) as cardboard would work. all the cardboard is really for is to keep some structure while you're making the purse. once it's all glued solid to the covers i don't think the cardboard does much of anything. if you are looking for some cardboard most places are more than happy to give away old boxes. stop in at a grocery store or a corner store or McDonalds and just ask for some cardboard boxes that thier products are shipped in (i worked at mcdonalds and believe me in a couple hours we would empty enough boxes of frozen fries to build an army of book purses out of) and it may seem like a strange request but it's really not. alot of people when they are moving will often go around and ask for cardboard boxes to carry thier stuff in. i hope that helps Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2007 02:52:49 PM »

heey.. thanks so much for posting this tutorial ! i had so much fun making my first book purse! I was the one who was wondering if it was ok to use felt instead of cardboard and the felt worked for me.. so thanx
here are some pictures of my first ever book purse.. with your help..





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« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2007 01:29:12 PM »

that looks wonderful gopoundsand! you did a great job! i'm really glad that my tutorial was helpful!
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2007 02:47:33 AM »

Wow, that's a nice purse, and not so hard to make .. I hope  Roll Eyes Thanks for the tutorial
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2007 02:38:31 AM »

awesome tutorial! thank you so much!
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« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2007 01:41:40 AM »

Very pretty!
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ok i love this im gonna try it

wow i think I've found the best forum in the world Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2007 06:46:41 PM »

yeah this forum is deffinatly awesome! i've learned so many awesome things and there is never a lack of inspiration! i honestly don't know what i'd do without it!
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« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2007 05:18:49 AM »

I love that purse!

I'm going to try this one for sure  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2007 11:50:26 AM »

thanks for the tute i wll have to do this
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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2007 02:17:59 PM »

That side fabric is gorgeous - where did you find it?
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« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2007 08:14:44 PM »

the sides actualy arn't fabric (there is fabric underneath though) the star maps are actualy just printed off the internet onto some paper and i used packing tape on the back to re-enforce the paper. i had some worries in the begining about using paper in this way but it's not really a structural element of the purse and i've been using this purse (the buyer fell through) regularly since i made it and honestly there isn't any visible wear on the paper at all!
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« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2008 02:03:21 PM »

That's amazing! Thanks for the tutorial- I've always wondered how to make those!
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ahh the pics are gone.  Sad  does anyone have a tutorial with pics?
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