sorry for the long delay in posting this. Life has a nasty way of intruding sometimes.
the first thing I did was use a screwdriver to pry the center 3 ring metal thingy out of the books.
then I cut 4 - 3" pieces of ribbon and threaded them through the metal rings on the purse handles. I used e-6000 to glue the ribbon closed
I stood my book up and traced around the outside edges to make a rough pattern for the triangle side pieces.
EWWW! I spilled my pepsi on my pattern! sorry - it looks disgusting!
I cleaned up my pattern, made sure the edges were all straight and even, and added a 1/2" seam allowance to each side.Then I cut 4 side pieces.
I measured the inside of my book, added 1/2" seam allowance again and cut out 2 pieces
I measured 2" in from each edge of my book and also marked the middle of the book. I again used e-6000 to glue the handles on and to glue the ribbon in the middle so I could tie it closed when it is done.
Sew the top edges of the triangle pieces wrong sides together. turn the fabric right side out so the seam is inside the two pieces .I usually sew along the edge one more time this way just to make it look more finished. I don't sew the other sides of the triangle, I just iron on the line where I would sew and use that to glue the pieces to the book.
I use e-6000 and get some books or cans of food or something to stack on the outside of the each side of the purse to help hold it in the right place while the sides dry. I also don't put any glue on the bottom little triangle area until every thing else is dry.
Now the book has the handles glued in, the center ribbon glued in and the triangle pieces glued in.
take the last 2 pieces that are the same size as the inside of your purse and iron your seam allowance towards the wrong side of the fabric. I topstitch this on one long side and both short sides. the other long side I leave unsewn because it is the bottom and won't be seen.
glue these side pieces into your purse, covering all of the other little bits and pieces and raw edges. the unsewn side goes to the bottom. I cover a piece of cereal box with some more fabric and stick that into the bottom.
I know this is a lot of info and not many pictures, but if you need any help or if it is not clear enough anywhere let me know, I will be happy to answer or help out. Now that life is semi-normal for me again it should not take as long for me to reply!