Hey y'all, this is my very first post of a project I've finished! I got his idea from all of the little book clutches 've seen here on craftster. I just used a 3-ring binder instead for more room for my junk.
I ripped out the rings, cut out some big heart-shaped holes for a handle, completely covered the binder with quilt batting, then fabric, and sewed a lining and a little pocket inside.
I just finished it today and when I took it out for a test run tonight I got three really nice compliments from stangers. Yay!
Here she is, hope you like it:
I forgot to get pics of the inside. Sorry everything's so orange. The lining fabric is peach, all the handstitching is red (can't see it in the pics) the ribbon is navy and the big button is red.
Alright y'all here we go:
First, pick a nice sturdy notebook. Either peel off the old plastic cover and pockets or rip them off like I did. You're gonna glue stuff down to it, so you don't want it to fall apart on you. If you take the plastic cover off, you'll probably have to tape the bottom and sides back together, make sure you leave about an 8th of an in. of space between them so the binder will still fold up like it used to!
My binder was a little bent up already so I duct taped it to make it nice and flat again. Then I ripped the binder part out. I had to get my boyfriend to help. Try cutting around the metal brads that hold it in the notebook and then covering the holes up with tape once you pull the rings out.
Okay, now use a box cutter to cut out a hole. I made a heart shape. I just made sure it was bid enough to stick my arm through if I got tired of carrying it in my and, and small enough to keep all my stuff from falling out the side.
Now you can work on the outside. I glued two layers of quilt batting to the outside and let it wrap around about a 1/2 in. onto the inside. Then I cut out the heart (leaving a 1/2 in to wrap around to the inside and glue).
Then I wrapped the fabric (cheap calico from walmart) in the same way. NOT glueing, except for the edges on the inside. I then sliced a V shape into the heart and cut it into little triangle so that the triangles would fole around the curve of the heart. And I pulled all of them really tightly as I glued them down.
Ok now for the inside... I cut one layer of batting just smaller than the inside of the two sides and the bottom of the notebook (in 3 pieces so it will fold easily) and glued them down.
I then made the lining by cutting one big piece of fabric the size of the entire notbook layed out flat with about 1/2 in clearance around all the sides. Then I "hemmed" the edges to size by creasing the fabric with my finger nail (you could use an iron!). Then I hand stiched lining fabric to the outside fabric and batting that I had let wrap around to the inside.
I did the same thing with the heart next. This folding the edge of the lining over as I went (I used the same slit to go around the curves, just a lot fewer this time. Just cut as needed to relieve the tension in the fabric)
I also sewed a simple little pocket to the lining and batting. I just cut out a rectangle of fabric. Foleded a hem around all four sides, sewed across the top where the pocket should open, and then stitched the other three sides to the lining.
Now's th tricky part! I didn't get any pictures of this but you make little V shaped side panels out of the lining fabric. I folded made two long rectangles of fabic and then folded each of them over (for the top of the side panels, so you don't have to hem them). The hold your notebook upright. Let it open up as much as you would like it to to get to your stuff. About a 1/4th of the way down from th top of the purse, pin one side of your rectangle to one side of you notebook and then pin the other side of the rectangle to the other side of the notebook so the top of the fabric (where you folded it over) holds the purse open the right amount. Now pull the fabric toward the bottom of the purse along each edge of the V-shape you are making. Pin that down toward the bottom too. Now you can sew it all up and do the same on the other side. Don't bee worried about making this part hella neat on the inside. You can't see it too well anyway and it's really hard to get your hand in there to sew! I just made sure to hide the stitches on the outside under the edge of my lining fabric.
Oh, you want to make some sort of closure probably, I glued two ribbons around the entire outside leaving enough left over to tie a bow around a big red button I sewed to one side.
Hope that was ok! please ask questions! Thanks for your interest!