Not quite a handbag, but close enough...This is my first actual craft posting, so let me know what you think!
I suppose you could make this with any sort of transparencies - x-rays, overheads, etc.
This is a wallet I made out of microfiche (love those excellent graphics!) - the little black squares are actually tiny negatives of government documents. (The pictures don't really do it justice, I think.
I got the microfiche from a friend who worked at the library and they were getting rid of old stuff. (The documents themselves aren't very provacative or top secret or anything.)
The construction was pretty simple - I needed to cut six pieces of microfiche:
2 for the outer cover of the money pocket
2 for the inner cover of the money pocket
2 for the card pocket (the extra flap in the picture)
The card pocket folds over half of the money pocket and keeps the cards and money from falling out!
The two pieces for the outer cover were wider and longer than the two inner pieces, as you can see by the pictures, just like a regular wallet.
This also makes it easier to fold over the card pocket flap.
Since the microfiche isn't super-flexible like fabric or leather, I had to cut the inner cover pieces slightly smaller than the outer, so when the wallet was folded closed there was less bulk for the outer cover to wrap around and it would fold up nice and neat. Because of this, the wallet doesn't open all the way, but it works just fine.
I just used electrical tape to bind all the edges, starting with the inner seams of the money pocket as shown, then adding the two pieces for the card pocket to the top of the outer cover:
The inner side of the card pocket (the top microfiche section in the previous picture) is slighly shorter than the outer side, so that there's less bulk and it folds up tighter.
I "seamed" up the sides of the card pocket, then I finished off all the edges by folding over lengths of electrical tape to make them look nice.
Here is the finished product all folded up:
Probably won't last too long, but it's fun for now.