PLEASE NOTE: FEEL FREE TO MAKE THEM FOR YOURSELF, OR AS GIFTS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT PROFIT FROM THEM. KARMA, BABY!
I had made my first one for the recent Book Lover's Swap, and some of you asked for a tutorial, so here it is - new and improved! I actually made 4 of these today, tweaking the process on each revision (and deleting the pics on my camera each time!)
So here's what I feel is the best way to make these:
1. Find a paperback book with a cool cover (the Evil Daughter found a cheesy Fabio romance novel), and carefully tear the cover off, keeping it all in one piece.
2. Laminate the cover with a hot laminate (not cold!), and while it's still warm, fold the cover so it retains it's bookish shape. SAVE THE BOOK PART!
3. Trim the outside edge of the book about 1/3 inch, using edge of the printing to keep a straight line. It doesn't have to be perfect.
4. Lay the cover on some fabric, making the top and bottom edges wider than the cover by the width of the book. This will allow enough for seam allowance, and still keep the book shape. (In the pic you will see I had made it a bit wider, but I ended up trimming it down later.) Leave an extra inch or so on the sides, you'll trim this later.
5. Fold the fabric in half, and cut it in half where the middle of the spine would be. Believe me, this makes it soooo much easier to work with!
6. Keeping right sides together, sew your zipper in. Topstitch so it lays flat (I hand sewed mine later, so do it now to make things easier.)
7. Sew sides together. It's okay if you don't sew all the way to the zipper. Slide the book in to check the fit. Not too loose - not too tight. (You can see here that I had to trim it a bit to get the proper fit.)
8. Remove the book, and folding the seam against the zipper, make a point at the top corner (think paper-airplane). Sew across to make the corner square. Turn right-side-out to check the corners.
9. Slide the book back in with the zipper closed, with the spine to the open end. Line up the seams and zipper and such, and make sure it's nice and snug. Trim the excess from the bottom, leaving enough to fold the ends over the edge of the book. Glue or sew shut, then fold the corners in and do the same.
10. Apply adhesive (I used E6000 on the first ones, but have a secret glue I use now - much stronger!) to the inside of the cover, keeping the glue inside the cover's edge so you don't see the glue through the laminate.
11. Place the pouch, book still zipped inside, into the cover and line it all up nice.
12. Place it into a vise, some clamps, or under another book to keep it's shape while it dries.
13. Unzip, carefully remove the book, bending the book as you need to remove it.
14. TA-DA!!! Now you have a nifty clutch to hold the essentials, or a really good hiding spot for tampons or whatever!AGAIN - PLEASE NOTE: FEEL FREE TO MAKE THEM FOR YOURSELF, OR AS GIFTS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT PROFIT FROM THEM. KARMA, BABY!