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« on: January 15, 2008 11:39:41 PM »

I decided to combine my love of organization (liar liar!), my love of knitting (true) and making purses out of books.

First, find a cool book like this 1950’s Complete Book of Knitting.

First, rip out all the pages by using a box cutter.  Measure your book.  Mine is 13” by 9”.  So, cut out a rectangle that has at least another 0.5” all around. (I cut out a rectangle 14.5” by 10.5”).  Now iron under the extra all away around so that your edges are finished looking and fit the book.  Glue the single layer edge-finished rectangle to the inside of the book, leaving 0.5” all around the edges NOT glued.  You need the edges to be unglued so you can tuck the gusset edges under the lining.

You need two side gussets.  You need to make a trapezoid shape.  Measure how far you want the book to open.  My desire was 5.5” at the top (finished opening).  The spine width is 1.5” – that is the bottom of your trapezoid.  So, I made a trapezoid with a 6.5” top on the fold and 2.5” wide at the bottom.  Press all around the sides 0.5” from the edge to make a flap to glue between the rectangle purse lining and the gussets. 

I used fabric adhesive to glue the gusset seam allowances between the lining rectangle and the book cover.  I used book binder clips to hold the edges together while the glue dried. 

If this doesn’t make sense, buy Leah (The Craftster Creator)’s book, Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy for a full-on explanation.  Or check the Tutorials here!

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 10:22:11 AM »

Note:  I couldn't figure out how to get the photos in the right order, so I hope jumping around works for everyone!
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008 02:18:23 PM »

wow that is so pretty!! what agreat use of an old book! awesome! and I am quite envious of your needles. are they bamboo? they look so enticing! great work Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008 09:05:01 PM »

Yes, flootloop, they are indeed bamboo.  Great to work with!  When I read your post I thought, hey! I should use two knitting needles as handles for this thing.  What do you think?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008 06:24:23 PM »

This is so pretty, I would've never thought to use a book!
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2008 09:47:29 AM »

yes, bamboo is great to work with! ooh knitting needles for the handles is a great idea! go for it!
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2008 04:51:10 PM »

That is gorgeous. i love the cover of the book...what a great find!
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