DIY Book Clutch

   Whenever I think of posting a DIY tutorial on my blog, I always think of posting something unique. Well I couldn't say that it's entirely original, but I would like to share something that is not that ubiquitous or common.

     I've said before that I'd love to share something easy for my DIYs here in my blog. However, this one isn't something that you might consider easy because this requires a lot of patience. I am somebody who needs to attend more workshop about patience, so I gave this one a shot. Moreover, this DIY is for all the book lovers out there and I happen to be one, so being able to accomplish this project is a real dose of happiness for me.
     If you adore books and fashion, well here's a DIY for you!

WHAT YOU NEED:
- A book cover 
(You will need something from a book that is thick and hardbound. You don't have to buy something new, an old one will do and please don't throw the book once you are done with your project,read it! :)
-Zipper 
(Look for a zipper that has a similar/somewhat similar length to the book you will be using. It would be best if you can find a zipper that will get along with the color of your fabric.)
-Fabric 
(You can actually choose any fabric that you like but I would suggest to choose something that is lightweight because we will be using fabric glue which makes it easier to stick. You are also very much free to choose whatever print you like or if you want it plain.)
-Needle & Thread
(Use a thread that will go together with the color of your fabric. In my case, I used a black thread.)
-Fabric Glue
-Scissors
-Cutter

DIRECTIONS:
Step 1.
Using a cutter, separate the book pages from it's cover. Be careful with this one for you not to hurt yourself. You may ask someone to help you with this if you find this step hard. But, seriously it's not that difficult to separate the two.
Step 2.
Once you have your book cover with you, cover it with the fabric of your choice using a fabric glue. Of course, you need to measure the size of your book cover so you'll know how much fabric do you need to cover it. And please do not throw away the book itself, you may keep it with you and read it :)
Also, if you feel like the book cover isn't hard enough, you may glue a thick cardboard on top of it before covering the whole thing with a fabric. That will make the book cover more durable.
Step 3.
Measure a piece of fabric with the same length as the sides of your book cover. That includes all the sides of it. Cut it into 4 inches wide then divide it into two, which is 2 inches each.
Step 4.
Attach you fabric and your zipper together by sewing them. You may use a sewing machine, but in my case, I hand sew them. My zipper isn't long enough to cover all sides of my book cover, so I have to take two pieces of fabric with the size of 2x3 inches to compensate the space on both sides. (see first photo below) You don't have to do it if your zipper is long enough to cover the other ends of your book cover. You may proceed to the next step if that's your case.
Step 5.
Once you are done sewing all the fabrics that you need, you may start gluing them on both sides of your book cover. The last step is for you to cover the inside of your book clutch to cover the fabrics that you have glued in it. That is to make the inside of your clutch appear more neat.

You may use a fabric to cover the inside of your clutch, or anything else. For my clutch, I use a page from the book that I used. It is a picture of a yacht in a vast ocean and I just love it! (see second photo below)

Viola! You may now use your very own book clutch!
    I am crazy about this project and I think of enough words to say to describe what I felt after making this DIY. This DIY involves so much patience and hardwork, but this is so worth it once it's all done. This diy project is perfect as a gift to yourself or to someone who is worth all of your time and effort.

    I hope you love this project. Let me know what you think about this on the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

love lots,
Tin

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41 comments:

  1. What a marvelous idea and worth doing. I was thinking of doing it with book covers to make them sturdier esp for paper bound ones, he, he. Love the fabric too. You are creative and have good eyes and taste to match.

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  2. What a marvelous idea and worth doing. I was thinking of doing it with book covers to make them sturdier esp for paper bound ones, he, he. Love the fabric too. You are creative and have good eyes and taste to match.

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    1. It actually has the book covers with them Sir. I just wrapped them with the fabric to sprinkle some style hehe thanks a lot Sir!

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  3. Wow,you're genius, Tin, I have never thought of doing clutch bag from book cover, it looks very smart and you chose beautiful print, my dear friend! I'm impressed on your work, great job, dear!

    Happy Easter to you, dear
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    1. Thank you very much for your wonderful words dearest :)

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  4. ANG GALING!!! at ang ganda!! such a cool idea!!
    an encyclopedia type of book would be a perfect huge tote bag!! hahaha!

    Happy Easter Sunday!
    Animated Confessions

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    1. Thank you Sybil!!! and yes, I agree with you about the encyclopedia types of books. Was actually looking or one but most of them are expensive. Sayang naman kung gawin lang bag LOL ahaha

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  5. Ohhh this is just sooo cute! I really love your idea and how original it is! Thanks for sharing, have to try this on day :D

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    1. Thank you and you are welcome dear :) hope to see your creation someday too!

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  6. It is very unique and very lovely! The possible styles are endless with it. Great choice :) Much love sweetie!

    All Things Bright and Lovely

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  7. Oh gosh, what an amazing DIY clutch! But I don't know if I could ever do this to my hardcover books! Perhaps I'll thrift one they make it! Yay!

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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    1. THanks Bash! and yes, you should, I actually used a thrifted book for that diy hehehe

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  8. Wooow! Super cute DIY tin! hehe it looks very cute I love the color :)

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  9. Tin, this is absolutely WOW!!! What a gorgeous and clever idea. Love the outcome, looks stunning! Hope you had a lovely Easter, girl.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  10. sis this is so amazeballs as in! i was so impressed esp now that you sewed in this project pala - i suck at that. i hope you post more DIY related things, youre a really creative person. also i think your patient kaya :) no need for workshop. if you are patient enough to read my posts then that means youre a very patient person lol

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    1. Thank you sis and hey I also suck in sewing! ahahhaa just managed to do it just to finish this project lol and no, still would argue na hindi ako patient, I''m actually moody and a bit crazy hahahaha lol

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  11. This is such a brilliant idea Tin! :) I love the fact that this way we can give the old books a new life! :)
    I am sure it took a lot of time and patience, but as the end result looks that good, I believe it was all worth, right?
    If I'll ever have enough time (lately I've been superbusy) I'll make one myself as well!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Maddie! yes, it sure is! hope you can make one as well to, it would be amazing for sure!

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  12. great post!
    xx

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  13. Woah that is such a cute diy! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Aly In Wanderland | BLOGLOVIN | GFC

    xo, Alyssa

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    1. thank you for your lovely thoughts Alyssa! :)

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  14. Nice blog, i love your pictures. Follow you :)

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  15. amazing idea! thanks for sharing. love ur DIY
    have a great weekend!
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    cheers!

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    1. Thank you and you are welcome dear! :) will surely do!

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  16. this is a super cool idea! :)

    xoxo, rae
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  17. Hope you're having great Monday so far, Tin! :)

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    1. THank you so much dear! I hope you will enjoy a wonderful day as always!

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  18. I absolutely love this project! I've been meaning to do it myself for a while, but I always felt weird about ruining a book in order to get a clutch. However, you opened my eyes! I don't need to get rid of the book, I can keep it (and perhaps even make new covers for it, so that's another DIY project to have in mind with).

    I've seen a few posts with this DIY and I have to tell you that your version is the most beautiful one I have seen so far. This clutch you created is truly a work of art.

    p.s. I really appreciate your comment. I'm not giving up on blogging yet:)

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    1. Thanks a lot dear! Would love to see your creation someday too once you are done with it! thank you, for always! :))

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  19. Well this is by far one of the most interesting DIY's i have seen thus far.
    Great work love.

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    1. You are too kind my dear, thank you very much! :)

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