Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My DIY: Book friendly wallet clutch


At long last, my current version of a DIY book clutch.

This particular DIY is inspired by Kate Spade's book clutch, which is $325. Mine cost basically nothing, and, most importantly, no actual books were harmed in the making of this clutch.


This clutch allows you to make a fully customizable cover - your favorite obscure book without cutting up your favorite obscure book.

On the down side, it's a wallet clutch, which means it holds only wallet things - money, credit cards and papers. No room for lipstick.


The shell of the book is made from a DVD case.

You will replace the DVD title cover with your own custom "book cover." To do this, you will need a high resolution image of a vintage book cover that is at least 11 inches by 7 1/4 inches.

If you can't find one online, you can scan a favorite book or download the cover I used, which is available here. (I chose The Great Gatsby for its Long Island association.) Print it and trim to fit inside the clear sleeve of the DVD case.

Using a razor blade, cut out the ring that holds the DVD in place. You can also cut out any clips or tabs that you don't find attractive. (I kept some since I can clip papers to them.)


Trim some black velvet (or black felt) to fit inside the case.


Glue the fabric to the inside of the case.


Glue a 4 1/2 inch diameter mirror (such as from an old compact) into the depression where a DVD would normally go.

Glue a fancy button to the edge of the case as a faux purse latch.

As an option, you can sew or glue pockets and holders.


Look smart while carrying your coupons, gum, wads of cash and Metro Card. Make a different book for every outfit.

19 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I remember being in BK once and seeing a girl with a nintendo game boy purse. I was quite intrigued how that Hack worked. Never had the guts to go up and ask her though...

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  2. That's ever so clever! And you hold it beautifully. I'm tempted to go for a variant of it and cover all my ugly, garish DVDs with pretty book covers.

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  3. Super clever. This trend reminds me of the cigar box purse trend about a decade ago -- remember that?

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  4. Love this! Great idea!

    Haley @ Cardigan Junkie
    www.cardiganjunkie.com

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  5. I remember cigar box purses. Also magazine purses. Those are still pretty cool. Wish I had my old ones.

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  6. Very Clever! Lord knows I have enough DVD covers to stock all the Kate Spade stores with your versions!

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  7. Great choice of book and I like the button detail.

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  8. I am in love with your blog and was going to email you but I couldn't find your email address anywhere so here it is, I love your blog and am always checking it out.

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  9. What a brilliant idea! I just love it! :)

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  10. I don't know how I missed this- genius! Off to tweet immediately.

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  11. AWESOME, I look forward to making these, maybe add some bling and give for Christmas presents.

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  12. cool! what type of glue you used?

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  13. i did this with an old vhs tape case in the same style n though im not finished i LOVE it https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559227_10200959064763715_91275151_n.jpg see it here

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  14. Awesome job. You wear it well.

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