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.