Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ICC#35- Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

This week's Iron Craft Challenge was to create something using a book.  I struggled with this all week and then had a burst of inspiration on Monday night.  I always carry a book with me in my purse.  I had also seen many purses made from book covers.  So I thought, why not make a purse from a book, but leave the book?  And that's what I did.  It's a Book Clutch!

I spent about 30 minutes at the thrift store trying to find the right book for this.  I finally found a copy of Anne of Green Gables that included three of the books from the series.  I felt alright cutting out the last book because 1.) I have the entire series already and 2.) It was out of order- they included Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne's House of Dreams.  Come on now.

I started by cutting out a section of the back part of the book.  Think of it like making a book safe, but with only a third of the book.

Next, I covered this section with fabric.  I just mod podged it in there.  I used green fabric because green is my favorite color and it is Anne of GREEN Gables, but in the future I would choose a lighter shade; the green stood out too much.

During this whole time, it felt like a big, ugly mess.  You just have to push through it.  Keep trimming and gluing and you can do it.

Next, I drilled a hole in the front and back cover and attached ribbon and a button.  This created the closing mechanism.

I put in a little wallet, but you can do whatever you like.  I think in the future it would be neat to sew little matching pockets and make the whole thing look prettier.  It's a bit messy as is the case with first tries :)

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  1. This is a perfect compromise for this challenge! You are always so creative :)

  2. I think I have that exact book, how funny!

  3. That's so cool! I'm adding this to my DIY board on Pinterest.

  4. i like the fact that it still is a book! very handy.

  5. fabulous, very creative...hope your day is awesome!

    enjoy *~*


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