Thursday, 9 May 2013

Book Clutch Bag

First of all... a bit of an apology. As you can see it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, and I know my mum for one is clamouring for a new post. Things have been a bit busier with work, and in all honesty with all this nice weather I've not really felt too much like making things as I do in the freezing winter. But don't fret... I've been inspired by lots of things recently, and some lovely comments, so I will be making sure I keep to my regular posting from now on!

So... to the book clutch. I went to a wedding last weekend, and realised I didn't really have a little bag for keeping things in. I went shopping but couldn't find one I liked, so gave up and ended up in the magazine section of a supermarket reading Cloth magazine. Which is where I found an amazing little tutorial by the lovely lady at

Now by this time it was the night before the wedding, but I have another one this weekend, so I decided to make it as soon as possible. For those of you, like myself, who recoil in horror somewhat at the idea of cutting up a book, let me reassure you by telling you my book was/is infact the autobiography of a Mrs Cherie Blair. For those of you not from the UK, she is the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and is perhaps not the most interesting of people (in my opinion of course). Needless to say I wasn't even distracted by reading the book, and perfectly happy to cut it up!

Erica's tutorial is really great so obviously there's little for me to say on the subject of actually making the book bag. I did use PVA glue, rather than Mod Podge, as it's much cheaper and easier to come by in the UK. I'm really happy with my book clutch although if you look closely inside, it's not particularly neat. If you have a really thick book like me, make sure your knife is very sharp, and you don't hack away at it in excitement like I did. I also found that PVA stuck to my wax paper so I used a cut up plastic bag between pages, which PVA can easily be pulled away from.

All in all I'm really chuffed with my bag, and so happy I found the tutorial to make it. So why don't you make one too... just make sure it's a book no ones likely to read!

Emily Kate

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