Hello again followers! I’m SO sorry it has been so long since I last posted. This holiday season was rather hectic for me, between work and things happening at home. However, I still found time to get crafty!
My latest project was suggested to me by a co-worker. She saw the video floating around facebook, and sent it to me. Being a librarian, how could I not absolutely LOVE a book purse??? She was so right!
What you need: 2 different colors of felt (for the inside and outside of your bag), chain, hardware of your choosing to attach the chain, a book box (you can find these at michael’s and ac moore), hot glue gun, pliers, a drill, and a pair of scissors.
First I measured and cut all my felt for the inside and outside of my book. I also cut two small squares of felt to attach to the inside of each side of the book, to keep it together when you open it. Rounding one corner of the square also makes it look a little nicer. That is the corner that won’t be glued to anything, so you will notice it.
You can see I chose neutral colors for my book purse. I want to be able to wear it with almost anything! I found a nice embossed design on brown felt for the outside, and used plain gray on the inside. Once you have glued down all your felt, inside and out, you are ready for your chain!
I found my chain at Joann’s. They had the best selection for what I was looking for. As you know from other posts, I do not do well with power tools. So….that being said, I did enlist the help of my boyfriend again for this one. He helped me figure out what hardware would be best to use, and then installed it for me.
(note: that wrench was just there to hold the book open while we worked. made it so much easier!)
Due to the fact that we were drilling through cardboard, the big flat washers helped to cover a bigger surface on the inside so the bolts won’t pull out. It’s pretty sturdy! I have already used it a few times.
Final step! The chain! Simply use a pair of pliers to hook it onto your hardware, and you are ready to go!
Whether you’re a librarian like me, or just have a crazy LOVE of books, this is the purse for you! It definitely won’t hold much; it’s not meant to. However, it will hold just enough for a night out with your friends to look stylish and cool. My fellow librarians loved it, so I would say this was definitely NOT a pinterest fail! Pinterest WIN!!!