Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Book Bag

I've seen some of these bags made from books on various websites and etsy shops. I've wanted to make one for a while and have been on the look out for the perfect book.The Friends bookstore at the Central Library had a 50% off sale last week, and I scored some great finds - a whole big stack of books for only $7.50! Amongst the treasures was this gardening book from 1968 - and it was only a dollar. It was in a binder format so was the perfect size for a purse.
I bought some handles (about five bucks) and ribbon (two bucks) at Michael's. I also bought some Modge Podge to varnish the outside and protect it a little from scuffs and water.

For the interior, I used the retro flowered fabric from my recent thrift store splurge. A little hot glue, sewing, embroidery thread and more ribbon, and now I have my very own book bag. I'm looking forward to making a few more and am keeping my eye out for some cool, vintagey books.


Laura! said...

Hooray! That bag turned out pretty awesome. Well played.

Emily said...

I'm a fan.
whatever happened to our art group?
We should start that up again, but maybe we could have it sort of be like the book club. Each person gets to pick one project for their assigned weekend.
Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

cherish, that's so cute. you know you could sell those kinds of bags, i bet people would buy them

grubekl said...

Etsy, my friend, is calling your name. Those would be popular.