Homemade Book Clutch - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homemade Book Clutch


I'm not even going to tell you guys how much I love books, you probably get it by now. So when I saw this Nerdy Chic Book Clutch DIY from Caught on a Whim, I knew it was only a matter of time before I was toting around my own and showing it off to everyone I know.

But I'm going to be completely honest. That matter of time ended up being a matter of months (yes, many, many months.) This clutch is definitely one of the coolest projects we've ever done. I mean, hollowing out a book to turn it into a purse?! That's awesome! But it was also one of the most complicated, detailed, and in depth projects we've done too.


It literally took us months to finally get this clutch finished, mostly because we had now idea how we were going to explain and document each and every little detail we did in order to make this. (Trust me, it was harder than it looks). We wrote out an entire tutorial, but it turned into something straight out of a rocket science textbook so we decided to scrap it. Ahh, the beauty of blogging.

Regardless, we LOVE this project and we really, really wanted to share it anyway, so we're just going to let the photos do the talking. Is that okay?

Alrighty, here it goes!



This project had many ups and downs, but in the end we feel like we accomplished something pretty awesome! Our process was heavily adapted from the Caught on a Whim tutorial, so if you think you'd like to give this book clutch a try, head on over to her blog for details! And of course, we'd be happy to share any insight we have with you. If you have questions, be sure to leave them in the comments!


Have a great (short) week!

Sarah & Nick

19 comments:

  1. That turned out fantastic! I am super impressed!
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  2. Love this idea! It would make the perfect gift for my bookworm friend :) Thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    Natalie | CincinNatalie
    cincin-natalie.com

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  3. Hi there!!! Are you still making these? I've looked all over Etsy but couldn't find your store, I found similar clutches but I really like yours :D

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    1. Hi Hikaru-chan! Thanks so much for reaching out! We haven't opened up an Etsy shop yet/are undecided on if we will. If you're interested in purchasing a book clutch, we could definitely make one for you! Just shoot me an email at s.a.wissinger@gmail.com and let me know what you're looking for! (i.e. fabric covered or plain with the book cover showing, thickness of the clutch, etc.) We are working on one currently with a Harry Potter book and leaving the cover blank so you can see the book title! I look forward to hearing from you! :)

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  4. Thanks for putting up this tutorial!
    But wait, what are you putting on the book in step number thirteen?

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    1. Hi Jennifer! We're sealing the pages together with Mod Podge.

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  5. I love this! I've been looking for a tutorial on it for a while. I'm trying to figure out how I can attach a strap...any suggestions?

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    1. Thank you! Are you looking to attach a long strap? Perhaps you could glue it in between the pages and the cover?

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  6. What did you use to keep it closed?

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    1. A standard round, magnetic clasp. You can see it in the final photos.

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  7. Is E6000 a type of super glue? If so for that step could I just use any type of superglue?

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    1. Hi! Yes, E6000 is a super glue. It's pretty thick and not liquid like some other super glues. I think another super glue would work as long as it's not a liquid one that would just soak into the fabric. Hope that makes sense!

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  8. I hate to bug you again but was the clasp you used a 3/4" or 1/2" diameter?

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    1. I think we used 1/2", but you could use either! You just cut your hole to whatever size clasp you have.

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