By now you're probably all wondering what in the world I'm talking about so I'm going to tell you. I've been making book purses! What the heck is a book purse you may ask, well it's as simple as it sounds, a purse made from the cover of a book. Inspired by what I've seen around cyberspace including some great book covers and some gorgeous fabrics begging to be turned into something, I decided what better way to show my love of books than to make a purse out of one! This is not even close to being a "Renee's Original Idea" as there are many places you can go right now to buy a book purse but some are quite pricey. My goal was to create a functional bag that looked super cute while at the same time being durable and most importantly usable and inexpensive. I checked Wal-Mart, Joann's, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble and with all of the materials I got this is what I made.
|Sherlock Holmes Book Purse|
|The Chronicles of Narnia Book purse|
Over the past few weeks I've posted photos to Facebook of the different stages of the purse while I was making it and I got a great response from my friends. A few of my friends even suggested that I start up a store and sell the purses online. Depending on how the first two "experimental" purses I have made hold up I'm definitely considering it. My mother is a phenomenal seamstress and she has been a lot of help with this project. Since she enjoys sewing so much I am thinking about partnering with her to sell not only the book purses but other handmade goods such as aprons and other types of handbags. What does this mean for this blog? Well I'm not sure yet but it could mean a little less posting from me. Depending on whether or not I decide to go ahead with the online store the number of posts will probably vary depending on how busy I get. That won't be for a while yet but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Don't worry, I won't be giving up this blog anytime soon, reading and reviewing books are still my first loves.
So now that you've all seen what I've been working on what do you think? Are the book purses cute? Are they something you would ever buy? Cute or not cute?
P.S. The pages of the books are still intact and completely readable. As a book lover I don't think I'd have the heart to make these purses if I couldn't save the story! :-)