These Book Purse DIYs Will be Your New Favorite Fashion Accessories

In the past several years designers have sent a lot of different purses down the runway that resemble or have been inspired by books.

Unfortunately, for most of us mere mortals, the prices of these book purses have been a bit steep, ranging from Kate Spade’s Book of the Month Clutches ($325) to Olivia Tan’s embroidered series of book purses (which start at around $1500 and go up from there).

Luckily, if you have a crafty bent, there are plenty of tutorials online that will show you how to make your own book purse–from a real book.

The great thing about this is being able to get exactly what book you want–give thrift stores and library book sales a try–as well as customizing the inside fabric and outside hardware.

If you’re like me, you can always pick and choose methods and looks from different DIY book handbag tutorials and make a franken-purse from the parts you like best!

My 7 Favorite Book Purse Tutorials

book purse tutorial
Photo: Curbly

Although this video tutorial is from 2008, it’s still perfect for people who learn visually. You need to purchase some wooden purse handles from your local craft store. It does require minimal sewing skills, but if you can fold fabric over and sew a seam, you should be okay. (Alternately, you could just use fabric glue).

Curbly Video Tutorial, How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book


bookish and belle purse
Photo: Bookish & Belle

This book clutch from Celeste at Bookish & Belle is a bit more labor-intensive, but is worth the work for how it turns out. Being a clutch, there are no handles.

Bookish & Belle: How to Make a Book Clutch


rookie book purse diy

This book handbag from Rookie Magazine has been re-covered, so if you can’t find a book with a cover that you like, you might want to go the route they did here.

Rookie Mag: It’s a Book, It’s a Bag!


scribbles from emily book purse diy
Photo Credit: Scribbles from Emily

Emily at Scribbles From Emily takes a different (and easier) approach by purchasing a wallet on clearance at Target and gluing a book cover to it. Perfect if you want features like zip pockets but not having to do it yourself.

Emily’s DIY Book Clutch a la Kate Spade


refab diaries book clutch

This DIY book clutch tutorial from Candice at the Refab Diaries uses a different method, carving out the inside of a book (similar to a book safe) so the pages still show on the outside to maintain the look. She also glues a mirror to the inside and uses a ribbon closure.

The Refab Diaries’ Little Book Clutch Purse


hgtv book purse diy
Photo Credit: HGTV

Remember when HGTV had shows that actually told you how to do things instead of an endless doses of  fake house hunts and shiplap? This is their version of a simple book purse.

HGTV Handmade: How to Make a Hardcover Book Purse


hungry panda bookclutch
Photo: Hungry Panda

Hungry Panda Clothing‘s book purse does require sewing skills, but the way it’s created completely preserves the cover. It also has handles, which are attached to the inside instead of the outside.

Hungry Panda Book Purse Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed these book clutch and purse tutorials!

Any others out there you think I should see? Have you made a book purse using any of these DIYs?

Let me know in the comments below!










  1. These are so cool! Thanks so much for including my post in the list!

    1. Jodi says:

      Thanks for making such a great tutorial!

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