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Chris Gardner

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Comments - Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2015:

I'm having a heart attack watching you use a rotary cutter with no ruler....those poor fingers.......please get one!!  

Great tutorial, btw.  : ) 


Anonymous on Sep 16, 2013:

what a great GRADUATION gift this would be!


DECOdeniquo on Jul 27, 2012:

I wanted to make my own book clutch, but just studying the photos of Olympia Le Tan's clutches did not seem to do the trick for me... When it came to the details on how to make it functional your video helped me so much! ! I've used your technique -well at least part of it- and created my version... Thought you you'd like what i made of it :) http://decodeniquo.blogspot.com/2012/07/secret-garden-kitap-portfoy-book-clutch.html


(Oh and i linked to your page, in case people would like to see your video that inspired me so much. I hope that's ok!) 


David E Martin on Jan 04, 2012:

Interesting idea. I've been hollowing out books for storage hideaways for decades.
But, um.... THE INVADERS??????  A Quinn  Martin Production??????????
Couldn't you have found a Trixie Belden or Annette or any of the other Whitman Books that might lend themselves a buit better to a purse?


Olivia Tejeda on Feb 05, 2011:

This is a great project! Thanks for posting it.  I linked to it on my blog today and have gotten a great response.


Ashley on Nov 06, 2010:

I did mine slightly differently, but here you are!

Tulle is NOT an ideal fabric to work with, just FYI.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a117/ashleymouse/IMG_20101106_004852.jpg


Anonymous on Mar 07, 2010:

i love that!!! so totally getting another potter book and doing that!!!


deebs on Jan 01, 2010:

Great project.  You could eliminate the handles and use a snap/velcro closure for a gender friendly pouch.  I think I may have to try that. 


dragonlady on Dec 14, 2009:

Love the idea! I will have to try this for my nieces with books of things they love.


Spesh on Aug 18, 2009:

I know I'm digging this up from ages ago, but I wanted to ask a quick question. I'm definitely planning on making some of these, just because they're so awesome and I have about five copies of all my favorite books in hard cover. My question is this: is the final product very sturdy? I'm not familiar with working with fabric glue, but I was wondering if the book bag could hold a bit of weight, or if I should go easy on it. I'm sure it'd be easy to fix any accidents that might happen, but I figured I'd ask just to be safe.


jeans919191 on Jul 14, 2009:

That is a lovely handbag. I can't believe a boy can do that.


FANNY GIL on Apr 28, 2009:

I LOVE THE HANGBAG VIDEO AND WANT TO THANKS TO CRIS BECAUSE I MADE ONE WITH MY LOVED BOOK : ALGEBRA DE BALDOR I AM A MATHEMATICS RETAIRED TEACHER AND I GAVE IT FOR A GIFT TO MY NIECE. SHE IS FINISHING ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING AND SHE LIKES MATHEMATICS SO MUCH AND APRECIATES CRAFTS MADE FOR ME. I AM FROM VENEZUELA ,I AM 61 YEARS OLD AND MY HOBBY IS CRAFTS.I VERY HAPPY BECAUSE I LEARNED TO MAKE THE HANDBAG. GREETINGS, FANNY


Anonymous on Apr 19, 2009:

I just finished making one of my own. It has a swirly orange cover with back binding and handles. And a orange, purple and green floral fabric from the 60's as the lining. I love it sooo much, thank you for this design!


sweetez on Oct 04, 2008:

Very, very cute... and your a guy!!!  =) You make it look so simple to create.  Well, we'll see if I can!  LOVE IT!!!


TerryLuv2Hack on May 05, 2008:

I love it! 


jrsjewels on May 03, 2008:

Well done! This is fantastic!


recycleit on Apr 14, 2008:

Yes!  Recycle it! What a great use for science fiction art, and one-of-a-kind gifts.  Unfortunately, I will not emulate your feat, but I certainly do admire it.


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