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This Book Purse will be made just for you from a beautiful vintage edition of "The Wizard of Oz." Please allow 2-3 weeks for it to be made.

I don’t actually remember this story, but my mother has told it to me so many times it has entered my personal mythology. It was the last day of Kindergarten, and I came stomping across the front lawn with a face like thunder. My mother asked what was wrong, and I told her that I was angry that school was over, that I was bored. She told me to go read a book, and I told her that I couldn’t read on my own yet. She insisted I try, and gave me “The Wizard of Oz.” I went into my room, and didn’t come out until I was finished. I was transported. It was the first book I read on my own, and while I came to love the movie on its own merits, the Oz of the book is so much darker and more wonderful, and I will never forget that it was the first magical land I ever traveled to.

The cover has a gorgeous full color illustration of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion walking down the Yellow Brick Road, which wraps all the way around to the back. The interior is fully lined in a rainbow marbled patterned fabric. This fabric reminds me of the marbled paper used in old fancy books. All fabrics are 100% cotton quilting fabric.

The dimensions are approximately 9 1/4" long, 1 1/4" wide, 6" tall, and the handles are 6" wide by 4" tall. The longer the book, the wider the purse, so this one is a nice size for carrying your necessities on a special night out.

The handles are made with green striped acrylic beads on a gold metal frame, and the purse closes with a gold metal button and grosgrain ribbon loop. When not in use, the handles may be folded inside the purse and you can store it on a bookcase just like a real book. The Book Purses look wonderful stashed among your favorite tomes, and as you collect them, you can have an entire shelf full of purses! You can even store valuables inside them on your shelf, to keep them hidden.

There is a narrow pocket inside perfect for a slim phone or wallet, and the spine is reinforced for durability. While the purses are not fragile, and are certainly more durable than the original books they are made from, care should be taken with them. If you treat your Book Purse like you would treat a treasured old book, you will be able to enjoy it for years and years to come.

Bibliophiles, don't fret! Most of my wallets and purses are made from damaged or discarded books, 90% were being thrown out by libraries. All care is taken to never use valuable or rare books. Have a favorite book that is falling apart? Send it to me and I will turn it into a one of a kind purse or wallet for you! Email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com, or contact me through Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=5042309&ref=owner_contact_leftnav

Custom Wizard of Oz Book Purse - made from recycled vintage book


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: book, fabric, beads, button, ribbon
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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