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This Book Purse is made from a fabulous vintage textbook from the High School Anthology Literary Types set, Studies in Prose and Poetry. I love old textbooks, and this one in no exception. The cover is a beautiful warm brown color, with a bold cover design in an Art Deco feel. The black and yellow accents make it very eye catching, and the back cover is just as cool as the front, with the added bonus of a library sticker still on the spine. This would be a great purse for a High School English teacher, or English Major, or anyone who just loved English class.

For the lining of the purse, I chose a bold cotton print of black circles with a white border, on a brown background that matches the book cover. I love the graphic feel of the fabric, and felt it really complemented the cover.

The handles are made with black wooden beads on a black metal frame, and the purse closes with a funky brown and yellow vintage 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.

The dimensions are approximately 9" long, 1 3/4" wide, 6 1/2" 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 wallet, cell phone, lipstick, and other necessary items for a fun night out.

Bibliophiles, don't fret! Almost all of my work is 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, wallet or case for you! Contact me through Etsy http://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=5042309 or email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com

High School Anthology Book Purse made from recycled vintage book

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