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How-To: DIY Book Clutch from DVD Case

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By Samantha Baldwin
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Natalie Portman carried a book clutch to the New York premiere of Black Swan. Kate Spade has created a line of book clutches called the Book of the Month Clutch. Portman’s clutch, by designer Olympia Le-Tan, retails for $1,250, if you can even get one. Kate Spade’s are $325, still out of reach for many of us. That makes a book clutch an official fashion trend. The high cost also makes it ripe for DIY possibilities.
My DIY book clutch is similar to Kate Spade’s in size and style. It costs about a dollar to make, does not damage any books, and is completely customizable. You choose your favorite author and book, and you can even design your own cover.


1 DVD movie case
A small piece of velvet or similar fabric
A round mirror, about 4 1/2 inches in diameter
A fancy button


Step 1: To make the purse, which is a wallet-style clutch, you will first need to find a high-resolution image of the book you would like to reproduce. One way to do this is simply to scan the cover of a book you already have. Crop the image to the dimensions of a DVD cover. (11 inches by 7 1/4 inches) and print on a good quality color printer.
Bookclutch Step2
Step 2: Using a DVD case, remove the lock that holds the DVD in place with a razorblade.
Optional: Remove any plastic tabs.
Bookclutch Step3
Step 3: Cut fabric to line the case.
Bookclutch Step4
Step 4: Glue the fabric into the inside of the case.
Optional: Sew in any pockets, credit card holders, etc. before gluing down the fabric.
Bookclutch Final
Step 5: Carry your clutch when you just want a stylish wallet. Make an entire series of book clutches and store them on your shelf.
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About the Author:
Author Samantha Baldwin
A former journalist turned fashion knock off artist, Samantha writes a DIY home design and a DIY fashion column for She is also a staff writer at Dollar Store Crafts and writes for her own blog at Bromeliad.

6 thoughts on “How-To: DIY Book Clutch from DVD Case

  1. Lish Dorset says:

    Love it! I think I’ll try this with a VHS case – even more room for goodies inside!

  2. Jan says:

    So I won’t overlook that box of dusty DVDs or video tapes at the next garage sale I rummage through. Great idea for gifts.

  3. Nese says:

    I was just thinking the same thing! I have an empty VHS case sitting around from making a crocheted clutch from the VHS film. Here’s the link if you or anyone else is interested.

  4. CelebrateGreen says:

    I absolutely love this and will tweet etc. and make a bunch for gifts with my own designed paper. THANK YOU for a brilliant idea!

  5. Heather says:

    Where do the button and mirror go? They are listed in materials but not addressed in directions. Marvelous idea, BTW!!

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