Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nancy Drew Part 1; A Clutch Purse

Hello Readers. Do you remember Nancy Drew? She was a mature, polished teen that solved mysteries for her dad. She was no-nonsense, had a cool convertible car, and always dressed well. Even when she was out-smarting the bad guys. I recently was given a copy of the first book in the series, along with some other books from a neighbor. (Thanks Jackie!)

My daughter has a copy of this book and so does my local library. (I've seen it.)
And there was a small problem with this specific book, the pages were coming apart from the cover. The whole back of the spine was split. For all these reasons, I decided to make this book into something else entirely. 

A little clutch purse.
I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it. The tutorial is here. It seemed simple enough but the hot glue was a little messy and difficult. As you will see, read on.

I removed the pages with a razor blade.

I traced the book and cut the lining the right size. I used a scrap of blue velvet because I had it on hand and I thought the thickness of the fabric would hide the glue under it. It worked well for that.

I glued the lining down and then glued in the zipper. The tutorial recommended gluing one side and then the other. That worked well too.

Here is my finished clutch. It is really small and will only hold the basics. A thicker book would hold more, but I really like it. It goes perfectly with tomorrow's project. Check back to see what else I made in honor of the most fabulous teen detective.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.


  1. Love this clutch. I am and was a huge Nancy Drew fan. You did a great job with this. I look forward to Part 2. Cheers, Michele

    1. Thanks Vintagethrifter51! It was more fun than practical but I loved it too.

  2. I loved Nancy Drew books. Actually I've never met a girl who didn't. Such a neat purse! Now I'm wondering what tomorrow's project will be.

    1. Check back Jenny_o. All I can say is I now have a complete look.