About 2 1/2 years ago I started working on a new item to sell at my craft shows. I can't find photos of the first two attempts I made, but they were definitely not up to my standards! I put the project on the back burner, pulling it out occassionally to look at it, get frustrated, and put it back in the cabinet where it was hiding.
Then a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue (why does it always happen like that?!) I figured out what the problem was and how to fix it!!
The first versions were just upcycled books lined with fabric. Which made it nearly impossible to use. You could put things in it sure, but the opening was barely wide enough to fit your hand in to get anything back out.
The simple solution that took me so long to realize was to add an accordion fold to the side panels. And hey, while your add it why not add in a zippered divider?!
So after much time and frustration I am happy to present to your the newest addition to my craft show inventory (and possibly my Etsy shop)--The Upcycled Book Clutch!!
I only have two that are complete and ready for the show but I hope to have several more before Thanksgiving.
If there is any interest in a pattern let me know!