DIY comic book bridesmaid clutch #Fashion DIY#bouquet alternatives#bridesmaid gifts#clutches#comic books#geeky#tutorial May 24 | Guest post by Jessica Charlton All photos by Jessica Charlton Comic book brides! Here's a cool and functional item for your ladies to carry as they join you at the end of the aisle: a purse made from a comic book. Materials: comic book spray sealant tape measure/ruler fabric needle and thread (clear recommended) scissors pins adhesive-backed magnets glue stick To Create: sealing the pages First, open the comic book to the middle. I had a lot of weird ads in the middle of mine, so I skipped to a nearby page with some thrilling plot. Take your comics to a well-ventilated area and spray the cover and middle with at least three coats of spray sealant. folded into thirds When dry, fold comic in thirds, crease. The third of the book with the front cover will now be called Top Flap, back cover third is now Bottom Flap, and the third with a little of both is Purse Back. fabric for the sides Measure height of the Purse Back, then measure how wide you want your purse to open, usually these numbers are close. Now take the height measurement and multiply it by two. [So say you had h:5" w:5"; after multiplication you have h:10" w:5".] Still with me? Related Post Fabulous signature peacock clutches from Red Ruby Rose Whether you are buying one of Red Ruby Rose's handmade clutches for yourself, as a gift, or for your bridesmaids to hold instead of flowers,... Read more Now before you cut these dimensions from your fabric of choice, add 1/4"-1/2" to each side (aka a seam allowance). [So if you add 1/4" to each side of the example, your new dimensions are h:10.5" w:5.5".] Cut two rectangles with your dimensions. Fold fabric piece in half with right sides of fabric facing each other, sew along open edge. hidden stitch ends Flip fabric right-side out and fold in half with raw edges together. Sew along fold, as close to the fold as you can get. angle Position the first seam you made touching the bottom of the purse, angling the fold you just sewed down toward the center of the purse. flaps Fold the top edges of the fabric into itself to create straight lines which line up with and parallel to the top of the Bottom Flap. Use pins to tack the ends of the fabric within the pages of the comic book, making sure to place the pin in a spot where you can get to it without ripping paper, but leave out the cover page. Sewn sides Using your needle and thread, carefully sew up all four corners of your purse. Bottom magnet Now stick your magnets near the bottom of the Bottom Flap, underneath the cover page. Then lay the cover sheet and bottom page of the Top Flap over those. Top magnet Let the other sides of the magnets naturally snap into place, peel film from adhesive, then lay rest of Top Flap over those, lining up the sides. Gently sew the edges of the Top and Bottom Flaps EXCLUDING the cover pages. After the glue. When the sewing is finished, swipe a glue stick over the thread and smooth the cover pages over that. Hiding the seam makes it look like it's just a folded book. Last: give it to your ladies! Let them walk down the aisle with a fantastic story in their hands… and your mascara and lipstick in their purses! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Jessica Charlton Jessica Charlton's weapon of choice has always been an embroidery needle; her work has been featured on mrxstitch.com and feelingstitchy.com. She produces and teaches crafts of many kinds, and notably taught two years in a row at maximumfun.org's delightful comedy podcasting sleepaway camp, MaxFunCon. Never able to focus too long on just one inspiration, Offbeat Bride allows her to work on diverse projects, and for that she is grateful. https://twitter.com/mrsjesscharlton PREVIOUS 5 inspired wedding ideas I stole from Offbeat Bride NEXT Show off your fancy footwork with barefoot sandals Toggle comments [ 19 ] Ok, got very confused around all the sewing/fabric parts. Are there more pictures somewhere? What is the "right" side of the fabric? I don't sew at all, but THIS… I want to do this! (For me, though, not for bridesmaids!) I love that she's puling a gameboy out of it in the first picture 3 agree Reply Most fabric has a top/"right" side and bottom/"wrong" side, the top being where the print is (or would be, if you have a print), and the bottom being the underlayer, which might be muted, or white, or just not as nice looking (depending on the type of fabric). Search for something like "how to tell the right side of fabric" and you'll find a million tricks people have! 2 agree Reply Right side of the fabric = the pattern side or the outside facing part …not a problem usually with solids but if you are using a patterned or vinyl piece than usually one side is the "right side" and one is the back or wrong side Reply I do sew, and I'm a bit confused too! Super visual learner for these types of things. Where is that denim piece used? I read it over twice and can't figure it out. The two cut pieces are different sizes, but it only lists one size for the two rectangles? Am I missing something? But I can look at the finished project photo and figure it out. Mostly I wanted to know how to make paper last for a project like this, and now I know — sealant! Great job, this is fantastic! Reply Hi Lenna! Sorry I wasn't more clear. I replied the whole post, but in case you're not subscribed to the rest of the responses I thought I'd answer your specific questions here. "Where is that denim piece used?" The piece that looks like demin is the "wrong" side of the shiny fabric I chose to use. "The two cut pieces are different sizes, but it only lists one size for the two rectangles?" The photo that shows two pieces of fabric represents the rectangle you should cut from your fabric and the other is what it looks like when you "Fold fabric piece in half with right sides of fabric facing each other, sew along open edge" as per instructions in the body of the post. There's a line of gold thread along one edge. Hope this helps! 1 agrees Reply I would absolutely LOVE this and I would love to try it, but I too find the instructions difficult to follow completely. I so appreciate the effort that went in to writing this post, but I think more pictures would be particularly helpful. 2 agree Reply Hi OBB readers! First off, I'm very sorry I wrote this in a way that confused you. Let me try to set a few things right: "Where is that denim piece used?" The piece that looks like demin is the "wrong" side of the shiny fabric I chose to use. "The two cut pieces are different sizes, but it only lists one size for the two rectangles?" The photo that shows two pieces of fabric represents the rectangle you should cut from your fabric and the other is what it looks like when you "Fold fabric piece in half with right sides of fabric facing each other, sew along open edge" as per instructions in the body of the post. There's a line of gold thread along one edge. The general chorus of "moar pic pls": I'd love to provide more pictures, insofar as I can take more detailed photos of my prototype and do some more explaining. Please let me know which parts you'd like more pictures of and I'll try to furnish those this week. Hope this cleared some stuff up! I don't typically write sewing tutorials, so your questions are very helpful for the future…but it's extremely important that I help YOU in the here and now! 1 agrees Reply OOH! Okay, that makes sense. It totally didn't occur to me that the gold fabric would look like that on the wrong side Thanks for the clarification! Reply I love this post! Thanks for sharing Reply SO cute!! I really want to do this, if not for my maids then atleast for myself….also, where does that dress come from????? Reply hi! i'm 99% sure it's the blueberry iced tea dress from modcloth- i just bought it a couple weeks ago and LOVE it! hope that helps! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/blueberry-iced-tea-dress Reply THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Reply Fabulous! Reply This is so awesome! I'm going to make something like this for everyday use! Thanks for sharing! Reply I love this idea! So creative! Reply WHY didn't this come up before I got married?! haha – This would have been an awesome favor to give my Bridesmaids!!… However, I might make one for myself! Reply Also, make sure the comic you are using is worthless, please! Don't use that Action comics comic! 1 agrees Reply A friend of mine makes decoupage comic related items…. and does custom work/requests https://www.etsy.com/shop/thestayathomegeek Shoes to wallets… purses etc… I saw this and it reminded me of what she does – just thought I'd pass it along for anyone who loves this type stuff but doesn't have time or energy to DIY 1 agrees Reply I know this is an old post, but I am trying to make these clutches and cannot figure out the instructions on how to attach the fabric. Anyone have help or advice on how to accomplish this? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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