How to Make a Clutch Handbag From Recycled Magazines


The recycled magazine paper purse is a fashion must. They're easier to make than to buy as they are not available everywhere. Not only are recycled paper purses great conversation pieces, they'll also help save the planet. Make some to give to friends and teach them how. Recycled magazine paper is thicker than regular paper, and more colorful, and at such an affordable cost, you could make one for every outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • Bulk magazine paper
  • Roll of contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Snap button

Step 1

Cut out two rectangles of 7-by-5 inches. Cut out one piece that measures 7-by-3 inches.

Step 2

Cut off a piece of the contact paper the length of 9-by-8 inches four times and 9-by-5 inches twice. Set aside.

Step 3

Peel off the paper to one section and place one cut of the magazine on it. Place another piece of contact paper over the top to seal it. Repeat with all pieces of magazine paper making sure to leave a 1-inch border of contact paper around each piece of magazine paper.

Step 4

Sew together the sides and bottom of the two larger pieces of recycled paper. Make sure you are sewing them inside out. Trim excess contact paper.

Step 5

Sew smaller section to top of one side of purse, also inside out, to make the flap. Trim excess contact paper.

Step 6

Sew on snap button to inside of flap and front of purse.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, contact paper is still plastic paper, sew slowly to keep from ripping.
  • Not sewing all pieces completely can cause gaps through which change or other items can fall out of the purse.
  • Daily use could damage the recycled paper purse without proper care.


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