When I was in Australia last year , I promised various people the instructions on how to make a handbag that I had with me, made out of an old law textbook. So, belatedly (but it did take ages to make/photo/write up at the same time), here's the details of how to make a book bag for yourself! Materials Empty hardback book shell, in good condition Material – 1 large piece, or 2 contrasting/complementing smaller pieces (fat quarter size) Craft felt – any colour Magnetic clasps Handbag handles Ribbon to co-ordinate or contrast with the selected material (up to 1cm wide) Tools/equipment Scissors Ruler Tweezers Wire snips A4 Card Craft knife Cutting mat Pen that will write on fabric (make sure it won’t bleed through the fabric though) Glue gun Iron and ironing board Sewing machine (or it can be hand sewn if you have infinite patience!) Other info For this bag, I used 2 complementary colours/patterns of fat quarters. My book shell was 38 cm by 24 cm, with a spine width of 7.5cm.