You Will Need ...
  1. Magazine

  2. Crafter's elastic (1 mm)

  3. 4 buttons (at least one 4-hole button)

  4. Hot glue gun

  5. Scissors

  6. Rhinestones (optional)

  7. Thick clear packing tape

  8. X-acto knife

  9. Contact paper (enough to cover magazine)

  10. Popsicle stick (tongue depressor)

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Step 1: 

You will need enough contact paper to cover the magazine paper on both sides. I find it easier to work with a single sheet per side.  Cut the sheet of contact paper in half using the magazine as a guide for the size. 

Use an X-acto knife to strip the magazine cover from the spine of the magazine. You don't want to tear the magazine cover off because the edges will be jagged. Using an x-acto knife creates a smooth edge. 

Apply the contact paper to the magazine cover on both sides. Do this carefully by pulling the backing off little by little and smoothing it over the paper as you go. 

Step 2: 

Smooth out any bubbles in the contact paper with a popsicle stick. If you find there are any air bubbles pop them with the x-acto knife and then press the air out of them. Trim your contact paper-covered magazine, leaving a small 1/8 inch border along the edges.

Lay a piece of packing tape half-on-half-off the edges of the magazine and fold it over the other side. Trim the excess tape

Step 3: 

Fold the magazine cover into three sections, with two sections of equal size for the front and back of the clutch and one smaller section for the front flap. 

To find the center of the purse, fold the purse in half length-wise and make a slight crease. Make two 1/4 inch cuts along the center-- the first hole will be on the small front flap section and the second will be on the inside flap, below the front flap's closed position.

Step 4: 

Cut a 6-8 inch piece of elastic and thread the ends through a 2-hole button. Tie a knot on the back of the button.

Step 5: 

Thread both ends of elastic through the front of the clutch on the lower of the two slits you made. On the other side, thread the elastic through another 2-hole button.

Step 6: 

Pull the elastic tightly and tie a few knots to secure the buttons in place. For extra security, put a drop of hot glue over the knot.

Step 7: 

Once the glue has cooled place a strip of packing tape over the entire button on the inside. 

Step 8: 

Measure a loop of elastic from the bottom button to the hole you made on the small front flap. Tie a knot to form a noose.

Step 9: 

Thread the ends of the noose through one side of a four hole button. Cris cross the ends and thread through the other two holes. 

Step 10: 

Tie a knot on the back side of the button. Feed the loose ends of the noose through the slit on the front of the clutch flap. Attach another button, and secure with a knot, hot glue, and packing tape the same way as in steps 5-7.

Step 11: 

To seal the edges, add strips of packing tape half-on-half off on the inside of the pouch. Fold the purse onto itself and seal. Secure further with more packing tape on the outside edges.

Step 12: 

Your clutch is all done! Now you can fill it with any small items and take it out with you!

Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Duct Tape: 
Purses and Bags