A bit of My Stuff & Nonsense Gossip

I've been Pottering (ie making My Stuff and Nonsense out of old Harry Potter Books!) I've used the Book covers to make handbags, the dust jackets to make notebooks and the pages to make cufflinks, bunting, table confetti, pocket mirrors, keyrings, bottle openers, badges, fridge magnets and a few framed pictures. Prices start from £3 for the keyrings and the Handbags are £45. They will be appearing in my shop very shortly - just need to take lots of pics and upload.  If you cant wait just contact me using the contact form below.<a data-cke-saved-href="http://

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  • How on earth did you come up with that idea? Posted on 28 January 2016

    Well, it all started when I came across one of those lovely straight clasps. I thought originally I might try making a fabric handbag with it. It was when I was figuring out my design I realised that the clasp would need to be fixed to a piece of sturdy card hidden inside the lining. I looked around my work room for inspiration. I had been using old Beano annuals to make various things (including keyrings and cufflinks) for a while but it was the hardback covers that caught my eye: they were the perfect thickness but they would be too big and I didn’t want to cut them up only to be hidden inside a lining. That started the cogs whirring and I looked around a bit more. Then I found the ‘… Series of Unfortunate Events’ books I had thought I might make into notebooks. When the clasp fitted neatly over the edge and it looked so good I knew instantly I had to try and make the book itself into the bag. And that’s how it started. After a lot of experimenting I came up with the final design featuring the straight clasp, the fabric lining and the ribbon loops to which a chain can be attached. I went onto experiment with shorter claps to expand the range but the principle design elements remained the same.

    It seemed a shame that not all the books I found were suitable for turning into handbags or purses as the spines were too narrow. That’s why I developed the idea of making tablet covers and electronic device covers (such as e readers and mobile phones).

    And the rest, as they say, is history – nearly two years on and they are proving more popular than ever!

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