Book Purse Designs | ExLibrisPurses

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ExLibrisPurses takes vintage novels, matches them with stylish coordinating fabrics, and turns them into one-of-a-kind handbags.

Barbara from Minneapolis is behind the project, which has been featured in Country Living and sold hundreds of book purses. Expensive handmade purses made from novels had always piqued her interest at craft shows, so Barbara set out to recreate the look at a more affordable rate. Her first book purses were from the Nancy Drew series, which she loved growing up and which had compelling cover designs. In the years since, she has expanded the business through her Etsy shop and website to offer book purses of classic novels (Pride and Prejudice (above), The Bobbsey Twins, and Pilgrims’ Progress are currently available online) or based on custom orders.

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