Here is my version of a book purse:) I used black felt for the interior and the sides. I used a lot of hot glue as well:) I chose a sewed on button and string closure ( drilled the holes to sew on the button). I took some really cool leather tube type string I got at the thrift store and braided it and used that as the handles (which I used duct tape to hold in place). As you can see, my daughter has already got it a little weathered! I got this cute idea from the REMODELAHOLIC blog sight. There are LOTS of tutorials out there, try it out!