How to Make a Recycled Newspaper Clutch

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How to Make a Recycled Newspaper Clutch
Reuse newspaper to make a cute clutch (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from

Want to make a statement? Choose interesting newsprint---even the comic section---and make a clutch purse that is both durable and environmentally friendly. Once you learn to make this newspaper and contact paper "fabric," you can use it to make purses and wallets in all kinds of styles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 12 by 10 inch piece of newspaper
  • 2 pieces of clear contact paper, 13 by 11 inch
  • Clear packing tape
  • Button thread
  • Interesting button
  • Elastic thread

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  1. 1

    Turn your newsprint into fabric using contact paper. Choose the newsprint you want. If you don't find a piece with front and back that you like, you can use two layers. Set a piece of contact paper with the sticky side up and carefully lay the first layer of newspaper on top of it. It's important that there is some contact paper exposed around all sides of the newspaper. Start at the bottom and smooth the newspaper onto the contact paper.

  2. 2

    Set the second layer, if using one, on top of the first and carefully smooth the second sheet of contact paper over it. Make sure that the sheets of contact paper connect all around the paper.

  3. 3

    Trim around the edge of the contact paper, leaving 1/4 inch all around.

  4. 4

    Set the paper so that a long side is toward you. Fold the bottom up to 4 inches from the top and crease.

  5. 5

    Use clear packing tape to secure the sides of your clutch.

  6. 6

    Fold down the top of the clutch. Sew the button to the middle of this flap, about an inch from the bottom of it, using the button thread.

  7. 7

    Cut 12 inches of thick elastic thread. Fold in half and use packing tape to secure the free ends just inside the clutch in the middle. The elastic will wrap around the outside of the purse and hook over the button to keep it closed.

Tips and warnings

  • If the packing tape doesn't secure the elastic as well as you'd like, sew it in place with the button thread.

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