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How to Create a Magazine Purse

By: Ann Butler for Cool2Craft

Learn how to make a cool purse from magazine clippings and old blue jeans with this fun craft video from Ann Butler for Cool2Craft. Upcycle a worn pair of jeans into a fun and functional little bag, decorated with magazine clippings.

Save money and go green with this awesome homemade craft.  Everyone can stand to save these days, especially on fashion.  Look good and feel good about this fantastic Magazine Purse.  Be prepared for compliments!



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The video is very small because of the side is filled up with people chatting about the craft, and then I can't hear all she is saying, her voice comes and goes. I would really love to make one of these, but only if I can get written instructions. I'm sorry for the complaining, BUT I have a lot of eye problems, can't even see my own videos well.

Hi gypsyladychar--thanks for the comment. You can actually see a larger version of this video by clicking on the YouTube button at the bottom of the video screen...this will open the video in YouTube and you'll be able to make it bigger so it's easier to see. Hope that helps!--FaveCrafts Editors

I can't wait to try this! I already got my supplies some time ago. Just need to take the time to do it.

Where did you find your supplies? I didn't find the translucent shimmer paint? Can you help me in anyway? I'll appreciate and thank you for your reply! Romy

Where did you take the supplies like translucent shimmer paint? I found the gel medium but can't find the rest I need. Romy

Hi there - You can find translucent shimmer paint at Walmart and Dick Blick. Martha Stewart and DecoArt both make this product. Thanks!


Wow...great idea! Very nice. I am new to this sight, please, where do I purchase the products you use in demonstrations? Thanks, can hardly wait to try. Lin

I agree with everyone. Need written supplies needed for this project. What kind of gel medium. Also how did you attach the handle to the bag?

The idea for the bag is good...but you need a better quality video and written instructions.

Thanks for sharing a great project. I get it. I understood what you said and it's one of those projects that calls for a leap of faith. Magazine cuts, old jeans or placemats, gel medium and then play. A pattern would be wicked hard to do since there are so many things you can make this bag out of. Maybe a supply list would be enough for me. I have at least 3 different types of gel medium to try. Wupieee

I loved it. And I did not have trouble with the sound at all. I believe she said she used Earthbase Gel Medium. I will definitely try it.

I'm still having trouble downloading videos. will you ever be able to help?

needs written instructions & better video!!

I agree with you wholeheartedly would have loved to have written direction with pictures..much better solution

As everyone else has said, the craft is a wonderful idea. The quality was poor, and if you are going to keep this project up... especially if you are going to be posting it in emails... you need to GET the written instructions, or write them up yourself... or captions. Otherwise you will be getting alot of bad reviews.

why don't we have an e-mail option??? Your video sound was of very poor quality, and I couldn't see or hear the type of gel medium used.

Here are some links to gel medium. I hope this helps. Rich

@meekonelaura 2255820: Thanks for your input. Unfortunately there are no written instructions for this project at this point -- FaveCrafts editors.

At least post what she put on last to give sheen---the mediums used please .

Ann, do you have this craft in document form as opposed to video form. I would just like a list of supplies, please. Thank you.

Ann, are you cracking and eating peanuts while recording this video? I found the background noise very annoying, but it was a cute idea. Thanks.

I LOVE this idea! But would like to have a pattern pleeeease !!

I would like to have a written pattern for this because I don't know what the gel is she is using

As Crafter 4909665 says, I, too, would love to see this as written instructions. I find videos too difficult to learn from, since the instructions go by too fast for me.

what is gel medium Im living in Holland and would like to get some here

Hi. dreat purse. is it possible to get written instructions for this purse so i can make later when time allows ?

this is a great porject.would make a great gift also.good craft for teens


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