Some things just speak to you and when I saw this Dior bag, not only did I fall in love with it but I felt compelled to make my own version. This project is a little more involved than most of the projects I do, but it was so much fun to make and so satisfying when I finished it.

Coffee Sack Purse DIY


To see the step by step instructions and pictures click here.

What youll need to make your Coffee Sack Purse:

  1. 1 Old book (I found one that the dog had chewed so I wouldnt feel so bad cutting it.)
  2. A burlap coffee sack or burlap fabric
  3. Purse handles
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. Fabric for covering the book – this will also be the inside of your bag.
  7. Scrap yarn or a sharpie
  8. Sewing Machine

Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 1
Cut the binding off your book. You may need to reinforce the bottom (what was the spine of your book) mine was a bit thin after cutting out the pages.Coffee Sack Purse DIYCoffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 2
Lay your book flat and measure your fabric for the cover. Leave an extra half inch all the way around.Coffee Sack Purse DIYCut 4 small rectangles out of the cover fabric, you will use these to attach your handles.
Cut 1 piece of the Coffee sack the same size as your fabric or a little larger.
Cut 2 pieces of the coffee sack for the ends.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 3
Sew around the fabric for the cover of your book. Leave one side open to insert your book.Coffee Sack Purse DIYCoffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 4
Pin and sew the cover closed by hand.Coffee Sack Purse DIYCoffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 5
Take the 4 small rectangles fold them in half and sew them down one side. When you are finished turn them right side out.
Step 6
Put them through the rings on the bottom of the handles and sew them together.Coffee Sack Purse DIY

Step 7

Using your hot glue gun, glue these to your covered book cover.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 8
Sew these by hand around the edges to secure.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 9
Sew the 3 pieces your coffee sack fabric together leave at least a half inch selvage on all seams. Leave seams on the outside, you will fray the edges later.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 10
Cut random pieces of your coffee sacks. I placed them on the bag and pined them together to decide my placement before sewing them together.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 11
Once you know how you want all your pieces laid out, sew them together.Coffee Sack Purse DIY

Step 12

Pin these to the coffee sack fabric you sewed for the bag cover.

Step 13
Decorate with your yarn sewing the pieced fabric to the coffee sack cover. Once you are finished with your decorative sewing, glue all your knots to keep them from unraveling.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 14
Using your hot glue gun sew any loose areas of the pieced coffee sack to your base coffee sack.
Step 15
Fray all loose edges of your coffee sacks.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 16
Slide your covered book into your decorated coffee sack cover and glue along the edge.Coffee Sack Purse DIY
Step 17
As extra security sew the coffee sack cover to your covered book.Coffee Sack Purse DIYCoffee Sack Purse DIYfave crafts blog


  1. Hi Cathy, beautiful DIY.. love it.. Is there an email id where I can contact you? Your twitter does not have direct message enabled.

  2. Oh i love this bag-I so think this is amazing Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Dawn,
      Thank you. I’m so glad you like it.

  3. Love it! Thanks for figuring it out and for giving a D.I.Y. New to your page but love what I’ve seen so far :)

    • Hi Mickey,
      Thank you so much!

  4. Wonderful tutorial! Great pictures too. You did a great job explaining what you did and included great pictures to back it up. For a visual learner like me, pictures are everything! Can’t wait to try to make one.

  5. This is such a quality DIY! I’m tired of seeing “quick & easy” ones that turn out all crappy. Thank you for sharing. (I shared your post via FB and Twitter.)

    • Hi Ashley,
      Thank you so much and I really appreciate you sharing this!

  6. I love it , it is really nice and cheap . I want to have it ,too :)

  7. Love it! But where did you fing the sack?

    • Hi Erin,
      Thanks! I bought mine at a place here in Seattle Called “Second Use” http://www.seconduse.com/node/2194962.
      They have them on their website, I’m not sure if they ship them but they might. If you can’t find actual coffee sacks most fabric stores sell burlap by the yard and you could always print it.
      Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

  8. All your DIYs are so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas. xx

  9. I’ve been holding onto one lonely hardcover encyclopedia, saving the pages for a collage progect. Now the cover will have a home too! Someone just gave me an awesome burlap coffee bag too! Love it when everything comes together. This is on top of the progect list!! Thanks!

    • Hi Lori,
      Sounds perfect! Sometimes things just fall into place. Be sure to let me know how it turns out. I’d love to see it!

  10. wow….this is real DIY…love it…and thank you for sharing!

  11. LOVE IT and great idea.. i think my husband so happy if i make this bag..he no need to buy expensive bag for me.. =)

  12. As you said I fell in love with this purse when I saw. So I bought handles, fabric, a thick cartoon and found coffee sack. Now the only thing I need is some time to make this beautiful purse. I am looking forward to use it soon. thanks a lot



  13. This is just fabulous! I am all about upcycling, so will definitely try something similar one day!

  14. This is so AWESOME.Thank you very much.

  15. Madonna compton

    Do you sell these adorable purses?

  16. Pennie eisenbeis

    Looks great, wondering how wide it opens up? Is it big enough? Could you make the slide panels pie shaped?

  17. Fantabulous. I’ve had you book marked for some time. I’m planning to do a coffee bag purse. Shh…I’m painting and stenciling burlap to make it look like a coffee sack.

  18. Lovet it! Thanks for sharing :)
    A hug – Alentejo/Portugal


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