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Britannica Wallet

Added May 17, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






This project made possible by the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1961 Edition.

Encyclopaedia Britannica’s announcement that they were discontinuing the print edition of the publication marks the end of an era. So I decided to embark on a tribute project of sorts with the goal of turning the archaic volumes into new things – pretty things, practical things? I don’t quite know yet. I’m just playing.

This wallet was created from a 1961 Encyclopaedia Britannica purchased at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. The vinyl covering for the ID window was cut from a vinyl tote I bought at a goodwill store. I added some fabric from my stash for stabilization. The project is entirely sewn, no glue or tape was used in the process. This way I think it still counts in my 52 weeks of sewing project :-)

I was a bit nervous about sewing paper, especially paper thin encyclopedia paper, but it was actually surprisingly easy to do. Paper doesn’t slip and slide like fabric can, it wasn’t as prone to tearing as I expected, and all in all it went together surprisingly quickly. The thing I’ll change when I make another (which I do plan to), is to add some additional fabric stabilization in the spine, which I did tear a tiny bit during top stitching.

I have 20 encyclopedias from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s to play with, so stay tuned for more!

Material Notes

encylopedia pages (paper), cotton, vinyl




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage
Cotton, Other

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    May 19, 2012, 11.16 AMby lienepien

    Nice wallet!

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    May 18, 2012, 04.13 AMby schnui

    What a lovely project!! Well done, you have done a good job making your very special wallet.

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      May 19, 2012, 06.01 AMby Julia Morley

      as always, you are too kind :-)

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    May 17, 2012, 08.31 PMby Ali Daniels

    This is fabulous!

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    May 17, 2012, 07.46 PMby TailorFairy

    Love it! Wonderful!

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