A Selection of the Best Bag Making Books Available
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The Bag Making Bible
“The Bag Making Bible” is the first book and resource of it’s kind – a technique-led approach to sewing your own designer bags and purses. It explains in detail how to create and construct the component parts of the bag. From adding styles of bag pockets to inserting zips and closures, using interfacing and reinforcement tricks, and fitting linings and various styles of bag handles, and much, much more. It also introduces and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, and tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine.
Each chapter is fully illustrated with helpful colour photography and ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe. A separate pull-out section of full-size patterns enables readers to get started right away – no photocopying or enlarging required! Each bag design stands out in its own right, each to be made and loved for years to come.
Full instructions are included to make:
a funky laptop/messenger/office bag
3 kinds of book bags
an ultra-organised nappy/craft tote
a multi-pocketed travel bag
a rigid cocktail clutch
an over-the body hobo bag, and more.
Whether you are making your first bag, or you want to add professional looking pockets to an existing pattern, or even if you are looking for a tempting bag project to really sink your sewing teeth into, “The Bag Making Bible” will be your ‘go to’ resource for information and inspiration.
Fabulous Bags to Stitch & Make
Crafters who love to pair their accessories with their own individual spirit will delight in this dynamic guide that incorporates quilting and free machine embroidery techniques that result in stunning bags and purses for all occasions. With each required technique skillfully taught and carefully explained, aspiring designers will learn how to employ ribbons and bondable fiber and how to make stylish cords that give bags and purses that personal touch. The fabrics used include cotton, silk, and felt as well as more exotic metallic organza, chiffon, velvet, and netting. Variegated and metallic machine threads add texture, and the bags and purses are further embellished with beads, sequins, shisha mirrors, and various colored wire. Detailed step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions guide crafters through the construction and decoration of five beautiful bags and six purses.
The Perfect Handmade Bag
Give fabric a new lease of life with one of these fantastically chic recycled bags. In today’s modern, environmentally conscious society, with its emphasis on reusing and avoiding plastic bags, a practical bag has become an essential part of everyday life. However, practical doesn’t have to mean boring, as any of the 35 fun and functional projects in this book show. Every bag is designed to make the most of the materials that are readily available and easily recyclable. Try turning a dish-towel into a smart shopper to carry all your groceries in, or use an old hessian sack to make a sassy bag to take to the gym. Reuse is at the heart of this book, as projects like the floral scrap tote bag and the patchwork weekend bag demonstrate, and you will soon be able to transform an old blanket or a few scraps of discarded clothing into a unique bag in no time at all. Each project comes complete with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions and there are designs suitable for all skill levels. You are certain to find the ideal bag for you or the perfect gift to give to friends and family.
Sew Serendipity Bags: Fresh and Pretty Projects to Sew and Love
Take Your Pick of Styles
With full instructions for twelve bags—and with a few clever variations thrown in—there are plenty of designs to choose from! Pick a handbag that is sweet, sleek or funky. Or check out some of the other great designs: a flirty little backpack, the perfect lunch bag, convenient shopping bags and handy task-oriented bags (whether that task involves a laptop, gym clothes or diapers). Each design is easy to adapt to your style.
Hone Your Skills
Check out the technique section, which includes step-by-step photos, to freshen up your skills and learn about a few new notions, too. Next, move on to the projects to put your know-how in motion.
- Flip to the Simple Bags for something quick and fun to sew. And even though these bags are easy to make, the end results are clever and cute.
- Step it up in the Intermediate Bags section, with bags that play up your style. Learn a few new skills, try out a few new tools and make yourself a bag you can really show off.
- The Challenging Bags section takes you to the level of bag maven. The bags’ construction may be complex, but the instructions are not. Sew it together step by step, and find yourself with a truly professional, beautifully constructed bag.