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Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics
Over 25 Easy-to-Make Purses, Totes, Handbags and More
Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with this fashionable bag making book. Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customise each bag to suit any style from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing: Hand-stitching, including French knot stitch and daisy stitch Lining and drawstring casing Corners, edges and straps Simple flourishes such as embroidery, applique and more. Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit.
Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi's expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags. 25 Sewing patterns include: Envelope Pouches Bucket Bags Picnic Totes Sacks and carryalls Classic Drawstrings
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What Reviewers Are Saying
Without a doubt, this is my favorite book I've reviewed for Tuttle Publishing so far. There isn't a single bag shown that I wouldn't consider making, and I'm completely in love with the idea of sewing it with nothing but a needle and thread. Maybe some pretty bag fabric will find its way into my Christmas stocking! --Crafty Staci blog This book was fun! When I first received it, I spent my time looking over all the colorful pictures and step-by-step instructions. I then marked a couple of the bags that I liked the most. After I narrowed my list down to about 6, I studied the projects and picked what I thought would be the easiest to complete. I was able to complete my projects in a short time and move on to others. It also gave me ideas to make creations of my own. Since I am trying to be more green I was thrilled that the author uses eco-friendly material. All in all I was very pleased and glad to have it as part of my craft book collection. --Crafters Corner blog There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style--from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. --Sew Mama Sew blog The book has 25 bag projects in a variety of sizes and shapes, and a total of 60 variations, lots of bags for your buck! --The Sewing Directory My mind is swimming with Christmas present ideas and for those of you who like to stress yourselves out at this time of the year - like I do- and make quite a few presents (including teacher presents) then I think you will definitely find something in here that would make the perfect present ... or just something lovely for yourself. I wish I'd had this book before I made most of this year's presents!! --Top Notch blog Christmas is around the corner, and if you are thinking of making some handmade gifts, this book will help you make some one-of-a-kind Christmas presents! You can even buy this book as a Christmas present for someone crafty! [...] This book includes easy patterns and instructions for hand-sewing, so it will be great for beginners or those who do not have a sewing machine. Naturally you can speed things up a little and make these bags using a sewing machine as well, then add on your hand-stitched details for a personalized touch. --Japanese Sewing Books blog All 60 bag variations included are designed to be sewn by hand, making them perfect for on-the-go-crafting. Beginner-friendly and with a style to suit everyone, the projects in his book are sure to become firm favourites! --Sew magazine Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics is a great source for unusual, yet simple handmade bag patterns. ... This book is a great addition to your craft book collection and has many beautiful gift ideas. If you are wanting to make something unique--you will find it here! --Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom blog