are eighteen fun bags to make inside this book, all using
the patchwork method. This is a great way of enjoying this
popular needlecraft and using up lots of scraps in the process.
Basic knowledge of sewing and patchwork is assumed here; it's
love to sew, not learn to sew, but this is a book of projects
that make up fast, so it's suitable for improvers. It helpfully
includes a short section on sewing basics at the beginning,
so you can brush up on things like finishing seams, putting
in a zipper as well as learning bag-making techniques such
as making straps and rosettes. There is a separate section
that teaches machine appliqué with fusible webbing
that comes in handy later on; then it is on with the bags.
There are lots of different styles to choose from including
a makeup purse, wash bag, tote bag, clutch purse, hold-all
and shoulder bag. Each project has a page-sized photograph
of the finished item, plus materials and instructions. These
are in word form only making it, as I said earlier, a book
for those au fait with the patchwork method. At the back tucked
into a pocket are the paper patterns for the projects, a nice
touch that frees up the pages for more projects. It is printed
on both sides so you will need to trace off the parts you
want, but it still eliminates having to deal with scale drawings.
The bags are all in bright, modern styles that ought to have
a lot of appeal as presents. If you want to obtain the actual
materials there is a list of websites at the back although
as this book was originally published in Germany that is where
they are all based. I plan to use up the scraps I have from
other projects, so I imagine other people will do the same.
A fun way of recycling and making a lot of useful items.