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Patchwork Bags and Accessories
25 Fresh Quilted Designs
Yoko Saito

Search Press
10 March 2016 / ISBN 9780811715683
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Patchwork is not just for quilts; you can use the same methods to make bags too! There are twenty-five different bags to choose from, which make use of a whole range of patchwork and quilting methods. From shoulder and hand bags in a number of shapes and sizes to pouches, purses and mini bags, there is a bag for most occasions in here. There are also place mats, cushion covers, pencil cases and other items for the home and all in the author’s signature beige and taupe color scheme. This book was originally published in Japan and has a different layout, with photographs of the items at the front and all the instructions and charts at the back. The latter section starts with a page featuring all the supplies and tools you will need in color, followed by several pages of line diagrams showing all the patchwork methods you need to know. This includes embroidery and other stitches, making and using bias binding and other basic methods. If you are a total beginner you might find some of this less easy to learn from than the usual Search Press staged photographs, but those with some knowledge of the subject ought to find the clear diagrams sufficient. Projects themselves also feature line diagrams, comparable to the style of instructions found in dress pattern packets only with very few words. More than one read through before embarking on a project is a must, but anybody who has made bags and other items before ought to be able to work it out. They will be rewarded with some lovely pieces.

If you cannot find a good range of patchwork and sewing materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016