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The Bag Boutique
20 Bright and Beautiful Bags To Sew
Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

Search Press
25 September 2017/ ISBN 9781782214304
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Accessorize your outfits with a wardrobe of twenty bags. All types are covered here, from shopping totes to dressy clutch purses, casual shoulder bags and backpacks for exploring the great outdoors.

This is a great book for those who want to make a range of bags and try their hand at a number of different decoration options. Embroidery, appliqué, beaded charms, decorative labels and more all dress up the creations and are fun to do. There are also sections on basic techniques such as making binding, piping, patch pockets, various finishing methods and more. The book starts with a good look at various items that will be used in making the bags, from interfacings to buttons, threads, zips and sewing box basics. The author has a good readable style that is easy to understand, sharing anecdotes and tips on topics like buying thread and using antique buttons that had me smiling, always a good thing in a primer. All the techniques, embellishment styles and projects are well laid out with staged photographs aplenty for the first two and just words for the last. This is mostly because you learn the methods first and then put them into action after some practice when making up the bags. There are lots of opportunities here to use up leftovers from other projects with methods like patchwork and appliqué, and I loved the fact that some of the bags had a very German appearance with folk embroidery. The simple stitches are well covered and the pocket at the back of the book contains patterns and templates for both bags and their decorations. Check out an appliqué owl, Alpine style colorful folk art bags with felt charms and pretty floral embroidery, denim bags to match jeans and many others. Recommended for improver level and up who want to expand on their skills and have fun in the process. A lovely book I can’t wait to use.

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


UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017