A purse with a
metal frame always looks professional and neat, but it also
looks like something more likely to be bought in a store than
made at home. Not so with this book. This lifts the lid on
how to attach a clasp and even includes two of them to get
If you already sew, you will have the few workbox basics you
need to make these purses, plus fabric and fusible fleece.
These clasps are the glue-in type; other types exist but instructions
for those are not included here. As long as you have some
fairly elementary sewing skills you will be able to make these
simple but impressive looking purses. There are several different
sized frames in the range and, therefore, several different
styles of purses, not all to put money in.
Make a pencil case (my own favorite), a glasses
case, wristlet or larger bag, as well as various coin purses.
Patterns are included on a sheet in the packet at the back
with the two frames, and all instructions are given for fourteen
projects. Each project has a large photograph of the finished
item, usually made in more than one fabric and shown from
different angles, as well as photographic stages for how to
attach the purse frames. A list of materials (imperial and
metric), cutting instructions for the pattern pieces, and
very clearly laid out instructions for making up are given
for each item, together with drawn diagrams. At the back is
a gallery of thumbnail photographs of the purses (this would
have been better at the front), plus photographs of the coin
purse kits made by Zakka Workshop.
This is a very user friendly book that is sure to give confidence
to fairly new crafters as well as a lot of enjoyment for any
Reviewers Note: Two purse
If you cannot find a good range of fabric and sewing materials
locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
The largest range of Zakka Workshop products in the UK can
be found at www.etsy.com/shop/ZakkaWorkshopStore
A small selection of Zakka Workshop purse clasps are available
from www.sewhot.co.uk in the UK
There are also other brands of purse clasp which are suitable.