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Sew Beautiful Quilted Bags
28 Gorgeous Projects Using Patchwork & Applique
BY Akemi Shibata

Search Press
19 October 2018/ ISBN 9781782216308
How-To Books/Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

AMAZON UK

Inside this book are twenty-eight stash-busting projects, enabling you to use up lots of small scraps and produce some elegant and practical bags using patchwork and appliqué. One look at the cover and I was sold: a tote bag with a village scene, another with Hawaiian flowers and two elegant handbags. There are many different types of bag in here, from shoulder bags to clutch purses, bucket bags, a lunch bag and matching bottle caddy, and even a sewing case. Bags have intricately pieced decorations involving hand and machine patchwork as well as embroidery and even some beading. Many motifs and designs are inspired by flowers.

This is a book of projects for those who are already confident with these techniques, and although a short guide to the basics is included, it is really more of a refresher course with tips. Projects do have colored diagrams for most stages, rather in the manner of a paper dress pattern. These are well done and easy enough to follow, together with the instructions for anybody au fait with the basics. There are separate cutting instructions, and project overview diagrams showing the anatomy of the bag, which is a helpful feature. Measurements are given in metric and imperial, and at the back is a pull-out sheet containing all the full sized patterns. At the back are diagrams for making covered buttons, plus a few basic embroidery stitches, and I found the whole layout of the book easy to follow. There are some beautiful bags in here, and it’s a fun way of using up not only scraps of fabric but also embroidery floss and beads.

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

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and www.craftsuprint.com/rachel-a-hyde/
Reviewed 2019
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