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.