You can have a place for everything when you make the bags
in this book. As the subtitle says, you can “stash your
coins, keys, earbuds, jewelry and more” in the pretty
wee bags, which are not only fairly simple to make but are
a great way of using up oddments left over from larger projects.
All the bags in here are rather special, and many do not even
look very bag-like. There is one shaped like a house, another
like an ice cream cone, a ladybug, whale, flower, and even
my own favorite, a log. As well as plain machine and hand
sewing, you can have a go at appliqué, patchwork and
embroidery, plus enjoy working with lots of fun trims. This
book is aimed at improvers and up. Anybody who knows their
way around a sewing machine and has done some sewing ought
to be able to make these projects. At the beginning there
are instructions on how to add trims, topstitch to make appliqué
and so a few embroidery stitches, namely running stitch, backstitch
and French knots. It does help to have another embroidery
book handy, however (check out the Search Press catalog),
as in the second project you will need to know a couple more.
Each project has a large photograph of the finished item,
plus a list of what you need and a cutting list with sizes
in imperial. The instructions have plenty of diagrams showing
what to do, and everything is laid out with double spacing,
giving it an airy, easy to read appearance. All the projects
have quite a number of steps, too, which is ideal for anybody
who has not done much in this line before. The bags would
make excellent gifts and show well how things that are practical
can also be very pretty.
If you cannot find a good range of sewing materials locally
for a list of suppliers.