Sew What! Bags : 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Hardback Book

Sew What! Bags : 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs Hardback

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Author Lexie Barnes is an internationally known brand in the bag world, noted for contemporary designs that combine practical detail with stellar functionality.

Her unique approach to bag design - starting with the need and then customizing the bag to fit it perfectly - is inspiring and freeing.

She encourages crafters to jumpstart their creativity with 'warm-up projects' that will carry just a single object, from a pair of eyeglasses to a pack of tissues.

The 18 core projects in "Sew What! Bags" show how to use bold, contemporary fabrics to make totes, drawstring sacks, messenger bags, organizers, satchels, and purses in a wide range of sizes and shapes.

Every project is shown in a full-color photo accompanied by step-by-step, illustrated instructions.

Many more variations in size, fabric combinations, and styling features are also pictured to show just a few of the dozens of possibilities for customizing each project.

Crafters of all levels are sure to be carried away by Lexie Barnes' inspired approach to creating the bag of your dreams.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 150 pages, full colour photos & illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
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  • Category: Needlework & fabric crafts
  • ISBN: 9781603420921

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I admire Lexie Barnes bags and now I can take the lessons and skills she teaches in this great book and create a bag which suits my needs perfectly. Do not skip the introduction, here Barnes lays out her philosphy and I now know I've met a kindred spirit. While 18 projects are included, you are encouraged to use them as inspiration ... and jump. Which patterns are my favourites? I'm not sure. It all depends on what I'm looking for. There's something for pretty much anything I can currently dream up. From the well designed layout of the page to the thoughtful hardback with spiral binding and of course the delight inside, this is a volume at home on every shelf -- to give strong guidance to the beginner and offer inspiration to the advanced.

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This book is amazing! Instead of giving strict patterns, it teaches you to create and customize your own, which is perfect for the world of bags, where most things are just rectangles anyway.

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