Big-City Bags - Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication

by Sara Lawson
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Ready to move beyond basic bags and totes? Now you can create sophisticated handbags and totes with a modern look. Learn a variety of intermediate to advanced techniques--from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps--and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project.

  • Choose from 12 new designer-style bags and purses--alternate colorways provide additional inspiration
  • Make use of clearly illustrated, well-tested patterns for sewing attractive bags
  • Add stylish design elements that make your bags stand out: piping, three-dimensional pockets, fabric pleats, and more

Winner in the 2014 PubWest Book Design Awards!


by Sara Lawson
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
November 5th, 2013

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Review from Midwest Book Review, February 2014

Sara Lawson's Big-City Bags is more than another sewing book about basic totes: it shows how to create sophisticated handbags and presents some 12 designer-style bags and purses packed with color. In the process of explaining these projects, different techniques are covered from installing zippers and snaps to creating adjustable straps. Patterns blend with easy step-by-step directions for customization, making for a top reference!
Review from Australian Homespun, March 2014

If you enjoy making your own bags and are ready to move on from straightforward totes, grab a copy of this book. It includes patterns for 12 bags that Sara has designed for intermediate and advanced stitchers. Her focus is on creating designs that are stylish and don't look handmade. Sara has provided an in-depth description of the range of interfacings she uses and a techniques section with top-notch instructions on installing zippers, a variety of handbag hardware and adjustable straps. With this information to hand, you'll be able to modify each bag to make it unique. The projects range from a small clutch to shoulder bags in a range of shapes that are just a little bit different from the ordinary all the way up to an overnight suitcase. Design elements such as piping, three-dimensional pockets and fabric pleats also help make these bags anything but commonplace. Most are shown in two different colourways and some in three. Highly recommended.

Sara Lawson

Sara Lawson is a wife and mother living in Chicago, Illinois. She started her blog on a whim in September 2010, and established her pattern company, Sew Sweetness, in 2013. Sara loves all things sewing and enjoys making bags, quilts, and garments. Her first book, Big-City Bags, was published by Martingale in November 2013. Visit Sara's website

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