You'll find plenty of reasons to sit down and sew these boutique-quality yet achievable bags and accessories. Everyone from beginners to experts can create an assortment of modern, practical projects for gifts or personal use. Start with a simple, elegant handbag and progress to more challenging designs; skill-level ratings are included.
- Step-by-step illustrated patterns for 12 attractive projects in a variety of shapes and styles
- Stylish accessories include a pleated clutch, market bag, satchel, and wallet
- Includes resource info and comprehensive how-to techniques; learn about tools, fabric prep, interfacings, linings, and purse hardware
No posts found
I've been wanting to have a go at bag making for ages but just hadn't had time to get around to it. So when I got a review copy of Susan's book I just had to make one of the many beautiful bags in the book. I decided to make the "Hobo Handbag". The most time consuming part of the whole project was the cutting and interfacing. But the instructions were simple to follow plus the book has full size patterns for you to trace and use. One of the reasons I picked this project was that you didn't need any special bag making supplies other than a magnetic snap (but you could use velcro if you don't have a snap). The actual construction was quick and simple. The instructions were easy to follow, not confusing at all and there were useful diagrams to help guide you too. The most difficult part was the final stitching when sewing through 4 layers of fabric and several layers of interfacing, it got a bit tricky but all turned out ok in the end. I was very impressed with my finished bag, this is the first handbag I've ever made. I think the book is great, and even if you haven't made a bag before it's easy to follow and covers all the bag construction techniques you need. She has rated the projects by difficulty, the one I picked was an advanced beginner but was still simple given that I've never made a bag before.
Review from Sewing World, July 2015
A regular contributor to Sewing World, Susan Dunlop has done it again. You will find plenty of reasons to sit down and sew these boutique-quality yet achievable bags and accessories. Designed with all sewing abilities in mind you can create an assortment of modern and practical projects. Start with a simple, elegant handbag and progress to more challenging designs; skill-level ratings are included. There are 12 attractive projects in a variety of shapes and styles to be inspired by, all with step-by-step illustrated patterns. Get your pins stuck in, there's a bag for every occasion.
Susan Dunlop lives in Scotland with her husband and four children. Having enjoyed a variety of crafts since childhood, she launched her sewing business, SusieDDesigns, in 2012, designing and creating modern bags, accessories, and associated sewing patterns. Susan shares her patterns on Etsy and Craftsy as well as on her own website.
Susan's bag-making projects and articles are regularly published in Sewing World magazine, to which she's contributed since 2012. Her creations have been featured on the front cover of the magazine on numerous occasions. She's also been a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine since 2014.Visit Susan's website
View more titles by Susan Dunlop