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Sew Many Bags, Sew Little Time: Over 30 Simply Stylish Bags and Accessories [Paperback]

Sally Southern
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18 April 2008
A girl can never have too many bags, and when she's shopped the store dry, this is the book she needs to start making her own - fast!Step-by-step projects show how to make a range of amazing yet simple bags, from easy shoppers and simple day-time bags, to glamourous evening bags, cosmopolitan weekend bags and even a cute laundry bag.Sassy accessories complement the bags, allowing you to practise the techniques or get the look on a smaller scale (smart girls use up their leftover fabric).This book focuses on fabric choice and embellishments, such as ribbon, buttons and beads, as a way of ensuring the simplest of designs is as eye-catching and covetable as any designer 'It-bag'.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (18 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071532649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715326497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from Crafts Beautiful - The perfect beginner's guide , it illustrates all the basic techniques, including applique, quilting, patchwork and cross stitch, with clear step-by-step instructions. This is a must have title! --Crafts Beautiful

Review from Quick & crafty - This is a fab treat of a book. It's sure to make bag ladies of us all! --Quick & crafty

Review from Quick & crafty - This is a fab treat of a book. It's sure to make bag ladies of us all! --Quick & crafty

Review from Quick & crafty - This is a fab treat of a book. It's sure to make bag ladies of us all! --Quick & crafty

Review from Quick & crafty - This is a fab treat of a book. It's sure to make bag ladies of us all! --Quick & crafty

About the Author

Sally Southern works as a self-employed textile artist/designer freelancing in all areas of art and design, including fashion and furnishings. She regularly contributes to magazines, including Crafts Beautiful and has worked on several books. Sally lives in Tyne & Wear.

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Every girl needs a handbag they can rely on which will hold all your essentials, such as lippy purse, keys and emergency snacks, but which will also look stylish with whatever you are wearing. Read the first page
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sew... who exactly is this for? 16 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a nicely produced book, with good photographs and very clear instructions: so far, so good (no pun intended). There is a good range of projects and some nice-looking ideas. And Sally Southern seems to have a skilled eye for colour, making fabrics work together and designing embellishments...

BUT (and it's a big BUT), I feel that some of the techniques she uses verge beyond quick to almost slapdash. Using glue to stick down ribbon, and gluing applique with bondaweb, without further reinforcing the edges with stitching, for example. The ribbon used to hold the handles onto one bag doesn't look as though it would last five minutes.

As a result, many of the projects look superficially pretty but on closer inspection they are scruffy and poorly finished. (I would be embarrassed by the puckered bias binding and the (apparently unintentional) frayed edges, but then I may be too much of a perfectionist.) I wonder how many would stand up to repeated use in real life? And some projects rely on being able to find rather obscure things like striped resin handles.

All of which makes me wonder who this book is for? Beginners might find the projects simple to make, but could well be put off by the shoddy results they achieve. More experienced sewers would baulk at the short-cuts and, as an experienced sewer myself, I would get rather frustrated at having to effectively 're-engineer' many of the projects. Nice eye candy though!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some poor finishing 16 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
The title is an accurate reflection of this book. There are a good number of easily achievable projects and there are a lot of shortcuts suggested to save time. However, some of the shortcuts, for example using double-sided sticky tape (that doesn't hold braid very well) and highly visible seams (instead of working inside out), can be seen not to work well as some of the finishing in the book's own photographs looks very shoddy. I will still use this book as it does have some very good tips regarding alternative materials, such as table mats and PVC coated fabric, but I will use better techniques to make my pieces. If you are the kind of person that likes to churn out projects quickly and don't mind the finishing, you would probably give this book 5 stars. I like my home-made pieces to be extremely well-finished, to be for keepers, rather than disposable crafts or fads.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My vote is: 5 / 10 4 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I confess that this book has not met my favor, despite the interesting premises.
I found several models rather unlikely, some nice but I would never have the courage to carry around and others feasible, but none that has "lit the lamp" and made me want to do it now.
The choice of materials did not meet my personal taste too.
The explanations are quite detailed and well illustrated.
The patterns are at the end of the book and must be enlarged to be able to use life-size 1:1.
Packaging is cured but the use of different font makes reading a bit confused.
Suitable for beginners in making the bags but having a little familiarity with the sewing machine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and well designed book 11 July 2011
By Martina
Format:Paperback
This is my second book on handbags making and I like it very much. It has a very nice design, simple and understandable instructions and it is modern and a bit vintage at the same time. I can not wait for my hioliday to find more time for sewing, following instructions from this useful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sew many bags 29 Mar 2011
By Lesley
Format:Paperback
Sew Many Bags, Sew Little Time: Over 30 Simply Stylish Bags and Accessories
This is a fantastic book with many great ideas, once i can get to enlarge the patterns i have just got to find the time to make all the things i want.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife thinks it's great 6 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a birthday present for my wife, she is very pleased with it so I take that to mean it was a very good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sew Many Bags. 29 Dec 2012
By Brenda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Quite a good book. If you are a beginner it can be a touch confusing and some of the bags needed more explanation on how to get them done. Would recommend it if you're a little more experienced at sewing than a complete beginner.
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