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The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags [Paperback]

Amy Butler , Lisa Lam
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25 Aug 2010
The ultimate practical guide to sewing fabulous bags from expert Lisa Lam, whose technical knowledge, creative flair and enthusiasm have helped and inspired thousands while promoting the craft of bag-making worldwide. Whether you are getting started, improving your technique or want to design your own creations, this is the book you will grab for every bag you make! Detailed photographs illustrate every technique in this unique book, from choosing fabric to inserting fastenings. Expert tips, trade secrets and inspirational advice result in professional and beautiful results every time, allowing you to create a capsule wardrobe of eight exclusive bag designs which will amaze your friends – they will never believe you made it yourself! Lisa's helpful and friendly tone comes through in her instructions, and it really feels like you have an expert by your side holding you hand every step of the way. She starts with the basics of how to read and interpret patterns, how to prepare and cut fabrics, and how to select the right interfacings and interlinings for your bags, then moves on to more specific techniques in each chapter. The Structure and Reinforcement chapter covers how to sew darts, pleats, gussets, flat bottoms and gathers – showing you in detail how to sew these features. The Linings chapter reveals how to insert zip pockets into your linings, as well as different methods of inserting a bag lining. The Closures chapter explains how to insert a zip in three different scenarios, plus how to insert magnetic snap fastenings, twist lock fastenings, and how to use eyelets and rivets. The Handles and Straps chapter teaches you six different types of straps, from making simple straps to adjustable straps and even designer looking piped handles. The Pockets chapter contains a wealth of different pocket types, showing you how to sew a slip pocket to sewing roomy bellows pockets, elasticized pockets and darted corner pockets. Finally, the Edgings and Trimmings chapter reveals how to bind raw edges for a professional finish, including how to make bias binding, and also shows you how to sew piping and how to use ribbon, jewellery and embellishments on your bags. At the end of each chapter there is a bag project to make so you can put the techniques into practice straight away. These exciting and desirable designs are explained in full detail, with helpful photographs to guide you every step of the way. Starting with how to make a tote bag, the projects build in complexity. You will learn how to make a clutch bag, how to sew a messenger bag, how to make a hobo bag, how to make a travel holdall bag and more. Crucially, the pull-out pattern sheet gives full-size patterns, meaning there is no resizing or photocopying to do – you can get straight into cutting and sewing bags. This one-of-a-kind book is the ultimate guide to bag-making and an invaluable resource that you will reach for time and time again. "An amazing sewing education coupled with beautiful bags that of course, you can customize!" Amy Butler.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1st edition (25 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071533624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715336243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Lisa Lam successfully combines her love of sewing with her work in her busy online store http://www.u-handbag.com She stocks purse making supplies, her own sewing patterns and kits. Lisa also regularly contributes to sewing magazines and writes in her craft blog http://u-handbag.typepad.com Her first book is "The Bag Making Bible".

Lisa was born in the UK to parents for whom DIY was a way of life. As a child she loved experimenting with her Mother's huge 70s fabric stash. Fun school holidays were spent sewing up Sindy Doll dresses or crafting brum-brum cars out of big cardboard boxes. Now Lisa has grown up nothing has really changed except that now she has her own (out-of-control) fabric stash.

Not only is she passionate about making bags and sewing in general she is passionate about sharing her sewing knowledge. "Thanks to my Mum, sewing and craft is what I do. It's fun, it's therapy and it makes me happy. I can't imagine life without it. Give it try and you'll be hooked too!" Lisa lives in Brighton, UK.

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everything you need to know, even if you're a complete beginner […] handy book - guides to making every kind of bag imaginable --Cross Stitcher teaching readers how to create everything […] this is the first book of its kind […] an absolute must for anyone with an interest in sewing […] comes with a selection of visually-pleasing illustrations and boasts an extensive selection of clearly laid out step-by-step instructions [...] innovative designs and attention-grabbing pieces --Craft Business

guides to making every kind of bag imaginable --Cross Stitcher

teaching readers how to create verything […] this is the first book of its kind […] an absolute must for anyone with an interest in sewing […] comes with a selection of visually-pleasing illustrations and boasts an extensive selection of clearly laid out step-by-step instructions [...] innovative designs and attention-grabbing pieces --Craft Business

guides to making every kind of bag imaginable --Cross Stitcher

teaching readers how to create verything […] this is the first book of its kind […] an absolute must for anyone with an interest in sewing […] comes with a selection of visually-pleasing illustrations and boasts an extensive selection of clearly laid out step-by-step instructions [...] innovative designs and attention-grabbing pieces --Craft Business

About the Author

Lisa Lam is a London College of Fashion graduate and the founder and owner of U-Handbag.com – an online store specializing in bag-making supplies. She is a prolific bag designer and regular contributor to craft magazines. Lisa's blog is followed by thousands of crafters who admire both her passion and the quality of her bag-making advice, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter (@uhandbag) and Flickr. Lisa lives in Brighton, UK.

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163 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bag making bible? absolutely! 27 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
You might question how a book of only 160 pages can call itself a "bible" but don't, because that's exactly what it is!

It has everything you need to know in order to make your own bags from the patterns included in the book and to understand how to put your own ideas together to create your own bags should you feel inspired. I've been waiting (not so patiently) for this book ever since Lisa Lam announced on her website that it was happening, and as soon as I saw it listed on Amazon, I took full advantage of the "look inside this book" feature to see exactly what was in it, so I knew what I was getting. Having purchased some of Lisa's bag making kits and PDF patterns previously I was concerned that there might be some overlap/duplication with the patterns included in this book but I am happy to say that all 8 of the bag patterns in the book are new and not available in any of the kits or PDF patterns available from her shop. In other words 8 brand new designs for some fantastic looking bags are contained within this compact bible of a book.

As I had already checked out some of the images, I knew which ones I couldn't wait to make as soon as my copy arrived, and as soon as the book was showing as being in stock I ordered it. In particular, I can't wait to get started on the Oversized Fashionista, the Organised Office, and the Great Getaway bags, but all the bags look fantastic. There are plenty of photos of the bags and photos of key stages and techniques, as well as photos of basic equipment and fabric swatches to ensure you can identify everything you need when you go shopping for them.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it will make you a bag making addict 28 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I have been following Lisa's handblog for nearly a year and used a lot of her tutorials on u-handbag so I was eager to get my hands on this book. It was well worth the wait. There is so much detail in here that she may get in trouble from other bag pattern designers - you probably won't need to buy their patterns. And the range is fantastic - you really can make some professional looking bags.
I wondered whether it would just be a reworking of her internet tutorials, but no, this book goes into more detail and is more comprehensive. There are some very complicated and time consuming bags but there are also more simple ones. As I like to put together quick to make bags to sell, I know I will be able to use the advice to put together my best bag yet. There are both proper patterns to follow and detailed instructions for how to do each different type of pocket for example. The only thing that is missing is bag/purse frames - maybe she is saving this for volume 2...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just pretty pictures !!!! 3 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I love craft books - often for all of the pretty pictures of things I will never make........ This is not a book full of pretty pictures of things I will never make. It is thorough and informative. It is comprehensive and comprehensible. It is an absolute delight, and one of those reference books that will actually be USED not just flicked through. There are not lots and lots of projects, but there is lots and lots of information - enough to give you the confidence to do your own thing in addition to making the projects which are in the book.

Lisa Lam is a wonderful author - her blog is a delight and a constant source of entertainment and inspiration. I thought any book she wrote would be great, but this has surpassed my expectations. It is so very, very different from every other bag-making book I own and the word "bible" in the title is no over-statement.

This is a great book for all skill levels, and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Lisa !
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bag making book on the market 8 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Like other reviewers I am a great fan of the wonderful uhandbag website run by Lisa Lam. I was very excited to find her book on Amazon and pre-ordered several months ago. My book arrived last week and I have just completed my first bag from Lisa's patterns. Although I am a fairly experienced bag maker, I still found the book helpful and the patterns are wonderful. Usually when I buy one of these books there are only one or two bags that I really want to make. Not so with the Bag Making Bible. I started with the 'Piping Hot Hobo', which came out exactly like the picture, and I can't wait to try almost ALL of the other patterns. I made some subtle alterations to the pattern lining, as I wanted zip and phone pockets. Lisa encourages you to be creative and these bags can be made exactly as described, or altered to your own taste. I kept the outside the same as I loved the look, but have other ideas for it.
All in all this is a great book and the bags are really practical and realistically usable. Well done Lisa.....here's hoping for a second book soon!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have made loads of Lisa's bags, buying the kits and patterns from her blog. Every one of those patterns has been perfect, and easy to construct. I love how Lisa gives the person making the bags the confidence to try a tricky task and makes it easy to understand and do for themself. This book is no exception and I am so eager to start sewing. Every single pattern in this well laid out book is just so gorgeous, I'll use this book a lot, thanks Lisa :) My girls are going to have a lovely new bag each for Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book is brilliant for a beginner like me. It's very easy to follow, with clear explanations of what you need and how to use them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by pinkieplater
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bag-making book
I like the fact that it gives so much information that will cover any bag making ideas not necessarily just those featured in the book.
Published 10 days ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I keep skimming through this book looking at the pictures and wondering which bag I shall make first. Instructions are clear and photos are fun looking too! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book
Full of good ideas, packed with exciting projects. Simple patterns to follow, with straight forward instructions and ideas for fabrics.
Published 1 month ago by mrs j cotterill
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware kindle doesn't have patterns
Great book - but only after I bought the kindle version did I discover that the print version includes full size patterns - so I feel truly cheated!
Published 1 month ago by susiepet
5.0 out of 5 stars The bag making Bible
Good book with clear instructions, projects cover from basic to a bit harder, ideal
for a novice like me. Would reccommend to anyone who like me needs good basic instructions
Published 1 month ago by K. Cooney
4.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK ON KINDLE
The book is very good but in the kindle version you have no way of accessing the templates in printed format. Read more
Published 1 month ago by epona
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic looking book.
This book looks very easy to follow. The bags are really varied and colourful. Looking forward to making first bag.
Published 1 month ago by diane shelford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bag making book
This is probably the best bag making book I have in my workshop. The projects range from easy to fiercely complex, but all are described in wonderful detail, with excellent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. G. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a really good book for anyone who would like to make their own handbags. Patterns for each bag is included. The information is very clear and it gives a lot of tips. Read more
Published 2 months ago by christina
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