4 ways to build your bag-making skills (+ sale!)

Posted by on February 8, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , , ,

1-Funky-HandbagAre you in need of a new favorite tote? Maybe a roomy market bag or a cute clutch? There are literally thousands of bag sewing patterns available, so how do you choose the right one?

The difference between a ho-hum bag and a fabulous one is all in the finishing and details. Whether you’re new to making bags or a full-fledged fanatic, today’s sale books will help you hone your bag-making skills and create masterpieces you’ll love to flaunt.
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Style and SwingHow to make a bag for . . . beginners

Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond by Susan Dunlop not only boasts a dozen must-have bag patterns, it also includes a wealth of excellent bag-making how-tos and resources. Susan is an expert in designing sophisticated, boutique-quality bags that don’t require difficult techniques or hard-to-find tools. She provides a guide to choosing the right interfacing to give your bag structure, as well as tips on selecting hardware and closures that provide a professional touch.

Check out some of the great comments from Amazon customer reviews of Style and Swing:

Five-stars“This book is brilliantly illustrated, [with] easy and clear instructions to follow. Such an impressive guide to making my own bags which I’ve always wanted to do. Love the contrasting fabrics used. I’m full of inspiring ideas now!” –Rose

Five-stars“As the title says, this book contains 12 handbag designs, but the way they are put together, the possibilities are endless. For beginners like myself it gives a great introduction on the use of interfacing, handles, tools and terms that I find very helpful.”—BT

Five-stars“The instructions are easy to follow and backed up with clear photographs which help even beginners create beautiful bags. Also contains details of techniques and equipment which gives even novices like myself the confidence to try the brilliant projects contained in the book.”—Miranda

Here are just a few of the versatile and stylish bag patterns from Style and Swing to inspire you:
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Trendy Hipster Bag
from Style and Swing
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Large Market Bag from
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Tri-Fold Wallet from
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And as every bag devotee knows, you can never have too many! Along with Style and Swing, you can build your bag-making library with three other fantastic books on sale today.

How to make a bag for . . . the sewing retreat


Stitchers on their way to a sewing or quilting retreat needs bags for all their stuff! Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury includes cute bag patterns that are perfect for getting your rotary mat and rulers, scissors, fabric, and more to your destination in style.

How to make a bag for . . . that special night out


Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson will take you far beyond the basic tote bag. Sara shows how to make bags with modern, on-trend designs and details.

How to make a bag for . . . friends and family


From pencil pouches to wallets to totes and everything in between, Sew Gifts! has a fun bag pattern for everyone on your gift list. The book includes lots of other sew-a-gift ideas too.

Are you a bag-making beginner or seasoned veteran? Tell us in the comments!

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