Gorgeous Yoko Saito bag patterns, ready for the making (+ giveaway!)

What else can we say but “Oooh!” and “Aaah!”? Yoko Saito is back with a new bag book—and it’ll inspire you to stitch the handbag of your dreams!

Yoko Saito's Bags I Love to Carry

Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito is known the world over for her exquisite handbags. In her gorgeously photographed book Yoko Saito’s Bags I Love to Carry, she shares 26 Yoko Saito bag patterns with a focus on beauty, purpose, and comfort.

From Yoko Saito's Bags I Love to Carry

Bags of all shapes and sizes feature motifs inspired by nature and traditional patchwork, most in Ms. Saito’s signature taupe color palettes (but there are a few colorful surprises too!). With designs from big, boxy bags to petite pouches with curvy shapes, you’ll learn Ms. Saito’s methods for flawless piecing and appliqué.

Queen Anne's Lace bag
Queen Anne’s Lace

Inside the book you’ll also find detailed color photographs that walk you through specific techniques for stitching different bags—so helpful if you’re new to bagmaking!

From Yoko Saito's Bags I Love to Carry
Here, Ms. Saito shares her technique for inserting a zipper.

Yoko SaitoIn addition to Yoko Saito bag patterns, Yoko Saito’s Bags I Love to Carry shares a fascinating glimpse into the life of Ms. Saito, including photos of her store, Quilt Party, and of her sewing studio. This chapter alone makes the book a must-have for Yoko Saito fans! There’s even a fun Q&A with the artist—here’s a little excerpt so you can have a taste:

Question: Of the 26 bag projects in this book, which is your favorite and why?

Yoko Saito: Of course I love all of them! But if I have to pick one, I would have to say Square Dance. It is a fairly simple design and very practical to use.

Square Dance bag
Square Dance

Question: Your bags are always so interesting and different. Where do you get your inspiration for the designs?

Yoko Saito: It’s not always easy to come up with new designs, but I love to people watch when I travel round the world. I’m often inspired by what I see on these travels.

Chic Corsage bag
Chic Corsage bag

Question: What would be your advice for beginning bagmakers?

Yoko Saito: When I teach, I find it most important to show a beginner all the specific steps to take in creating any project. Breaking it down in this way turns each one of these steps into a simple technique so that anyone can do it. My second piece of advice is to choose fabric with colors and patterns that you love.

Bellflower Season bag
Bellflower Season bag

Whether you’re looking for casual bags for everyday use or spectacular bags fit for special occasions, you’ll find lots to create in this inspiring collection!

Yoko Saito's Bags I Love to CarryWe have a copy of Yoko Saito’s Bags I Love to Carry up for grabs today! To enter the random drawing to win the book, tell us:

Handbags: made a bunch, made a few, or ready to give bag making a go?

Share your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the drawing. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to give bagmaking a go with Yoko Saito, you can purchase Yoko Saito’s Bags I Love to Carry on our website right now.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Judy, who says:

“Made a few. I like all kinds/sizes of bags. Would love to receive a book by Yoko. Have other patterns from Yoko but not bags.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Judy—congratulations!

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