Wonder how to make high-end handbags? Sara shares all (giveaway!)

What woman doesn’t want to spoil herself with a high-end handbag?

Unfortunately, sometimes the cost of a department-store bag can spoil the fun.

However . . . if you know sewing-machine basics, you can spoil yourself silly. How? By making high-fashion handbags yourself at a fraction of the cost. And the big bonus: you can personalize them with your favorite fabrics.

Festival-bag
Festival Bag

Windy City Bags by Sara LawsonSo, how are those high-end handbags made, anyway? Big-City Bags author Sara Lawson knows, and she’s back to share a dozen new bag patterns plus her savvy sewing know-how in Windy City Bags.

From sweet little swinging numbers to sophisticated shoulder bags, a roomy duffel, and even a backpack, you’ll get to choose the fabric, choose the style, and choose those little details that will inspire passersby to do a double take and ask, “Where’d you get that great bag?” And you can answer, “I made it myself!”

We’re excited to have Sara as a guest writer today, here to tell us more about her second bag-making book. Welcome, Sara!


Sara-LawsonHello book-lovers! My name is Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, and my second book, Windy City Bags, is chock full of 12 brand-new bag-sewing patterns.

I like bags with interesting details, so each of the patterns in the book will give you a taste of different bag-sewing techniques—such as how to install a zippered pocket—plus bag-hardware techniques, like how to install a twist-lock.

New in Windy City Bags are helpful hints sprinkled throughout, noted with the heading “Sara Says.” These are suggestions for design details or tips to help your bag sewing go more smoothly.

Windy City Bags by Sara Lawson
Find “Sara Says” tips throughout the book

The “Sara Says” tip above is my favorite from the book. I like to use large-scale prints for my bags, and it’s important to spend time looking your fabric over before cutting—the old saying of “measure twice, cut once” definitely applies here!—in order to get the maximum eye appeal for your chosen print.

As in my first book, Big-City Bags, pattern instructions are accompanied by easy-to-understand illustrations. Windy City Bags features a pullout section at the back of the book with full-size pattern pieces; all rectangular pieces are called out in the cutting instructions, making it easy to use your rotary cutter to cut those rectangular pieces out. Rotary cutting for squares and rectangles is very exact!

Illustrations-from-Windy-City-Bags
Example of illustrations in
Windy City Bags

The Trompe le Monde Bag features two techniques to try: a thumb catch closure and piping. Piping is a fun feature you can add to almost any bag, and this pattern lets you give it a try in a low-stress way. You’ll be able to feature the biggest fabric print from your stash on this bag, as I’ve done with a “Nightshade” print from Tula Pink!

Trompe le Monde bag
Trompe le Monde Bag

I’d always wanted to design a rounded bag that looks three-dimensional rather than flat, and I think the Hey Mercedes bag ticks those boxes! The straps on the front and back are curved to mimic the shape of the bag, and there is a great pocket on the front. Everything closes on the lining side with a magnetic snap.

Windy City Bags book - Hey Mercedes Bag
Hey Mercedes Bag

This retro-inspired Sweet Talk Bag has some fun detailing and uses O-ring hardware on the straps. My favorite feature is the magnetic snaps in each of the side panels. The snaps cinch the sides in when the bag has just a few items inside, but stuff the bag full and you can easily open up those snaps. How fun!

Windy City Bags - Sweet Talk Bag sewing pattern
Sweet Talk Bag

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the Windy City Bags projects! Interfacing and purse hardware are important features of bag making, so in addition to the project instructions, there are detailed chapters in the book discussing interfacing types and methods for installing purse hardware. These chapters will be helpful as you get to sewing some bags. Happy bag making!


Thanks for spoiling us with a sneak peek of your new book, Sara!

Handbags: made a bounty, made a few, or ready to give bag making a go? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Windy City Bags! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Buy-it-NowCan’t wait to start your next bag with Sara? Buy the book now—or buy both of Sara’s books and earn free shipping in the U.S. and Canada.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Sandra, who says:

“I have made a few simple bags but would like to progress on to something more sophisticated like those in the book.”

Sandra, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


307 Comments

  • I am ready to give making bags a go! I have started planning one out and am looking for patterns or pattern ideas.

    —Emily C on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve only tackled one handbag, and that was with a lot of help from my friend. I would love to make more.

    Jocelyn on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to give bag making a try.

    —DebrafromMD on December 9, 2015
  • I love bags! I’ve made a few but would like to up my game and get to be more of a pro at it.

    —CJ Hines on December 9, 2015
  • Made a few, more like a bakers dozen:)

    —Diane B on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to try making a bag I’d be happy to carry around. Sara’s bags are spectacular.

    Nancy Myers on December 9, 2015
  • Sara was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of my quilt guild. What a talented lady! The information she presented was so helpful and her trunk show of bags was fabulous! I wasn’t able to take the workshop she presented, but even so, she’s inspired me to give bag making a try.

    —Bette on December 9, 2015
  • I have a fashionista daughter for whom I would love to make bags. The tips and patterns in this book would be so exciting to make for her!

    —Bonny on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a couple of handbags. I really enjoyed the whole process. Ready to make more!

    —Maxine E. on December 9, 2015
  • This bag looks fantastic. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Helen C on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags but none so exciting as these.

    —Vanessa Davies on December 9, 2015
  • I so love making bags and I have made many. If the patterns are written well then they are fun… I would love to try Sara’s patterns. They look beautiful

    —Chris on December 9, 2015
  • I tried to make a bag of denim one and it was too heavy so I’d love to try different styles and fabric and tips.

    —Cindy S on December 9, 2015
  • I would love to try these, and have some material from my stash already chosen!

    —Susan Peacock on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a bounty of bags, but would love to make some of these awesome bags!

    —Marianne on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a number of simple bags, a few a bit more complicated, and a cute patchwork backpack for my eldest granddaughter from dinosaur fabric, which certainly stretched my sewing skills! I am ready to move on to making professional looking bags for friends and family and this book looks ideal. I love that it has clear instructions and tips.

    —Vanessa Cato on December 9, 2015
  • These bags are the best I’ve ever seen. Sara is very talented. I am ready to start making a bag!

    —Kimberly P on December 9, 2015
  • I’m ready to give bag-making a go. I’ve made lots of tote bags, but nothing more serious and really want to learn!

    —Kathy E. on December 9, 2015
  • These bags look great, I am ready to try making them.

    —Marcia on December 9, 2015
  • Sara’s bags are gorgeous. I would love to try making a few of these.

    —Lin on December 9, 2015
  • I would love try making several of these bags….how fun! :o)

    —Cheryl Rich on December 9, 2015
  • I have made some tote bags and have several patterns for bag but have been afraid to try. My DIL has asked for a diaper bag for her and my new grandbaby so I guess I will be trying but I bet I ruin alot of materials before I get it right. Heeeeerrrre I go. I would love to be able to make good looking, usable bags

    —Lori on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few, and although my skills are improving, I haven’t nailed the "professional" look that I am after. I know Sara’s tips would be an invaluable resource.

    —Linda Jackson on December 9, 2015
  • Nicest bags I’ve seen. They make me want to give it a go.

    —Susan on December 9, 2015
  • I love the patterns of your purses and would love the book.

    —Betty on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve never made a handbag, but would love to try. I’ve missed out on a few of Sara’s classes at my local shop due to scheduling conflicts. The book would be the next best thing to taking her class.

    —kraftykc on December 9, 2015
  • I love the sizes of these purses — not too big, and not too small. They’re perfect!

    —Jodie on December 9, 2015
  • I have made few bags before but I really like the look of Sara’s. I’d like to make the Trompe le Monde bag.

    —Robin Bunch on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags and Sara’s patterns look great. I’d love to try some.

    —Marilyn in Alberta on December 9, 2015
  • I was just gifted a piece of beautiful upholstery fabric and Sara’s book has given me inspiration to make a bag with it! THANKS

    —Marianne on December 9, 2015
  • Bag have been on my to-do list forever, but afraid to take the plunge. Both books look great–and "might" get me going!

    —Shelor on December 9, 2015
  • I learned how to tailor men’s suits so I might as well get over the fear of making bags. I am ready to make it a go! Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Janey on December 9, 2015
  • This book looks awesome. I have one of Sara’s books and would love this one. Thanks for the chance.

    —Judith on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve only made one bag (twice) and it was a struggle. Yours look so sweet. Thanks for the great tips on clever styling. I’d love to win a copy of your book. Thank you! Merry Christmas.

    —Quilting Jeannie Z on December 9, 2015
  • I have made basic bags but would love to try this!

    —Margaret on December 9, 2015
  • These would make wonderful gifts for my granddaughters!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve never made a bag before, but I always thought I would like to try. This book would be a wonderful help. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Sharon on December 9, 2015
  • Have always wanted to make bags with my fav fabrics but always intimidated, This wouold be so helpful!

    —Erin on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve not made a bag as yet, but am really wanting to. I just can’t seem to pinpoint a design I like that I want to try.

    —Virginia on December 9, 2015
  • This looks like something I could actually follow to make neat handbags.

    —Lee Kallusch on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made one – certainly would love to make more

    —Kathy Luehrs on December 9, 2015
  • ohhh yaaaa your bags are very very cool looking would love to give them a try ..I have made a few totes but no purses……..happyness04431@yahoo.com

    Anna Lutz-Brown on December 9, 2015
  • Oh, my gosh……I could learn so much if I had these books! The bags are fantastic, and the instructions look absolutely wonderful. I wouldn’t have any problems with these. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Andy on December 9, 2015
  • I have never tried making a handbag. It would be so neat to be able to make at least one bag.

    —B J Kinney on December 9, 2015
  • I love the look of these tailored bags. I’ve been a little intimidated but it looks like this book has lots of great illustrations to help me along. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Paula on December 9, 2015
  • Sara’s patterns appeal to me like no other bag patterns have. I would really like to try my hand at making one of them.

    —Linda Taylor on December 9, 2015
  • I am so ready to start a new business using these techniques.
    Thanks

    Risé St Arno on December 9, 2015
  • Made a number of bags mostly as gifts. Time to make one for myself.

    —Susan Krahn on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags of any kind. It is important for me to make quality bags. I am always looking for new techniques to incorporate in my bag making. Pick me!

    —Susan Wood on December 9, 2015
  • I’d love to try my hand at making Sara’s Festival Bag! LOVE the look of that bag and hopefully with Sara’s detailed instructions and pics, I can do it! And from there…who knows? I’m excited!

    —Kathy Booth on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to give it a go! I have wanted to try making a bag and yours are so inspirational. Thanks for the opportunity to dive in!

    —Marie on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made some totes in the past, and would LOVE to make my own Miche covers! someone needs to put out some patterns for those… This book has so many styles, my daughter is a purse-a-holic, and she quilts (as I do!) and perhaps this is a good Christmas present for her!

    —Sharon Schipper on December 9, 2015
  • I tried making bags but they were pretty meh – these styles are great!

    —Monika on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made simpler bags and would like to try something more complicated.

    —Helen on December 9, 2015
  • Bags… I just love bags and that includes making them. I have made hand bags, book bags, little bags. Needless to say I have "made a bounty" of bags. One can never have too many bag patterns!

    —Vicky on December 9, 2015
  • I made a couple of small bags awhile ago. I would love to try one of Sara’s patterns.

    —Maureen Haynes on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made sacs and carry bags, but never ventured into more complex hand bags. This book looks awesome.

    Gail G on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags and these look great!

    —Kathy on December 9, 2015
  • I’d love to try making some of these bags!

    —Nancy Lanier on December 9, 2015
  • I would like to give bag making a go and several of the bags featured are a good start because they already struck my fancy

    —Marthese on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags but nothing so darling as these! Would love to try a few!

    —Kate on December 9, 2015
  • For the last year and a half I’ve helped a couple of ladies sew that have never sewn before. They are both 70ish are doing fantastic! They even made many of their Christmas gifts this year, pretty impressive I think! We’ve made a simple bag earlier this year but I think they are ready to tackle a bag as beautiful as these. It would be amazing to win this, thanks!

    —Sandy Neuhoff on December 9, 2015
  • Bags are my favourite things to sew. The make great gifts as the can be personalised really easily.

    —bekki on December 9, 2015
  • I have only made some simple tote bags but would love to learn the techniques to make trendy bags for myself, my daughter and my daughter-in-law!

    Marsha Ransom on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a couple of bags — but none as cool as these. I am going to try oe of these — the hardest part will be deciding which one. 🙂
    quiltschon@att.net

    —Carol Sc on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few totes, but haven’t tried anything with pockets/zippers yet. These are great looking bags!

    Wendy on December 9, 2015
  • The last bag I made was in the mid 1970’s. I would like to learn the updated techniques to make a bag for myself and my daughter-law.

    —Diane P. on December 9, 2015
  • I have received a bag as a gift, and I would love to know how to make them…can’t wait!

    —Sandi Spence on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made tote bags before but never handbags of this quality…but I’d love to learn. Thank you for a chance to win the book.

    —Kathy Upton on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags of all shapes and sizes. I have made them huge to accommodate all my & quilting supplies down to small makeup bags which I’m making now all in my embroidery hoop with initials on them. I would love to make one of these bags as they sound like fun and look amazing. Going to now and check out buying the book. Would be soooooooooo cool to win one! Thank you for the chance.. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all

    —Carol Allen on December 9, 2015
  • Oh the bags looks so wonderful, I want to make one of each to add to my wardrobe. A woman can NEVER have too many bags, especially as wonderful as these look!! Thank you for the give away!

    —Cyndi Duffin on December 9, 2015
  • I’m ready to give bag making another try. My first attempt didn’t turn out the way I wanted. Your book would really help me to get a polished look. Hope I win!

    —Catherine Cook on December 9, 2015
  • I love, love, love making bags. They are a chance to be very creative in a small space. I always am looking for ways to make the finished project better, more professional.

    Marlene Clausen on December 9, 2015
  • This book has my cousin’s name written ALL over it! Do you think if I give her the book she’ll make me a bag?

    —Nyla-Jean on December 9, 2015
  • Very good looking book! Would love to have a copy

    —Barbara on December 9, 2015
  • Would love to use these tips when making bags from Scottish tartan!

    —Sydnie Wauson on December 9, 2015
  • Would love to make professional looking handbags. Have made a few hand bags, but they didn’t turnout that great. A few helps and hints would be great

    —Patsy Philson on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made mostly totes. Lovely bags and great instructions.

    —Judy Allen on December 9, 2015
  • I have done a couple of bags, and would like to try some different patterns. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Kathy C on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made several bags–the book looks like it has some fun designs!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on December 9, 2015
  • I would love to make these gorgeous bags! So many fabric and design options!

    Amy Bouchard on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few and bought a bunch. Ready to make a few more to suit my needs. Book looks like fun.

    —Kathy on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few very easy handbags but would love to learn how to make Sara’s bags because they are so stunning!

    —JAN on December 9, 2015
  • I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I love Sara’s style.

    —Linda King on December 9, 2015
  • Beautiful bags, all of them. Would love to try one or more for myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Melanie on December 9, 2015
  • love the bags, cant afford to buy store bought. I make everything.

    —Nadine on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few purses, bags and change purses for myself and as gifts.

    —KimS on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags. Now I’m ready to make them look a little more high end. Windy City Bags looks like just what I need to get the quality I’m looking for.

    —Sally K on December 9, 2015
  • OMG!! I want this book! These bags are awesome!

    —Ginny Leber on December 9, 2015
  • I have made quite a few bags. I’d love to make some from Windy City Bags.

    —Virginia Over on December 9, 2015
  • HI,I’VE MADE 2 BAGS SO FAR! REALLY LIKE SARA’S IDEAS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    —LINDA on December 9, 2015
  • I LOVE the Mercedes bag. I have a piece of fabric for the "just right" project, and this is IT>

    Cynthia Wood on December 9, 2015
  • I have never made a bag…..but have wanted to give it a try. All of the patterns in this book are awesome!

    —Sandy on December 9, 2015
  • I would love to know tips for making bags special.

    —Dorothy Wolverton on December 9, 2015
  • These bags look interesting. The only thing I’ve done is a simple tote. Might have to give one of these a try.

    —Terri on December 9, 2015
  • Gorgeous!!

    Robyn Ramos on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to give bag making a go.

    —Georgina on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few but those look like great ones to make more!!

    —Marilyn Rose on December 9, 2015
  • Never made one but I’m ready to try!

    —amy on December 9, 2015
  • Love making bags. This looks like the inspiration to make MORE.

    —Suzy on December 9, 2015
  • I recently took my first class on making a weekend bag. It was a lot of work, but it turned out great!

    —Susan Israel on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve only made one bag, and it’s time to make more! They’re a challenge to me, but a challenge is good.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on December 9, 2015
  • Great looking bags!

    —Sue Miller on December 9, 2015
  • I have made several bags in the past but none of mine have the awesome structure look of store bought. With this book and Tuala Pink fabric. What can I say? AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    —Dawn Tenneson on December 9, 2015
  • Wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Looks like a ton of great info!

    —Lynn on December 9, 2015
  • I have never made a handbag! I would love to give it a try.

    —Linda on December 9, 2015
  • I recently sewed a travel bag and struggled with fabric placement and construction. I would love to read Sara’s tips. I’m sure they would have made the task easier resulting in a bag I would be proud to carry.

    Susan G on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made totes but not a real handbag. I’ve toyed with the idea of trying to copy one I have several of that were handmade by a local woman. Would love to try one.

    —Diana Salmon on December 9, 2015
  • Love all the bags – really would be hard to pick just one, so I would like to make many! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    —Bea on December 9, 2015
  • I have made small duffel bags but the pattern was very basic. They didn’t have the designer look that these bags have. I would love to tackle a few of these. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    —Lynn D. on December 9, 2015
  • I love to make bags. Always looking for some new ideas. This looks like a fun book.

    —Susan on December 9, 2015
  • I made a few little totes – I would love this book, to try serious bag making – they would make great gifts!

    —Kathie R on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags, more tote style than a true purse. These are wonderful patterns.

    —Jackie on December 9, 2015
  • Love the idea of making bags new ideas- never thought of making my own- thanks for inspiration and chance to win your book have great holiday

    Martha Hood on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made several bags in the past, mostly for myself. I appreciate my work.:} I’m liking the looks of the Sweet Talk bag.

    —Whiskers on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve never made a handbag, but am ready to try!
    The book looks wonderful!

    —Shari K. on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags (only in a class) but nothing as cute as Windy City Bags!

    —Claire on December 9, 2015
  • I’m ready to dive into bag making! Sara makes such great bags–I’d love to have her book. It looks like she’d be holding my hand as I venture into a new area of sewing 🙂

    —Karen on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few simple bags and really enjoyed it. I’d love to make more, using more professional methods and detailing and this book looks like it has both! The bags look wonderful and I really hope I win.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the opportunity to win it!

    —susan on December 9, 2015
  • Nice handbags! I loved your first book, am looking forward to the new one. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the new book!

    —Karen N on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags-mostly soft sided and somewhat shapeless. Totes, mondo bags and a hobo I would like to make a shaped bag!

    —Judi on December 9, 2015
  • I’d love to try this!!!

    —Kim Fahrni on December 9, 2015
  • I’m a quilter, & I would like to try making a bag!

    —MS Barb on December 9, 2015
  • Love the bags! As I have made many totes and bags, I love the selection offered in the book! So stylish and unique! Love to win the book to spruce up my bag line up!

    —Nancy Goodfellow on December 9, 2015
  • Made a bounty, for sure! I love making bags in between bigger quilt projects.

    Zanymouse on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags, and I personally prefer bags with pockets so I can pretend to be organized! This book looks like lots of fun. Thanks for offering a chance to win.

    —Sally A. on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to try making a bag. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

    —Kalen on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made quite a few bags, but nothing like the ones pictured. Would really like to go the next level of bag making.

    —Joanne Larson on December 9, 2015
  • Sara’s books will help legions of women expand their creative potential. I am certain I will be trying her techniques with glee.

    —Camille on December 9, 2015
  • I would love to make some great bags with my three granddaughters!

    —Nell on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few – mostly using Lazy Girl Designs – but always open to variations and tips on personalizing my bags.

    —Regina on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made some bags, but would love to make more. I’ve seen some of Sara’s tutorials on line, so I’m sure the book would be great.

    —Karen A on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a lot of totes, some small zip bags, a couple of art pieces/bags. Apparently I have aspirations of making handbags based on all the bag books I own, but I still haven’t made a bag with all the features and style that would make me use it everyday. I would love this book because it has it all.

    —Karen on December 9, 2015
  • What gorgeous bags! How did you know I needed to make a new one?

    —Roberta Kennedy on December 9, 2015
  • I have tried a couple of bags, but the bags looked and felt home-made, and not in the good way. I would love to have the book, as I feel it would give me the satisfaction I so crave in doing some new bags with her tips and the good instructions she does so well. Yeah sara.

    —Marcia Gault on December 9, 2015
  • Great outline of what is in Sara’s new book. Just took her Craftsy class and she has good bag making advice. Planning to check out the book in detail.

    —Denise on December 9, 2015
  • I love making hand bags! I am making all my girls gymn bags for christmas. It has been a great project! would love to read your book. I certainly like your patterns. Fabric placement is VERY important if using a print!!

    —Dorothy Holt on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags and tote bags, but it would be fun to add a little more ‘class’ and functionality to a new bag. I have several family members and friends I could make them for (and myself!) so I’m ready to get started on next year’s birthday and Christmas gifts!! Thanks!

    —Marie Chat on December 9, 2015
  • I have made some beach tote bags so far but would love to have a go at something a little more advanced. These projects looks amazing.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

    —Claire Ross on December 9, 2015
  • Just love these Cross the Body Shoulder Bags, which have become so popular and make me feel very modern because I have been using them for years. Will definitely be making some of them for myself.

    —Pamela Dorman on December 9, 2015
  • Would love to see her techniques so my "homemade" bags don’t look homemade!

    —Sue R on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made some bags but would really like to step it up to another level~ thanks for the chance!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on December 9, 2015
  • I’e made a few bags but would love to get better at it! The bags shown by Sara look great!

    —Ramona Carpenter on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve never tried a bag before. This is so inspiring! Would love to be the winner of this one!

    —theresa sheldon on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made basic totes and cross-body bags, but would love to try more detailed patterns. Sara’s designs are wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win her book!

    —Aggiequilter on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few totes, but the thought of a handbag scares me. I would love to be able to make one or more of those stunning handbags. Hope I win.

    —Bridget on December 9, 2015
  • I have not made any bags yet. Plan on making my first tote next week. Would love to be able to make my own purse for the new year.

    —Tana McNac on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few. I have 6 granddaughters and I’ve made each one of them a special bag. I’ve also made a couple for myself and friends. They’re a lot of fun to make.

    —Virginia in AK on December 9, 2015
  • Your sharing these samples has got my motor running! Sewing machine motor, of course. I made a few bags on my own 40 years ago, but my taste has improved considerably since then! I cannot wait to look through my stash with bag making in mind, and I would love to win a copy of your new book.

    —Margery on December 9, 2015
  • I made a bag one time and a friend said she wanted it BAD. I didn’t want to part with it so I told her I’d have to have $100 for it, thinking she would never go for it and I could keep my bag. She said OK and just like that I "lost" the best purse I ever made. I love bags!

    —Sue Stokke on December 9, 2015
  • Have not made any bags yet. This are beautiful and inspiring

    —Dwana Zahn on December 9, 2015
  • These bags are so classy. Love the detail work!!!

    —Jan on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve been thinking about it for several years. Now I am ready to give bag making a go.

    —Jo Anne on December 9, 2015
  • I honestly thought my sewing skills would never get to the level of totes and handbags, but this book has me thinking it’s time to give it a shot. I’d love to win this book and begin a new chapter in my sewing history.

    —debra lee on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags.

    —Marsha on December 9, 2015
  • Love making bags and would love this book to make even more!!

    —P. Cummins on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve only made simple tote bags but would love to give one of these gorgeous handbags a try-thanks for the chance to win!

    —Debbie Miller on December 9, 2015
  • Ooo, Ooo, pick me! Love your designs!

    —Marilyn Goehl on December 9, 2015
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE

    Robin Tuckeman on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags! I’ve made quite a few and sold some to help with college expenses. I would like to expand my repertoire of handbag making skills. I’d love both books.

    —Judy Hodges on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few bags but these are a step up in style and I would love to make some.

    —Helen on December 9, 2015
  • I have friends and sisters who ask if I can make bags for them. With the knowledge found in this new book, I can gain the confidence needed to fulfill wishes indeed.

    —Jolene J on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve mainly made tote bags, and would like to make something more substantial.

    —Sally on December 9, 2015
  • Love making bags! It’s got to be a habit that I make both me and a friend a new big bag for her birthday! and we both have so much fun…..it’s nice when people don’t believe I made the bags!!

    —Judys on December 9, 2015
  • What a book OH please ma can I win one!

    Charlene B. on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few however, I always look for new styles and ways of creating a beautiful bag.

    —Marguerite Namdar on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made some bags, but only simple ones.

    —Lisa Marie on December 9, 2015
  • The book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway and have a great Christmas. I love making bags of all kinds. 🙂

    —Lynn on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve not made any handbags, but made many totes! Great book – thanks for the tips and for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a half a dozen bags, but they have all been from the same pattern! I’m ready to branch out and try something new!

    Barb Johnson on December 9, 2015
  • There great love the bags

    —Sonia Afanador on December 9, 2015
  • I love making bags. Would love to have her books

    —Mary Vukusich on December 9, 2015
  • I have made some tote bags, but never a handbag. I would love to learn how to make a handbag. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Deborah on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of bags and love them. It takes time, but the investment yields a bag that perfectly matches my storage/toting needs. The detailing on Sarah’s bags really makes them look high fashion.

    —Mona on December 9, 2015
  • I have made two bags and loved them both, but they were very simply styled. I’m ready yo try one of Sara’s bags with all the cute details!

    —Linda B on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few. I think I need a new one.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on December 9, 2015
  • My family and friends all have been given at least one bag as a present over the years. It’s time for me to make myself another bag – maybe after all the Christmas presents are finished

    —Kerry on December 9, 2015
  • I want to make all of them! I’ve made about a zillion totes, but not many bags. I’m looking forward to making some of Sara’s bags.

    —Alys on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made several bags and love being able to create just what I want (and what my daughter wants as well). Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

    —Terry on December 9, 2015
  • Have not made one yet, but definitely willing to give it a try.

    —Nancy N on December 9, 2015
  • Love the bags, I’ve tried to make a few but none so structured. Love the pics! I’ve all ready got great fabric for a new bag or two.

    —susan r on December 9, 2015
  • These are all great looking! I have made a few, but never any for myself. These might be the ones for me!

    —Doreen S on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made lots of totes and small bags and feel like I’d like to branch out to something a little more detailed. This looks like just the book I need.

    —Carol on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made totes but love to try one of the handbags.

    —Lana on December 9, 2015
  • I am ready to give bag making a go!

    —Trudy Adamek on December 9, 2015
  • Making my bags was my intro into "Real Sewing" back in the days when I was too scared to do anything but basic patchwork.
    I’ve recently thrown myself into it by making a sewing bag that has multiple ZIPPERED pouches and a purse that has actual closing hardware!
    The last one was made at a Quilting Retreat and my friends said I was like a dog with two tails because I was so obviously pleased with the results of both the purse, and conquering my fears 😀

    —Kayt Deans on December 9, 2015
  • I have been telling myself for forever that I am going to attempt to make some bags. Then, lacking any enticement that hits my eyeballs and says, "there it is, there’s the one", it fades away. I have just been hit by several "that’s the one" in Sara’s book. I would love to win this one.

    Donna on December 9, 2015
  • ready to go

    —Laura Wernet on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags, and I would love to try Sara’a methods. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Pam S on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a few simple bags and totes – I would love to expand and do some more complicated ones!

    —Lee on December 9, 2015
  • I have made several bags already and would like to win the book to make some more.

    —Sylvia on December 9, 2015
  • Decades ago, I made a couple of covers for a bag with a wooden handle and a replaceable cover, but I haven’t done anything with handbags since then.

    —Karen on December 9, 2015
  • I love all the bags. I have made some totes but nothing high class, however I would love to learn to make nice bags for myself and to give to others. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book and good luck to all.

    —Karen Halliburton on December 9, 2015
  • I love to make totes and little zippered bags. I learn something new from every one I make.

    —Joan on December 9, 2015
  • Would like to give this a try! Thanks for the chance!

    —Marsha Betson on December 9, 2015
  • I want to try making a bag, but the thought of the hardware and installation of it, is intimidating. Hoping this book will help me overcome my fear.

    —Lynn D in NC on December 9, 2015
  • Definitely ready to give it a go! Would love to win this book!

    —Ashley on December 9, 2015
  • I have sewn several bags over the years but haven’t made any for a couple of years. So I’m definitely ready to make a new bag. Sara has many beautiful designs and I love her attention to detail!

    —Kaye M. on December 9, 2015
  • I love to make bags. These look fabulous!

    —Nancy Reis on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made lots of simple totes, but not a fancy bag like those! Maybe it’s time!! They are all cute, and I’d have to figure out where to start.

    —Kathy in IN on December 9, 2015
  • I’m ready to give making handbags a try – bags are,great but handbags hold things better!

    —Alice Nelson on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a couple of simple tote-style bags. Would love to make something more constructed.

    —Jamie on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve never made one before but I’d love to start! Thanks and God bless!

    Rose Santuci-Sofranko on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags and plan to make more. I have Sara’s Big City Bags and the Windy City Bags looks just as awesome.

    —Kathy R on December 9, 2015
  • I’ve made lots of tote bags but not a handbag. I’d love to give it a try!

    —Linda Webster on December 9, 2015
  • Love very much her bags , I have also her craftsy class, it gave me lots of good information in construction of bags. thanks for the opportunity to participate in for this book.

    —celine-x on December 9, 2015
  • I have only made totes with no zippers. I am ready to give the handbags a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janie on December 9, 2015
  • I have made many bags, but would love to win this book!

    —Carmen on December 9, 2015
  • Would like to learn this technique for bag making.
    Thank you for this opportunity to win this book.

    —Rose on December 9, 2015
  • Would love to try making these bags!

    —Marla on December 9, 2015
  • I have not gone much beyond tote bags so your book would be fun!

    —Pam Reim on December 9, 2015
  • Reading this post makes me want to try making a bag. I’d love to win the book. Thanks.

    —Sharon on December 9, 2015
  • I have made a ton of bags- I have your previous book and it was very helpful. I have a bag accepted into the Road to CA bag challenge this year. Would love to win your new book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Reena Kaplowitz on December 9, 2015
  • I like to make bags but I think I need this book so I will get better at it.

    —Chris on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made a few handbags. I have enjoyed both making and using them. The only negatives about them is my desire for them to be a little more "polished" looking and to have more organizational features inside them. I would love to win this book as it looks like it would be helpful in over coming both my challenges. Thank you for the opportunity!

    —PurpleFigment on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags. This gorgeous book looks like just the ticket to taking my work to the next level and being more satisfied with it. Fingers crossed for luck! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.

    —PurpleFigment on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made several bags over the last few years. I would love to win this book! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    —Sandy N on December 10, 2015
  • Bags look wonderful! Can’t wait to check them out — still making Christmas presents and some of these are perfect for some of my special friends.

    —Barbara on December 10, 2015
  • These bags are so beautiful that it’s hard to choose one to make.I’m looking forward to making one. Thanks for the idea.

    Mary on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of very simple bags, nothing as sophisticated-looking as these…yet. 🙂

    —Laura B. on December 10, 2015
  • I love making bags/totes; when I saw Sara’s, and all in one book, I was excited! I hope I win, but if not, this will have to be a book to purchase. Thanks, Sara, for all the designs and well-written patterns. Love it, Love it, Love it!

    —Tammy Ahrens on December 10, 2015
  • I find that zippers give me the most trouble, maybe Sara’s tips could help!

    —Margaret on December 10, 2015
  • I have Big City Bags and it is a fabulous book! Wouldn’t mind adding Windy City Bags to my collection. I just received an order of fusible interfacing, so I’m ready to start sewing!

    —Angie Wolgamott on December 10, 2015
  • I usually make totes but I have made a few handbags. Some are fun but others are really involved so I tend to pass them by. Love some of the bags shown, they are so inspirational.

    —connie b on December 10, 2015
  • I love designing and making bags- these tips are great!

    —Sandy on December 10, 2015
  • I ready to start making bags. One can never have too many and they would make great gifts.

    —Susan Stanton on December 10, 2015
  • I love to make my own handbags and would love the opportunity to win this book.

    —Pat on December 10, 2015
  • I have made a few and love a great pattern!!!! Time is always my issue as there is work waiting on me in my sewing space (currently 3 hem jobs, 4 zippers, a pocket fix, 2 queen size quilts and the last couple christmas gifts) so sewing for my own fun is usually down the list… good thing I enjoy it all!

    —Tonie Peterson on December 10, 2015
  • Beautiful bags! I haven’t made any bags yet–but I really want to after seeing this book!

    —jane d on December 10, 2015
  • I have made at least a dozen purses and two dozen tote bags from fairl basic patterns. Sara’s designs and instructions look mah-va-lus!

    —Karen on December 10, 2015
  • I’m a quilter and always have lots of stash. I’ve made bags for myself and love being able to choose colours to match my outfits. Totes are great gifts for all occasions and I have often gone on vacations to the Caribbean and given totes to the staff at the hotel. They love them and can use them over and over again.
    I’ve recently signed up for the class on Craftsy to learn new skills and Sara’s books are on my Christmas list.
    Happy Sewing and Merry Christmas to all.

    —Doreen on December 10, 2015
  • I love making bags. Its a good thing too,we have a housefu of girls. Lol!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

    —Doris McCarty on December 10, 2015
  • I have never made a bag but would like to learn.

    —Nancy Hilderbrand on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made some simple totes. Now it’s time to up my game.

    —Mi Webber on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made several bags and enjoyed doing it very much.

    —Karen Watkins on December 10, 2015
  • I’ve made one bag and want to try some others — this looks great!

    —Elizabeth Monahan on December 10, 2015
  • Never made bags with a closure (only made a few open-top totebag style). I didn’t know where to locate unique clasps but have some interesting fabrics I’d like to try with one of the cross-body bag patterns.

    —Marty on December 10, 2015
  • I loved the bag, I would like to make this kind of work to sell them.

    —Cecilia on December 10, 2015
  • These designs look great! I have made a couple of bags- but these have more design pizazz!

    carol on December 10, 2015
  • I have made a few simple bags but would like to progress onto something more sophisticated like those in the book.
    Sandra

    Sandra on December 11, 2015
  • Wonderful designs! I have made a bag and look forward to making more. This would be a great design help.

    —Pam on December 11, 2015
  • I love making bags! Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book.

    —Roberta buckles on December 11, 2015
  • I am ready to take a stab at making a bag…. need to find just the right pattern though. I want it to look high end.

    —Christina in FL on December 11, 2015
  • I love making bags! The details on these look amazing. I’m looking forward to trying the piping and different closures. Thanks!

    —Carol Smith on December 11, 2015
  • I have made some simple bags but some of these ideas look really good. I’d like to make a small back pack style bag without buying all the straps, fasteners, etc. I don’t need an adjustable shoulder strap. I can make it the length I want. I have some lightweight webbing that can be covered with the matching fabric – or something contrasting. I’m ready to tackle something different!

    —Joyce Ward on December 11, 2015
  • I have made mostly totes and would like to upgrade to something more polished.

    —Joye on December 11, 2015
  • I would have to say the Troumpe would probably be the bag (s) I would make for my daughter and her girls. I have never attempted a bag before so this would be a good challenge for me.

    Thanks for the chance to win !!

    —Diana G on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve been making bags for years now. When I realized I could customize the inside pockets, I quit buying bags at the store. Always looking for new ideas.

    —Sue H on December 11, 2015
  • I made a couple simple quilted bags, more along the lines of canvas shopping bag shape. I want to venture into the more intricate bags with zippers or other style closures. I think Trumpe Le Monde would be the first one I would make.

    —Lori S on December 11, 2015
  • I have made a few bags in past but would like to have some new patterns and ideas.

    —Mary Burn on December 11, 2015
  • I have made a few for myself, and I’m making three for Christmas gifts this year. It’s fun!

    —Donna on December 11, 2015
  • Looks like a nice assortment of trendy but useful bags. I know they take a little more work but dividing the steps into stages helps to make the process
    less overwhelming. There also looks like a lot of great tips to make your fabric selection and construction easier!

    —Mary Smith on December 11, 2015
  • I’m ready to give bag-making a try!

    —Teresa B on December 11, 2015
  • I’m ready to make bag making a go. These bags look great. They don’t look homemade at all. Such fun!!

    —Cindy Schultz on December 11, 2015
  • I made 6 bags for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago. They were so fun to make. I’m excited to try the different hardware techniques in this book.

    —Kim on December 11, 2015
  • I have bough several bag patterns but haven’t made any of them. I love the looks of your bags, they are so neat. Thanks for sharing.

    —Sandy R. on December 11, 2015
  • I have made a bag or two but not as intricate as these. It would be great to win the book so I could make some for gifts.

    —Julie on December 11, 2015
  • I just got a copy. I want to make one of each. Wish me luck.

    —sew happy on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of tote bags and they were flimsy. I’m definitely interested in learning more about making nicer bags.

    —Sharon on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made many bags, but these are at another level. I’d love to give them a try.

    —Judy Purcell on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a few handbags, and they don’t look high end, would love to give this book a try, could be a lot of fun!

    —Kathy on December 11, 2015
  • I’d love to try making a bag;so far I’ve only made tote bags.

    —tac on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a few purses, but would love to make those shown in this book!

    Lynn Whinery on December 11, 2015
  • I have just started making bags – and I love it. Sara is amazing

    —Marian on December 11, 2015
  • I made a few large bags to carry groceries,etc. out of denim, and they turned out well. have also experimented, with more hit than misses, making bags for knitting or quilting projects, with extra pockets for tools, out of pre-quilted fabrics. Would LOVE to expand and learn how to make the bags shown. Sounds like fun, and they would make great gifts!!

    —Norma J. on December 11, 2015
  • So far I’ve made one handbag in a class. It was lots of fun, and it turned out great! Sara’s bags look terrific and very professional. Can’t wait to make some of her bag patterns with my personal fabric choices!

    —JLouise on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made lots and lots of bags and will keep on making them because every one I give away gets a great response.

    —Donna on December 11, 2015
  • I really want to try making a handbag. Bought a pattern years
    ago and have misplaced it — this book looks like it would
    be perfect for me to get started.

    —Dorothy M on December 11, 2015
  • I really love the book and Sara gives really good hints and pics so you can follow and learn these techniques. It makes a well finished bag.

    —Alfreda Rupert on December 11, 2015
  • Really ready to try some of these bags.

    —Mimi F. on December 11, 2015
  • I’m known as the "bag lady" so I would love to win the book because you can never have enough bags

    —Roma Crowhurst on December 11, 2015
  • I’d love to try. I’ve tried before and they always looked ‘home made’. I love the Vera Bradley look.

    —Tamara Williams on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a few but would love to try these .. Love the purple one …

    —Mary on December 11, 2015
  • Made a bounty. I love to make handbags. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a few, now I’m ready to learn some techniques to make them look more professional. Looks like a great book!

    —Susan on December 11, 2015
  • Would love to learn how to do them right

    —barbara woods on December 11, 2015
  • I’m trying my very first bag this week, so excited my supplies have turned up so there is no excuse now. As they say "In for a penny, in for a pound" woohoo

    —Janet G on December 11, 2015
  • I have made a few in my lifetime (I won’t say how long that has been). lol
    Macramed many years ago, a few jeans bags, etc.

    —Karen F on December 11, 2015
  • Having just returned from a Christmas gift shopping expedition, I convinced myself I would be making a purse for my middle daughter before I pay the price of those at the store. Even on sale they were a bit too spendy for me. Plus, I’m sure I have some fabric in the stash that would work, and if I can just remember where I put all the rings and closures I bought not all that long ago with the intent to conquer making purses. This book would be so well used if I were to win it.

    Paula Hedges on December 11, 2015
  • I have made a tote bag & two very easy clutch bags….. love the patterns the bags look fantastic. would love to win the book to treat myself & my daughter with a fantastic bag.

    —Suzanne Keal on December 11, 2015
  • I’ve made a few but not the right one yet.

    —Margaret on December 11, 2015
  • I have only made a clutch bag years ago. The handbags in this book are something I would really love to make.

    —Judy on December 11, 2015
  • I haven’t started making bags yet. I want to though.

    —MelodyJ on December 11, 2015
  • I have made only simple bags but these patterns are gorgeous. I would love to dive in and step up my game and use the techniques discussed. Here’s hoping!

    —Linda on December 12, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of purses and a few bags but I would love to learn some better techniques.

    —Judith Martinez on December 12, 2015
  • I have been afraid to even start a bag. So afraid I would make a mess of it. I can sew a quilt but find it scary to start a bag. My niece has been trying to get me to make her one since she has fallen in love with these type of bags. This book would help alot with my fears of starting one. She would love it if she got one for Christmas from me.

    Valerie on December 12, 2015
  • I’m ready to try my hand at bag making and I love the sneak peak you gave!

    —Karen DH on December 12, 2015
  • Bag making has always been quite a mystery. These patterns sound fabulous to use.

    —Robbie on December 12, 2015
  • I love making handbags and weekender type bags. This book looks really interesting

    —NancyR on December 12, 2015
  • I am ready to give bag making a try!

    —Nancy Angerer on December 12, 2015
  • I’ve been really wanting to make myself a multi functional diaper bag back pack/messenger bag but haven’t been sure where to start. Your book would honesty be absolutely perfect!

    —Sage H on December 12, 2015
  • I have made a few bags and carry one every day. I do need to learn what would make them even more professional looking.

    —Linda Christianson on December 12, 2015
  • I’ve always shied away from making bags because they look hard to make but I think I’ll give them another try.

    —Rose Landon on December 13, 2015
  • I’ve made a few, but I’d like to try making higher level purses.

    —Linda Gagliano on December 13, 2015
  • I made one and I love it! I"ll be making many more!

    —Karrie Smith on December 13, 2015
  • I’ve made two simple handbags which I use a lot. I’d like to try something more complicated. This book looks great.

    —Maureen Rawson on December 13, 2015
  • I made on boho style bag and lots of tote and zipper pouches. I am ready to move on to something a little more sophisticated!

    Debby on December 13, 2015
  • These look much more professional than the bag that I made for my daughter and she received many compliments on it. I would love to win this book!

    —Mary on December 13, 2015
  • I have made several handbags, a few quite structured and others not. The bags in this book look wonderful!

    —Carol Kussart on December 14, 2015
  • I’m ready to give it a try!

    —Elaine on December 14, 2015
  • I made a few bags back when I was in high school (during the dark ages). I haven’t made any since then, but would love to win this book and start again.

    —Susan on December 14, 2015
  • I have made easy tote bags but would like to give handbags a try!

    —Barb K/ on December 14, 2015
  • Have made a few,but none so professional looking. Would love to win the book.

    —Rivka Hamdani on December 14, 2015
  • ready to give bag making a go – because I LOVE bags!

    —Carmen N on December 15, 2015
  • Made a few and I’m always inspired by Sara’s bags. She definitely creates the professional-looking bag I aspire to.

    —Cheryl B on December 15, 2015
  • I’ve made a few bags over the years. The Festival bag looks like something I’d like to make.

    —Cindy on December 15, 2015
  • I started making bags this summer but am still a beginner in terms of techniques. I would love to check out this book to continue learning!

    —Heather on December 16, 2015

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