Looking for something?
Never miss a post!
Topicsbooks craft projects dressform dressmaking embroidery fabric finished objects 2010 finished projects 2011 finished projects 2012 finished projects 2013 finished projects 2014 finished projects 2015 finished projects 2016 finished projects 2017 finished projects 2018 finished projects 2019 fitting giveaways handknitted socks hand knitting handmade wardrobe house and garden in the sewing room japanese sewing books kcw - spring 2013 kcwc - fall 2012 knitting knitting for men knitting my stash life in a Northern town made by ma! my family and other animals patterns quilting reviews sewing goals 2019 sewing my own clothes sewover50 sewwhatyouwear shopping stash goals 2019 stash stories that bloody wedding! travelling yarn
Occasionally I’ll include affiliate links in my posts. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you! As you’d expect, I only recommend goods or services that I think are awesome and worth sharing.
Tag Archives: bag making
The lovely guys at Tuttle Publishing have kindly sent me a selection of their new titles, and, as I’ve been very tardy with reviewing them, I thought I’d get to it, without further ado, and start with Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics by Emiko Takahasi.
This is such a deceptive little book. There are the usual suspects in terms of some simple totes and wee bags that would make lovely knitting project bags.
There are a clutch (see what I did there!) of really splendid designs that make the book well worth the modest cover price of £6.99 ($9.99).
The checkout basket bag is one. Such an innovative and cool design that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Which is pretty unusual when it comes to bag designs, lets be honest.
This Tote Bag with Gusset, which, whilst not as innovative, is a really good shape in different sizes that, in the right fabric, including leather, would look very hip and expensive.
I also love the picnic tote, which is my favourite shape in a tote bag, and which are invariably ridiculously overpriced in the trendy middle-class-mum stores. This would look amazing in a striped ticking with leather handles.
Finally, the vase shaped bag. Whilst a bit twee for adults, this would be a perfect gift for tweenage girls, particularly with a few lip balms or mini stationery thrown in for good measure. They’re a great way of busting through fabric scraps. Or for whizzing up when you get roped into making stuff for the school or church fête!
Would I recommend this book. Yes indeedy! It’s got useful patterns that will not only be good for you to make up for yourself, but will also get you out of a bind, without too much stress and faff, should you need a gift or two. The instructions are simple and clear, and you can easily add more detail, linings, inner pockets, etc., without testing the “leetle grey cells” too much.
Disclaimer: Tuttle Publishing kindly supplied this book free of charge. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are my own and unbiased. I would happily spend my own money to buy this book.