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Friday, April 11, 2014

An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design: The Better Bag Maker

While anytime of the year is perfect for a new bag, I'm always inspired to find a new "go to" bag pre-travel season.  Of course, I also love to find great bag designs to make for gifts throughout the year, especially the holidays. And, I've also found goodsize handmade bags to also make for excellent auction/raffle items at fundraisers (filled with goodies or stand alone).  Needless to say, I was excited to see a new book published on bags and wanted to share insights with you about it today. 

The Better Bag Maker 

An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design: The Better Bag Maker, by Nicole Mallealieu and published by C&T Publishing is packed with amazing tips and information to help sewing enthusiasts of all levels make spectacular bags.

The Better Bag Maker

Chapters are organized as:
Tools and Materials 
Key Skills
Basic Bag Making Techniques
Basic Bag
The Projects
There are ten different unique projects in this book, all based off of one core design.  The instructions are easy to follow and have great visuals.  Each project is also categorized by skill level (e.g. beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, confident). 

The Better Bag Maker

SewCalGal can confidently recommend this book for anyone interested in learning to make a bag, as well as those that may have made a bag or tote previously, but would like to learn more. 

The Better Bag Maker

If you are going to purchase just one book on making bags, this should be it.  It is comprehensive for all techniques required to make spectacular bags from zippers, handles, pockets, lining and more.  This should also be a "must have" for any teacher that facilitates classes on making bags or totes.  No doubt about it, with this book you'll definitely be a Better Bag Maker!


The Better Bag Maker

This book will officially be published April 21st 2014 and will soon be appearing in your local quilt shops and favorite online stores soon.  But you can also let your favorite shops know you are interested in having them offer this book in their store.  Of course, you can also order it from C&T Publishing on-line too!

The Better Bag Maker

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Mary Huey said...

Thanks for the heads-up -- I'll keep my eye open for it -- sounds good!

Dawn said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review.

Jacque said...

Wow, this one looks awesome....there are so many questions that I have, when constructing bags. This looks like a wonderful resource. Thanks for the review!

Jacque said...

I think blogger ate my first comment, so I will try again! :)
I have so many questions when I'm making bags, and this looks like an awesome resource! Thanks for a great review.

Barb said...

I have to admit it is kinda intimidating to try and make one of those, maybe the book would help???