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Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags Hardcover-spiral – August 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Spi edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866699
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy Butler designs fabrics, home accessories, sewing patterns, and stationery goods. The author of Little Stitches for Little Ones and In Stitches, she works from Granville, Ohio, and distributes her products globally.

David Butler is a photographer and founder of Art of the Midwest, a multidisciplinary design studio in Granville, Ohio.

More About the Author

"Utility can be beautiful. Comfy can be stylish. Organization is healthy. Handmade is best!" --Amy ButlerAmy Butler is an artist/designer who has become well-known for her lavish and sophisticated take on vintage-modern fabrics. She designs and globally distributes multiple fabric lines, stationery, sewing patterns, handbags, home décor accessories, and scrapbook materials. Her work has been seen in various books, magazines, and television shows. She also designs fabrics for licensed manufacturers in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. Amy has produced and written lifestyle and décor stories for Country Living Magazine since 1998. She co-manages Art of the Midwest Studio in central Ohio.

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Customer Reviews

I am excited and cannot wait to start on the first bag in the book.
holly hurst
This book has cute bags, but the print is very small and a light grey color, making it hard to read.
galleylama
The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the pictures are beautiful.
B. Gossett

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196 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Jessie T. on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Amy Butler's Style Stitches is full of lovely pictures of bags in her gorgeous fabrics and contains full-size patterns with instructions to make the bags. Be aware that when the subtitle says "12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags," it means that there are 12 different styles of bags with variations to make 26 bags. However, these variations are, more often than not, simply an extension of the straps to go from handbag to shoulder bag. The variations are NOT going to give you 26 different-looking bags.

As with any sewing book, it depends on your expectations and how much you like the look of the projects as to whether you feel you've gotten your money from it. I feel that any sewer would like at least 3 of these bags well enough to want to make them, so that puts them at approximately $6 per pattern - cheaper than what you'll pay for single Amy Butler patterns.

None of these patterns are exact ones you've seen before from Amy, though a handful are styles you've seen somewhere. The Take Flight Handbag, for instance, looks like a smaller Weekender Bag. A definite asset, in my opinion. The book features a shopper's bag (tote), "Origami Bag Set" - various sized smaller zippered bags (i.e. cosmetic-type bags), a checkbook cover, clutch, coin purse, wristlet, the aforementioned travel/flight bag, and five shoulder/handbags.

This is a gorgeous book and one that I'm happy to own. I admit, that I was a little disappointed when I looked through it the first time - largely because I had misunderstood the subtitle and thought I'd be getting more patterns - but now that I've spent a little more time examining it and the patterns therein, I've got three solid patterns on my radar and am eager to get started.
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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Length: 5:41 Mins
You will need sewing skills for this book, not a beginner's book. Most of the bags are "intermediate" to "experienced" level, with only 3 being "easy".

If you are a fan of Amy Butler, then you will like this book - I did!

XOXO-
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By BOOK REVIEW VINE VOICE on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I think Amy B. has been spending too much time looking at what other people have been doing in the handmade handbag category because so many of the designs and embellishments are knock offs from other designs out there (the accordian fold purse, the vintage brooch embellishment, the lady bug purse, the wallet, even the signature multiple colored zipper image which Purl Soho has been using in their ads for years). The "origami" minis don't even need a pattern, and many of the pattern"s" are larger vs. smaller versions of a single design. I am giving this book a 3 star rating for the two designs in there that I thought were up to what we would expect from Amy Butler. I also only give the book a 3 star because the instructions are not user friendly.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hardy on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I've been a big fan of Amy Butler fabrics and some of the patterns for a long time. Unfortunately, that love is lost on this book. I am a very experienced seamstress, but found many of the patterns to be poorly designed to the point that many are just unusable. The fringed hobo, for instance, has a method of construction that is so insanely difficult in the finishing stages that I'd rather abandon it than give myself a temper tantrum trying to finish it. The real issue is that you spend SO much money in the supplies for just one bag and it proves to be a huge waste in the end. I hope she sticks with perfecting single patterns in the future, instead of hastily compiling many poorly designed patterns in one book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I really like Amy Butler's general mid-century modern look and this book does not disappoint. AB Style Stitches illustrates why her style is fresh and fun. I will agree with other reviewers that some of the styles have been "seen" before. However, the books is still a value, considering that most of Amy's sewing patterns run about $12 a piece in fabric shops. of course, using Amy's fabric really makes some of the projects come alive, but I felt they were versitile enough for other fabric lines.

I am a fairly experienced seamstress and agree that these patterns are better suited to those who have a few projects under their belts. However, anyone with a little adventurous spirit will do just fine. Her patterns are very detailed and thorough. I will admit that many times I'd ask "now why is she doing it that way?" If I simply let go and follow the pattern (instead of trying to figure it out) I do much better... trust the pattern. Trust Amy, she knows what she's doing.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By galleylama on January 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book has cute bags, but the print is very small and a light grey color, making it hard to read. The content would really pop if printed in black at the very least. I understand using small type to make it a more compact book, but when directions are involved, I would like to be able to read it easily, not squint and stare.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Stern on March 29, 2011
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This book has beautiful photography and a sophisticated design, and as such would make a lovely coffee table book. The patterns are quite doable for sewers of different levels, and the written instructions are clear; however, if you expect to be able to actually read any of the information, please use a heavy duty magnifying glass.

The font size is not only smaller than normal for reading it is also printed in the palest colors of ink making it virtually impossible for someone like me with 20/15 eyesight to read the information. I highlighted a sentence in the beginning of the book to see if this would help and it did slightly. I will try and copy some of the instructions on my copy machine and see if I can increase the font size and improve the print to paper contrast but for the price of this book I shouldn't have to go to so much work. If I did not already highlight this one area I would have returned the book. Sorry Amy B!
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