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A Bag for All Reasons: 12 all-new bags and purses to sew for every occasion Spiral-bound – May 29, 2012


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; Spi edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446301850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446301852
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Without Lisa Lam, I would never have learned to install a flush zip pocket. She not only knows bag construction inside and out, she has a gift of being able to explain complex sewing processes in simple, friendly language." - Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod.com

"Lisa's website u-handbag.com is the ultimate knowledge base for making well designed bags, her instructions are thorough and clear. A Bag For All Reasons is a useful extension of her website - it is as an excellent resource for all your purse making needs." - Kathreen Ricketson: whipup.net founder & author of Little Bits Quilting Bee

"Lisa has created another, spirited collection of gorgeous bags that are fashionable with an added higher purpose of being incredibly useful! This information rich book will elevate your sewing know how with versatile techniques and inspiring suggestions for making these bags your own." - Amy Butler, author of "Style Stitches"

"Thank you Lisa for bringing such lovely style to our bag making world!" --Amy Butler

"A must have for beginners and experienced bag-makers alike." --Anna Stassen, UK Handmade

"Lisa is the first lady of handmade bag patterns." --Perri Lewis, craft journalist and author

"It is an excellent resource for all your bag and purse making needs." --Kathreen Ricketson: whipup.net and author

"This information-rich book will elevate your sewing know-how with versatile techniques and inspiring suggestions for making these bags your own." --Amy Butler, fabric designer

"Lisa does a great job of explaining each step." --Twin Fibers

"[A Bag for All Reasons] is beautifully made...love that it's spiral bound allowing the book to lay flat!" --Jessica at Funky Finds blog

"Lisa's instructions are well written and in a way that feel like she's talking to me one-on-one giving me personal instruction." --Monica at Happy Zombie

"The range of bags is perfect for everyday or special occasions" --Sew Mama Sew

"I really like this book...pull-out patterns: awesome...lays flat when you're working: awesome...all the projects in the book (there are 12) are all really cute and functional and not too intimidating." --Kira at Oops, I Craft My Pants

"[Lisa is] chock-full of bag sewing tips." --Judy at This Creative Journey

"The Bag Making Bible and A Bag for All Reasons...are full of information on everything you'll ever need to know to make any kind of bag." --Heather from Olive & Ollie

"I am the biggest fangirl of Lisa and credit her for my bag-making fearlessness." --Jodi of Sew Fearless

About the Author

Lisa Lam is has a very successful website, uhandbag.com, which has successfully sold handbag findings and kits since 2005. This unique site, through which Lisa showcases her passion and speciality to the world, has become a valuable source for advice. The author, who lives in the UK, also has a popular blog and has developed an engaged social media community across several platforms. Find her under 'U-Handbag' on Twitter and Facebook.

More About the Author

Lisa Lam successfully combines her love of sewing with her work in her busy online store http://www.u-handbag.com She stocks purse making supplies, her own sewing patterns and kits. Lisa also regularly contributes to sewing magazines and writes in her craft blog http://u-handbag.typepad.com Her first book is "The Bag Making Bible".

Lisa was born in the UK to parents for whom DIY was a way of life. As a child she loved experimenting with her Mother's huge 70s fabric stash. Fun school holidays were spent sewing up Sindy Doll dresses or crafting brum-brum cars out of big cardboard boxes. Now Lisa has grown-up nothing has really changed except she now has her own (out-of-control) fabric stash.

Not only is she passionate about making bags and sewing in general she is passionate about sharing her sewing knowledge. "Thanks to my Mum, sewing and craft is what I do. Because it's fun and it makes me so happy I can't imagine life without it. Give it try and I'm sure you'll be hooked!" Lisa lives in Brighton, UK.

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My book is laid out like a binder, spiral-bound, and has pull out pattern pages in the back.
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There are 12 projects in this book and all of them are winners--bags that I want to own, will try to make, and know others would like me to make for them!
S. MacDonald
The author is great at easy to follow instructions and the pictures of some processes really helps!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. MacDonald on May 15, 2012
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I just finished my first perusal of Lisa Lam's new book. As with her previous book, The Bag Making Bible, this book is inspiring and gives clear instructions to construct bags with professional touches.

I have been wondering lately how to make a bag with a concealed top-edge zip--and BAM, right there on page 24 is exactly what I need to get going!

There are 12 projects in this book and all of them are winners--bags that I want to own, will try to make, and know others would like me to make for them! The first project could be the Train-Style Vanity Case, which both my daughter and I would like to have.
I love the laundry bag that has a divider for hot and cold wash clothing. Also, the wallet is great--has space for coins and is designed so the cards won't slip out of the wallet.

The descriptions and generous use of photographs make this bag a solid reference tool and also a spring board for many projects!

If you like bags and you like to sew--whether you are a beginning sewist or have been sewing for years,this book will delight you!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By yellow menace on June 11, 2012
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If it's any qualification, I have Lisa's first book and completed all but two of the projects listed. So it was with great interest I saw a followup title release. I wish Amazon let us do half star reviews, this would be 3.5 stars. These are my condensed thoughts:

Pros:
- The layout, thank you for making it spiral bound this time! The presentation of information is concepts first, patterns second. I am neutral on this, further comments under Cons.

- The patterns are now printed in such a way that you can cut out the pieces, not overlapped like the first book. The paper is also pleasantly not flimsy so it appears the pieces can endure some level of wear.

- Some better clarification of techniques/concepts. When I did the messenger bag in her first book I gave myself brain damage trying to figure out how the adjustable strap worked. This is an instance in which step by step illustration would've really helped. Even though I figured it out it was the opposite way of which she instructed. This time around a few of the techniques have much better pics to help clearly define the text direction.

- Two of the patterns are dreamy and are on the top of my list to make (the new version of messenger bag and what's called a diaper bag but that can be just a regular bag). These styles are what she's known and greatly appreciated for worldwide. She creates high quality looking items with DYI moxy.

Cons:
- I understand these kind of books are forced to limit the amount/length of information that appears for printing purposes. The concepts pages are taken from her first book. This is both smart and obnoxious. It's smart because resources can be allocated to other things like new patterns and a few new photographs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Clare on June 1, 2012
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This new book from Lisa Lam is even more exceptional than the first! The new bags are such eye candy and my little sewing heart CANNOT WAIT to start making all the new goodies! It makes me want to quit my job and stay home all day to sew.

For those of you who said it was just a rehash of the first book, you need to specify that you are refering specifially to the techniques. Of course they are the same, because Lisa was so thorough in her first book, she didn't leave any awesome techniques out, so it would make sense that she would put them in her new book too. But anybody flipping through "A Bag For All Reasons" can clealy see that each bag is a brand spanking new awesome design that just cries out to be created.

This book is a true gem and is definitely one any bag-making addict needs! Thank you, Lisa for continuing to show us how to create yummy looking and very functional bags!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Liz dede on June 14, 2013
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I had read the reviews on both Lisa Lams books, this one and her first one, The Bag making Bible. From the reviews I gathered that the information in the two books are basically the same, they just feature different styles of bags. But it was mentioned that this book has the advantage that the patterns are separate & don't overlap and the book is spiral bound making it easier to use when sewing. For those reasons I decided to order this book. But when I got it and looked through it, I realized there was not a single bag in this book that I would want to make.

I mean, c'mon, a Shopping Tote and a laundry bag? You can buy a tote bag in practically every store you walk into for cheaper than you can make one and do you really need a pattern to make a laundry bag? Then there is the toddler back pack, a convertible back pack, a diaper bag, a make-up bag, and a double bike bag. These are just not anything I would be interested in spending my time making. I want ideas for a functional, attractive purse to carry every day. And this book just didn't have any, in my opinion.
So I returned this book and ordered the Bag Making Bible. It had even more information and better bag designs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori on June 1, 2012
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I love this book! I own Lisa's previous book, "The Bag Making Bible," and I couldn't wait for this new one to release. I was not disappointed. The quality of this book is wonderful! I could set it out as a coffee table book it is so pretty and well-made. (However, you would have to pry it out of my sewing studio first, which would be a hard feat!)

The new patterns are fabulous and easy to follow. My favorites are the Train-Style Vanity Case, the Too Cool For School Satchel, and the Toddler Friendly Backpack (which will be perfect for my two boys.) I want to make ALL of these chic bags! Lisa also has included a version of the techniques section from her first book that I use every time I make a handbag. I'm so thankful she did! Thank you Lisa for sharing with us your handbag-making goodness. Wonderful book!
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