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Product Details

  • Series: Design Collective
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607050048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607050049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bags, bags, bags, can a girl ever have too many bags? Lunch Bags! Offers more than just lunch bags. Within this little book you will find 25 handmade sacks and wraps to sew using quick and basic sewing techniques. In addition to charming lunch bags you will also find instructions to create several different sandwich wraps that will go a long way to-ward keeping plastic wrap out of the landfills. I will be making the Bicycle Lunch Bag which has handles that are designed to go over your bike's handlebars repositioned to be used as a carrying handle once you reach your destination. Each bag comes with it's own sewing instructions and in the back of the book you will find instructions for two different methods of corner construction. (The Applique Society, 11/01/2010 )

You'll never use a brown paper bag again once you've taken a peak at the dozens of creative lunch-toting options presented in this book. Whether you're looking to create a basic lunch sack, an eco-friendly sandwich wrap, or a picnic-sized tote, you'll find what you're looking for. Materials range from cotton fabric to denim, lace, and even plastic juice pouches. Nifty details like water bottle holders make these bags the perfect combination of adorable and functional, ideal for toting everything from wine bottles to bento boxes. What better way to combine your love of sewing, good food, and a green lifestyle? (International Quilt Festival, 12/10 )

Customer Reviews

The directions are clear and easy to follow.
Catherine E. Flanagan
These bags are great to make, great to use, and great for gifts too.
Amyred
This book has many really neat patterns in it.
Peepaw

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By SewBusy on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book based on the mainly positive reviews, as well as the "look inside" that gave me an idea what was to be found in the book. Now that I have made a couple of the bags I want to give those considering purchasing this book a heads-up. I have been sewing for over 50 years, everything from home dec and crafts to garments of all sorts, including fine heirloom clothing for children, so I am quite qualified to say that this is the most unprofessional sewing resource I have ever used. It seems like a group of crafters got together and decided to publish a book; apparently there was no quality control or checking of the projects before publication. I gave this book one star because I have only tried two of the projects and perhaps the remainder are perfectly fine but of the two I worked with one was absolutely horrible. An experienced sewer can figure out the problems; anyone else will probably waste a lot of time and money. I purchased the book to make lunchbags for my granddaughters; one selected the bag on the cover called "Keep Your Lunch Cool Bag". At first glance it looked simple enough but something just didn't seem right. As I tried to follow along I realized just about everything was wrong (including pieces that needed to be cut, placement of the inside pocket, directions for construction). I can't even fathom what was going through this designer's head but to be fair the problem could have been with whomever was responsible for getting the project down on paper for publication. Since I had already cut pieces A and B, I utilized those and made the bag based on my own knowledge of how it should go together. (Piece C wasn't even needed, by the way.) With regard to the second bag (pg.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By angellover on August 28, 2010
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This is truly a unique book. I have not found ANY others like it. I like the variety of bags displayed. The instructions are clear and precise, with photos of each finished design. I've already made four bags from the collection, all with much success! Thanks to the vendor who made sure my book got to me in a safe and timely fashion...:)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ellen J. Donisi on August 3, 2010
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This book is full of adorable, practical designs for handmade lunch bags and sandwich wraps. I've only made one bag so far but the one I made was easy, well built, sturdy and very attractive! Each bag was created by a different designer so no two are alike in any way and all are very fashionable. You could even add machine embroidery or applique to them before you sew them up. I already have fabric and notions for two more bags ready to go. These would make great gifts. I highly recommend this book. BTW... don't miss the cute bag made like a pig in overalls!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moe Lestor on March 20, 2012
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The book has several cute concepts and ideas, for shape/design/fabric, etc. I would have preferred something in a more detailed tutorial style. I am a fairly new sewer, and can follow instructions, but seeing each step is a preferred method for me. The book itself has plenty of instruction, but I personally prefer a tutorial with pictures for each step. Bottom line: for newer sewers, this had good ideas, but find tutorials online that will show you each step.

Pros - very good ideas, seems detailed and well written
Cons - not in a simple clear tutorial style, just written instructions, so newer sewers may have trouble without pictures included for each step.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amyred on June 10, 2011
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I'm always looking for new ways to use small leftover fabric pieces. I absolutely love this book. So many nice things, and so far, I've made three--but there will be more. I've made The Rita May, the Bicycle Lunch Bag (given to a cycling friend) and the Hobo Cinch (a little bigger than most of the rest in the book.) I also used only fabrics and scraps from my stash, although I did have to buy supplies I didn't already have (buttons, straps, etc.) So it's not only fun to make these little things, it's useful, and it's recycling/re-purposing fabric too.

Be forewarned that many of these products call for something called Insul-Fleece, C&T Publishing Insul-Fleece Metalized Mylar Insulated Interfacing-27"X45" 1/Pkg; 2 Items/Order which is something I'd never heard of. It's available on Amazon as well as C&T Publishing's site, but I have since discovered that my local Hancock Fabrics now carries it. Not a bad thing, and it's not grossly expensive ($6.99/yd at Hancock's) but that is what they use for insulation.

These bags are great to make, great to use, and great for gifts too. What a fantastic book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on January 2, 2011
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I am trying to get away from plastic wrap use because it uses oil and they are thrown away after each use. This book has sandwich wraps that are easy to make and very useful. My daughter and I made 6 of them over the holiday.. the family members who got them wanted a couple more each to give as gifts :-) Nice use of materials and a great way to stop using plastic wrap. good book easy to use easy to sew.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Keyes on January 4, 2012
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First of all, I bought the Kindle edition so I want to address that since I thought it might be weird to buy the Kindle edition of a sewing book. But really, it's not an issue at all. I don't even own a Kindle device, but I opened it on my computer and iPhone and was able to refer easily to the instructions as needed. Also, there is a link to the patterns online so it's easy to print them off. Certainly, it's more convenient that photo--copying from a book. It would probably be a little easier to browse and flip between patterns in a hard copy but it's definitely a viable option. As far as the book itself:

Pros:
Different authors: It's fun having patterns made by different people, since they think and construct things in different ways.
Variety: There's a surprising amount of variety in the book, given that they are all lunch-bag related patterns. Several are a basic sack construction, but they are made using different techniques which allows you to choose the best or to combine techniques to get the perfect bag for you. Plus, there's a cute felt food lunch pattern (which I already own) which is kind of a fun bonus if you have any kids in your life that might enjoy receiving some play food. The banana is quite popular in my house.

Cons:
Different authors: I'm not certain how the contributors were chosen but I had the impression that they were simply people who created their own patterns and sold the finished items successfully online, not necessarily people who have sold PATTERNS successfully in the past. The instructions remind me of the way I would write instructions, somewhat awkwardly listing the exact steps they use. For many of the patterns I had to read them through a few times before the light came on and I realized what the author was trying to say.
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