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About the Author

A regular exhibitor at spring and fall Quilt Markets as Serendipity Studio, Kay Whitt has been designing and selling patterns for the past 10 years. Her bestselling Sew Serendipity was published by Krause Publications in July 2010. She lives in Grand Prairie, TX. Visit her website at www.sewserendipity.com and her blog at sewserendipity.blogspot.com.
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Spi edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440214158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440214158
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I was very happy with Kay's first book, Sew Serendipity. I really appreciated the projects, and how thoughtful and thorough she was in explaining and drawing all instructions. It's definitely my favorite project-based sewing book.

I just received Sew Serendipity bags and felt a bit uncomfortable perusing it. You still get a lot of projects, explanations and illustrations detailing them. However, there are very few pictures of the finished bags.

A bag is not a garment. If you see one or two pictures of a skirt or a blouse, you will get a very good idea of what they are all about.

The same is not true for a bag. You want to see the front, yes, but I'd also like to see what it looks like inside, how the divisions are, how it looks from the side... It's difficult for me to cut fabric to prepare something I'm not exactly sure what will look like in the end.

I still recommend getting the book. Kay's designs are great, and she's amazing at explaining how to do it. However, it would be great if a next edition could have more pictures.
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I love this book...it fulfills all of my basic sewing book requirements and goes well beyond.
It contains projects I want to make..in fact, I want them all!
The book has clear instructions AND clear diagrams for completing the projects. There is a diagram in the intro dealing with making adjustable straps that made me say, "Thank you!" when I saw it!
Beyond the Introduction are sections titled, "Simple Bags" (4, with multiple variation ideas/directions), "Intermediate Bags" (5 bags with many variations), and "Challenging Bags" (3 -- convertible backpack, multiple-tasker bag, and a great laptop messenger bag.)

The photographs are bright, colorful, and inspiring.

The first bag I want to make is the Lunch Bucket Tote. As I make it I will appreciate the spiral binding that allows the book to lie open as I consult it while working.

With this book in your possession you really will be inspired and empowered to create some new cherished bags!
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This book is like "WOW". Kay Whitt makes it so easy to create your own bags/purses. She has many photos on the techniques and then has hand drawn pitures at most the steps for the project. I have made one, the Tulip bag, and it was very easy to complete by following the steps. I am half way done with the purse on the cover. She uses very unique techniques to create the ruffles. (At least to me). If you follow her directions you will have a complete project finished to a professional standard. Your friends and family will not believe how crafty you can be! Be careful showing them, you may be required to create one for your friends and family!! I know I had to!Sew Serendipity Bags: Fresh and Pretty Projects to Sew and LoveYou may find yourself buying more patterns from her because she writes the directions so concise and complete! Everyone will think you are a master seamstress, not just an average crafter.
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The illustrations are helpful, but some techniques are not completely explained. At several points I had to figure out what to do on my own. Also, some projects seem like they could be made in fewer steps. The bag I made required binding, which could have been avoided by sewing then turning the bag. The width of the fabric for the binding was too little for the thickness of the fabric and interfacing as well.

That said, if you can get through the directions, you will end up with professional looking and sturdy results.
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Having already owned Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Sew Serendipity Bags. I was not disappointed. The book is filled with so many projects, of varying skill levels and tastes, there's bound to be several that you'll want to make. Personally I'd like to make them all, even the diaper bag and my kids are teenagers! It's just too cute. The pictures and illustrations are beautiful. I've just finished the Ruffle Hobo Bag shown the front cover and it turned out fantastic! I'm a seasoned seamstress and have made many, many bags. I found the Ruffle Hobo, listed in Intermediate Bags, to be just that - not a beginner's project, but definitely do-able if you've got some sewing experience under your belt. Next up a Cross Body Purse or maybe the Lunch Bucket Bag or perhaps the Laptop Messenger Bag... how is a girl to decide??? Love this book!
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Yes the bags look amazing. But so many problems with the instructions! Some bags forget to tell you to cut out a piece, or don't have you iron on
the interfacing. Some instructions tell you on the pattern to cut two peltex pieces for the bag sides but forgets to tell you, you will be needing 35 inches X 4 inches from a one yard piece that you just cut two sides out on, beware it doesn't tell you this until page 4 of the instructions. I've been sewing bags from this book with several friends and everyone has been frustrated. We are all experienced with sewing purses.
If you love the bags be warned, some real proofing was needed on this book. I have been underlining and highlighting and still can't get all the pieces correct on the latest bag. (Can you tell I'm in the middle of a bag now & very unhappy?) You will have to make up for the problems you encounter and you will most likely get a bag you like because they are so cute, if you can stand the poor arrangement of info.

May I suggest 'Bags with style' by Stephanie Kimura and 'Handmade Embroidered bags' by Jenny Rolfe. Both books are well arranged and fun to sew from.
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