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The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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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I've been sewing for over ten years and know how to read a pattern. I feel that Lisa tried to compress her patterns to fit neatly into each page and did not give enough space to thoroughly explaining each step of the pattern:
a) instructions for each step are too brief
b) there are only photos for some steps; on steps without photos she leaves me confused
c) the photos are cropped to show only a small piece of the bag she is working on, so I cannot figure out which way the zipper/fabric/etc is supposed to be facing
The book is really two books in one. First, it's an excellent reference book that gives you all the details you need to construct your own bags, from basics like gussets, to more advanced techniques involving hardware. There are tips and tricks interspersed throughout the book, and I really learned a lot on the first read (and I've sew a lot of bags!).
The Bag Making Bible is also a project book with eight patterns to sew. The projects range from simple totes to complex projects such as a briefcase-type messenger. While eight projects isn't as many as you often see in sewing books, they're eight high-quality projects, and no filler like is so common in craft books. The photography of the process of bag-making is really helpful as well, especially when it comes to illustrating techniques related to unfamiliar hardware. One of the things that stands out to me, is that the author chose to make her sample projects in a variety of fabrics, rather than the quilting cotton that's so commonly used for all projects in sewing books--this really shows the diversity of looks you can achieve by making your own bags.
If I could improve two things about this book, I would change the binding to lay-flat spiral binding and alter the pattern sheets so they can be used without tracing. However, both of those design choices do keep the price of this excellent book lower, so they are small complaints greatly outweighed by the high-quality instruction in the Bag Making Bible.
Also found it difficult to read as the text is on glossy paper in gray text.
My biggest "pro" mark is for her breadth of knowledge. From pockets to lining to construction she covers all the basics and the next step. However, my biggest "con" is that in some explanations the information is completely lacking and/or poorly edited. My favorite example is how to insert a flush zipper pocket. She describes how to measure the width of the zipper opening as measuring the length of the teeth and then adding 1 cm. What? Another love/hate is the pattern inclusion. I can't decide if I like the compact layout (so you can enlarge/decrease size necessary) or if I hate it because it unfolds into a huge poster of pattern parts and I have to contend with creases.
I would still recommend this book as it's far more comprehensive than what you'd typically get but it would've been nice if instructions included were a bit more clarified. Many of the concepts are easy after you've gone through it once but some take a little bit of brain power, willingness to mess up, and some extra yardage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My mother do things in quilting, and asked me this product I hope you help photo.Published 1 month ago by Victor Mena
This is a great book for someone to use when making all sorts of bags. The directions are easy to follow. There are several patterns at the back of the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Hilsee
Difficult to use as it's not wire-bound. A wire-bound book would be more handy for this application to allow laying it flat on a table while reading and following the patterns,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Steger
Thank you for making this wonderful book! Its a really great reference for all sewists!Published 2 months ago by felicia mom to 4
I will try one of the bags in the book, not really what I thought it would be.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Olinger
Fantastic buy! I have learned sooooooo much from this book. The pictures really bring the creations to life & help in the learning process. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SWAN42