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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564778770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564778772
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cassie Barden has been involved in making art her whole life, from cartooning, filmmaking, and painting to making odd stuffed animals and creating costumes for Burning Man and Halloween. An interest in both sewing and fashion inspired her to start creating her own one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that appeal to both her utilitarian and style-conscious natures. When she's not sewing, Cassie enjoys two Seattle institutions: live music and drinking coffee. Cassie is inspired by contemporary art and design, anything retro or old-fashioned, and Seattle's urban culture.


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The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
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I loved this fun, fresh book with its wide variety of projects.
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Cassie Barden's book, The New Handmade, is the exception.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. MacDonald on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adore this book. I like to take it out to just look through it repeatedly--it inspires me and puts me in a good mood! I made the little field bag and want to make more! The projects have great pictures and clear instructions. The fabrics used are inspiring, but the projects are cool enough to be desireable in regular fabrics (not just awesome Japanese prints!) I also like the way the patterns do not need to be enlarged. In the instructions, the cutting measurements are also assigned a label, so I know which piece will BE what and can choose my fabrics accordingly.
If you like to sew gifts or just stuff for yourself, you will be very pleased with this book!
I have also made several large market bags with vinyl lining to give as gifts. I really appreciate the accurate instructions and useful illustrations. The projects are fairly simple, really useful and will appeal to a variety of people with varying skill levels.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By booktrout on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been on a bag sewing binge, and have been buying a number of popular current books on the topic. HANDS DOWN this is the very best of the books currently available. Instructions are superb with illustrations that make sense, the examples shown are gorgeous, and the styles range from small coin purses to more complex messenger bags that are easy to put together.

You know a book is good when you can just read along and understand the instructions without having the materials in front of you. Now I know bag construction from the ground up, and feel much more confident about my sewing skills (and I was fairly decent to begin with).

DON'T buy any other book before you buy this one. I can't recommend it enough.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Gauger on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Love, love, love! While the designs are young and fresh, they are easily made (and still look great with) more traditional fabrics and prints. I made the Bird-Watcher Messenger Bag out of a black corduroy with red cherries for my BFF for Christmas. It turned out beautifully! She gets compliments wherever she goes. I found the instructions to be very easy to follow. My only "objection" is that I don't know what to make next. I do know that I want to make several Market Bags and get a jump on next years' Christmas list.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. Blahnik on July 15, 2010
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I adore the projects listed in this book. A notebook cover with a place to put all of my pens and scrap pieces of paper? I'm sold! Only... this and Barden's other projects are at their best after a bit of tweaking. Her ideas are fabulous, but (like many craft books, I suppose) I've found that the projects really do take a bit of re-designing to make practical.

Take the composition notebook cover I mentioned before (and pictured above): great idea and a fantastic way to make use of lots of different pieces of fabric, but have you ever tried to close a notebook with pens tucked inside? Yeah, not so great. Re-design and put the pens and pockets on the outside cover and.. voila! Truly useful.

The bird-watcher messenger bag was another project that inspired this purchase. I love messenger bags and have always wanted to make one. But in reality? EVERYTHING falls out of the enormous main pocket! I'm not exactly swinging this around my head either. I was horrified to find that on a typical day out-and-about, my wallet fell out twice. And the strap is ridiculously long, but doesn't call for a notion to correct this.

Now, I'm being a bit harsh, especially having rated the book four stars, but I mention these things because I wasn't an experienced sewer when I bought the book so re-designing a project was a bit intimidating for me. That said, her reading list tote and grocery bag are fabulous. I've made several. The zippered kit bags.. I've made dozens as gifts of all sizes. I've made the iPod case and pretty crafty apron as gifts as well. As the sewing has proven, the projects are incredibly useful and invite your good taste in fabrics to help them shine.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Over 100 pages of useable everyday items such as shopping bags, cell phone holders, placemats, aprons and even a laptop cover, just to name a few. There are 23 projects in all.

I have read and reviewed many kinds of instruction books but this one is EXCEPTIONALLY well written. All the instructions are extremely clear and I didn't need to re-read them to follow what was being said. My one pet peeve is instructions that are hard to follow BUT NOT THESE! Five gold stars on well-written instructions!

Each project has a skill level and finished size. The materials and cutting lists are detailed and graphics are included to help explain the written word (not that it is necessary but it is an excellent added touch). A color photo of the finished project is provided.

Ms. Barden has her own web site and encourages the readers to post their projects for how and tell. What is the web site called? Why [...] of course! So, grab a copy of Ms. Barden's book, make up one or two of the items as she has shown or do what she suggests and add/change something as you sew and then go to her web site and show off your talents.
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