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.
I found the instructions to be very easy to follow.
I was impressed with the wide array of projects on this book, and there are many I plan on making (laptop case, messenger bag, and craft apron in particular).
As an advanced beginner sewer (yes, I made that classification up), I am confident that I can complete every project in the book with reasonable success.
I can't wait to sit down and start making some of these cute bags.I have a mountain of fabric to choose from, now if I could only figure out how to add more hours to the day.Published 8 months ago by Serena Axel
I really enjoyed looking and getting the juices flowing to start sewing again! A nice variety of things to make and they all seem rather easy and with good instructions. Read morePublished 21 months ago by lorabella
I have actually put together quite a few of the projects in this book. The projects are simple and have simple instructions with very helpful pictures.Published 23 months ago by Emily Brown
There are tons of ideas in here - enough to keep my wife busy for months. She loves the new handmade.Published on January 26, 2013 by Joe Santucci
I LOVE this book! I have been teaching myself to sew over the past year, and this is the book I return to over and over again. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Cassandra C.
I loved this fun, fresh book with its wide variety of projects. Cassie Barden includes 23 patterns for purses and totes, bags and covers, as well as kitchen items. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Kim Jamieson-Hirst
This book has lots of ideas to inspire me to get out my sewing machine. I like that there are detailed instructions and illustrations, along with photos, and at the same time the... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Books and Chocolate
Received this book quite quickly. Haven't sewn anything yet but it seems to be a nice book with a number of cute ideas. Some I won't use but found a couple that I will for sure. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Suki
This is the classic example of an overrated book. Based on the great reviews, I purchased it for my sister for Xmas, and when I opened the package, my heart sank. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by A reader