Yes, apparently I am (sometime soonish) going to start making bags. At least, I seem to be moving in that direction if you take into account the fact that I’ve recently purchased zippers and printed out the pattern to make a Sew Together bag. And then there is this book! Sigh!
Today we are looking at Windy City Bags: 12 Handbags and Totes Sewn with Structure and Style by Sara Lawson. The link below is indeed an Amazon Affiliate link which will help support this blog.
I’m not sure how I got sucked into purchasing this book. I just looked at all the bag patterns included and pictures of the bags and I was hooked. Will I actually make many of these? I don’t know. You’ll have to stay tuned for that one. What I do know is that the directions in this book seem thorough enough that even a bag beginner like I am could make one without tearing out my hair. The directions are very thorough and well illustrated. And somehow encouraging. I can’t explain it. Don’t ask. That’s just how they made me feel when I read them.
The book begins with a basic introduction. Then come the bags and their instructions. There are 12 bags, as mentioned in the title, and they vary from a small handbag to a laptop backpack. (If I had to guess, I think I’d make Copilot first. But I make no guarantees. That’s just my first guess.) There are Sara Says tips and helpful extra tips with an * in front of them scattered throughout the bag instructions in strategic and appropriate spots.
Following the bag instructions come some sections on Bag Interfacing, Bag-Making Techniques, and Choosing Fabric. These are followed by Resources, Acknowledgments, and About the Author.
And there is your Books on Monday review!