Books on Monday – Big City Bags

Welcome back to Books on Monday. This week we are looking at a book that has been around for a while – Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication by Sara Lawson. This book has been around for awhile and I reviewed her later book Windy City Bags but my sister gave me this book for my birthday, so I thought I’d just mention it this week. And, yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which helps to support this blog. The first is a link to the paperback version, the second for the Kindle version.


And here is where I really cop out. I seriously began this post planning to do a thorough review of this book, but when I looked up my review of Windy City Bags to link it to this post, I saw the comment from Jaye at the Artquiltmaker Blog with a link to her review of this book. I made the mistake of re-reading it and realized that there was not way I was going to add anything meaningful to her review. So, in a real copout move, here is a link to her review. Let me just say, I agree.

And apparently I am hoping to start making a few bags. I just haven’t started yet.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Windy City Bags

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!

Quilt on!