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Sewing stylish handbags & totes.

by Choly Knight

CREATING YOUR OWN handbags provides limitless options for expressing your personal style. With the multitude of fabncs, patterns, tutorials and hardware available, rfs easy to get overwhelmed and want to stay in your sewing comfort zone. However, Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes by Choly Knight provides a great jumping-off point for the addictive hobby of handbag sewing, taking you far beyond the basic quilting-cotton tote bag. Knight explains how to select handbag materials, from faux suede to fleece to silk brocade, providing recommendations and warnings for each type. Next, she delves into the world of hardware, highlighting buckles, grommets and zippers to give your handmade handbag professional polish. The material and technique overviews are written for sewing newbies, but they might inspire you to try out an intimidating fabric or incorporate a new notion. Perhaps the biggest selling point of the book is the impressive number of projects-more than 50 bags of every shape and size to choose from-along with the full-size paper patterns. Whether you want to make a handy duffel bag for your next getaway, a quirky reversible creature backpack for your granddaughter or a pretty pleated silk dutch for a date, you'll find what you're looking for, often accompanied by multiple ideas for customizing or altenng the pattern. The large and easy-to-follow photo how-tos are yet another bonus as you stitch your way to handbag heaven,

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Author:Knight, Choly
Publication:Sew News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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