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Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing:
Hand-stitching, including French knot stitch and daisy stitch
Lining and drawstring casing
Corners, edges and straps
Simple flourishes such as embroidery, applique and more
Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi's expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.
25 Sewing patterns include:
Sacks and carryalls
Emiko Takahashi is a graduate of the Bunka School of Fashion. Her fabric collection Emiko Takahashi Fabric Harmony is popular in Japan for its soft colors and elegant prints.