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Big-City Bags is Sara Lawson’s new book. You may know her from her blog, Sew Sweetness. I’ve been following her blog for several years and I can tell you, this girl makes pretty bags. I was so excited when I saw that she has a new book all about making bags!
In Big-City Bags, she gives you patterns and instructions to make 12 different styles of bags. She covers a wide range of styles and purposes in the bags she designed for this book. There are roomy bags for every day errand running, smaller bags for dressing up for special events, a chic and functional diaper bag, a school/work bag with a laptop sleeve, even a mini suitcase you can use to pack for a weekend trip. All have beautiful shaping and have the sorts of details you expect to find on nicer purses, things like zippered pockets, leather handles, and metal hardware.
Before she jumps into the bag projects, she devotes a chapter to interfacings and how-to’s for sewing in zippers and handles and feet and other details that make a bag special.
Then it’s on to the 12 bag patterns and projects. She rates all of the patterns as intermediate or advanced. My guess is that rating is based more on the number of steps required to make a bag rather than the complexity of the individual steps. Her instructions are easy to follow and clearly illustrated. She breaks the instructions down into manageable chunks.
Some of my favorite projects include:
This could very well be your go-to bag. The shape is simple and classic – a zippered, boxy bag with a rounded top and a pair of leather handles. It’s a great bag to show off a gorgeous fabric.
Bee Sweet Bag
At 11” x 14”, this is a roomy bag! It’s big enough to carry along favorite book, a small snack, or note taking gear, along with your other purse essentials. It has adjustable straps as well as a pair of leather handles, making it easy to carry over your shoulder or in your hands. The most striking detail is fold over flap with a couple of cutaway circles that fit around the handles.
Miss Independent Bag (page )
This bag is designed to take to work or school. The bag measures 16 ½ “ 11 ¾” and there’s also a padded laptop sleeve (fits laptops and tablets 13” or smaller) that you can slide inside. On the outside, a pair of gusseted pockets will hold a computer mouse, power cords, or other accessories.
Honeymooner Suitcase (page 79)
This is a small suitcase, big enough to carry what you need for a weekend trip. Think of it as a modern version of the small fabric suitcases from the70s. (Brings back childhood memories!!) Because of its size, this would be a great bag for a large scale home dec fabric.
Big-City Bags will begin shipping to stores on November 5, 2013. If you want to order the book on November 5, you can get it from the publisher’s website, http://www.shopmartingale.com/. You can also use this link to view more images from the book.
I’ve got one copy of the ebook to give away to a Craft Gossip reader. To enter the giveaway, go to our Rafflecopter giveaway. Giveaway ends at midnight, November 8, 2013. Rafflecopter will choose one entry at random as the winner.
Photo credit: Martingale “From Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson, Martingale, 2013; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.
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