Christmas is around the corner, and if you are thinking of making some handmade gifts, this book will help you make some one-of-a-kind Christmas presents! You can even buy this book as a Christmas present for someone crafty!
This book has been translated to English by the lovely folks at Tuttle Publishing (Yay!) and is all about handmade bags, by Emiko Takahashi, who is more well-known in the sewing “circle” for promoting hand-sewing. Most of her book published (she has published 76 books according to her website!!!) are hand-sewing books. She has published books not only on making bags and small goods, but also adult and kids wear. Yup! All Hand sewn! You can have a quick look at all her books here.
This book includes easy patterns and instructions for hand-sewing, so it will be great for beginners or those who do not have a sewing machine. Naturally you can speed things up a little and make these bags using a sewing machine as well, then add on your hand-stitched details for a personalized touch.
This book includes 60 Easy-to-make Purses, Totes, and More. Do note that out of the 60 projects, a few of them are multiple design variations of the same pattern, e.g. different embellishments on the same bag pattern. Patterns are included unless the design is based a simple rectangle, in which case you will only need to measure out the dimensions of the rectangle and cut accordingly. There are no complex curves construction/drafting required. All patterns that require anything other than a rectangle will be provided in the pull out pattern sheet.
The projects are divided into Shopping Bags, Everyday Bags, Fashion Bags, 2 Sewing Lessons (with full color step by step photographs) and everything else you need to know about hand sewing (basic stitches for construction + fancy stitches for decoration) and bag making (interfacing, handles, attachments etc). Let’s now have a look at some of my favourite projects in the book!
Spruce up your weekly grocery trip with a pretty shopping bag… I love the combination of knit fabric with tweed!
This is a really interesting foldable shopping basket bag. Quick and easy to shop and go!
Foldable Eco bag for carrying around as a spare shopping bag, you never know when you are going shopping! 🙂
These are both reversible bags. Both bags have round bases which make them nice and roomy.
These tote bags have a gusset base for a more roomy and spacious bag.
Flat totes are great for carrying around lesson books, document files or just as little bags for the little ones.
A lunch tote. Simply love the matching of light blue gingham check fabric with the pale leather handles.
A great beginner hand sewing project.This is a simple drawstring purse that you can quickly whip up as a present. A great choice when you need to make multiple gifts since all the different design variations provided will mean each and every purse is unique. Lovely way to make use of scrap fabric as well!
A sweet and dainty bag with a purse frame and crocheted handle.
A really delicate looking bag made with cotton voile, embellished with lace, and glass beads. The strap is made from lace as well.
Make a sturdy bag with zip enclosure with a leather handle and matching leather flower embellishments.
Very quirky and interesting Vase shaped bag that will be a great conversation topic.
Tucked bag with corsage.
As mentioned above, there are two detailed sewing lessons included in the book. The lessons are for the Flat bag, but it also comes with instructions on sewing a Gusset (which converts your Flat bag into a Gusset bag). The other sewing lesson is for hand sewing the little drawstring purse.
Close up of instructions
There are also basic tips of bag making, as well as explanatory notes on the different materials you need for making bags.
Since this is a hand sewing book, hand stitching and decorative embroidery instructions are also included.
A typical pattern how-to-make is shown above. Every step is shown in a diagram form.
Close up of instructional diagram.
Patterns are included in a convenient pocket inside the back cover.
This book will only be released on November 25th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.com
Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More (Tuttle Sewing Books)
Title : Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics
Author : Emiko Takahashi
ISBN No : 978-4805313169