The Bag Making Bible

The Bag Making Bible : The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags

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The ultimate guide to sewing bags from expert Lisa Lam, whose technical knowledge, creative flair and enthusiasm have helped and inspired thousands while promoting the craft of bag-making worldwide.

Whether you are getting started, improving your technique or want to design your own creations, this is the book you will grab for every bag you make! Detailed photographs illustrate every technique in this unique book, from choosing fabric to inserting fastenings. Expert tips, trade secrets and inspirational advice result in professional and beautiful results every time, allowing you to create a capsule wardrobe of eight exclusive bag designs which will amaze your friends - they will never believe you made it yourself!

Lisa's helpful and friendly tone comes through in her instructions, and it really feels like you have an expert by your side holding you hand every step of the way. She starts with the basics of how to read and interpret patterns, how to prepare and cut fabrics, and how to select the right interfacings and interlinings for your bags, then moves on to more specific techniques in each chapter.

The Structure and Reinforcement chapter covers how to sew darts, pleats, gussets, flat bottoms and gathers - showing you in detail how to sew these features. The Linings chapter reveals how to insert zip pockets into your linings, as well as different methods of inserting a bag lining. The Closures chapter explains how to insert a zip in three different scenarios, plus how to insert magnetic snap fastenings, twist lock fastenings, and how to use eyelets and rivets. The Handles and Straps chapter teaches you six different types of straps, from making simple straps to adjustable straps and even designer looking piped handles. The Pockets chapter contains a wealth of different pocket types, showing you how to sew a slip pocket to sewing roomy bellows pockets, elasticized pockets and darted corner pockets. Finally, the Edgings and Trimmings chapter reveals how to bind raw edges for a professional finish, including how to make bias binding, and also shows you how to sew piping and how to use ribbon, jewellery and embellishments on your bags.

At the end of each chapter there is a bag project to make so you can put the techniques into practice straight away. These exciting and desirable designs are explained in full detail, with helpful photographs to guide you every step of the way. Starting with how to make a tote bag, the projects build in complexity. You will learn how to make a clutch bag, how to sew a messenger bag, how to make a hobo bag, how to make a travel holdall bag and more.

Crucially, the pull-out pattern sheet gives full-size patterns, meaning there is no resizing or photocopying to do - you can get straight into cutting and sewing bags. This one-of-a-kind book is the ultimate guide to bag-making and an invaluable resource that you will reach for time and time again.

"An amazing sewing education coupled with beautiful bags that of course, you can customize!" Amy Butler.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 210 x 276 x 12mm | 658g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 071533624X
  • 9780715336243
  • 3,734

Table of contents

Foreword by Amy Butler; Introduction; Basic Equipment; The Sewing Machine; The Anatomy of a Bag; 1 Getting Started; Make it... The Versatile Book Bag; 2 Choosing Fabrics; Make it... The Reversible Bucket Bag; 3 Structure and Reinforcement; Make it... The Cocktail Ruffle Clutch; 4 Linings; Make it... The Organized Office Bag; 5 Closures; Make it... The Oversized Fashionista Bag; 6 Handles and Straps; Make it... The Great Getaway Bag; 7 Pockets; Make it... The Multi-Tasking Tote; 8 Edgings and Trimmings; Make it... The Piping-Hot Hobo; Construction; Suppliers; About the Author; Index; Pull-Out Pattern Sheet.
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About Lisa Lam

Lisa Lam is a London College of Fashion graduate and the founder and owner of - an online store specializing in bag-making supplies. She is a prolific bag designer and regular contributor to craft magazines. Lisa's blog is followed by thousands of crafters who admire both her passion and the quality of her bag-making advice, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter (@uhandbag) and Flickr. Lisa lives in Brighton, UK.
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