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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 14 January 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617457272
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £14.00 (1 available)
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £27.99
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Sew kraft-tex® Bags


Tips & Techniques for Working with Kraft Paper Fabric by Betsy La Honta & Gailen Runge

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Book Description

It’s the hot new substrate that wears like leather but sews up like fabric - create more with kraft-tex! This game-changing material is the perfect accent for wallets, totes, and purses. Experts Betsy LaHonta and Gailen Runge teach you everything about sewing with kraft-tex. Get your needle know-how, sew the right seam allowances, and practice turning techniques. Popular bag designers share 17 patterns for all skill levels, from a simple clutch to a roomy travel bag.

About the Author

About Betsy La Honta

Betsy La Honta has been crafting, sewing and creating for as long as she can remember. She loves to figure out ways to get the projects ideas out of her head and into the world. Betsy lives in Northern California with her family.

About Gailen Runge

Gailen Runge is the Creative Director at C&T Publishing and an avid quilter. With two children at home, her first love, quilting, sometimes takes a backseat to other (less time-consuming) soft crafts, such as designing and sewing bags and clothing.



Bags made frompaper? It sounds incredible, but kraft-tex is a new medium for crafting that behaves just like fabric. Wash it, iron it, stitch it and use it where you would use not only fabric but leather, cork or vinyl too. It is kinder to the environment than many other materials and was only invented back in 2013 so a book on how to use it really makes sense.

If any of the seventeen bags in this book look familiar, it is because this is a compilation of patterns taken from a variety of other bag books. The difference is that all of them now make use of a lot or a little kraft-tex, showing how versatile it can be. The book starts by introducing the new material and explaining how it behaves and how to work with it. The rest of the book contains the projects, each one shown made up both in ordinary fabric (as it was when featured in the earlier book) and partly or wholly in kraft-tex. Instructions explain how you can either incorporate it or not, and if you dont want to alternatives are given which is a nice touch. Turn to the front of the book for thumbnails of all the bags, a very wide range of different types. From a picnic basket to a tiny pouch, a bag to hang on a bikes crossbars, male clutch purse, messenger bag, tote and tool/pencil rolls. A basic knowledge of sewing is required but each project contains staged photographs for perfect results. At the back are several pages showing how to do several basic things from sewing darts to putting in a pocket, making bias, putting in a zipper, making a strap, attaching D-Rings etc. Many of these also show how to do it with kraft-tex too. This new fabric is not exactly cheap, but durable, vegan and not difficult to work with. Inside the back cover are the patterns and a notice advertising Kraft-Tex University on YouTube where you can learn even more about this medium. All this has certainly left me keen to make a start; an inspiring book of useful bags.

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