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Half Yard Sewing Club
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 December 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782212560
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 150
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
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Sew Brilliant Bags


Choose from 12 beautiful projects, then design your own by Debbie Shore

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Book Description

It can be difficult to find bag designs that really inspire you: you might want the shape and pockets of one combined with the size and handles of another. But how do you put all these different elements together to create your perfect bag? Let sewing superstar Debbie Shore equip you with all the techniques you need to create 12 beautiful, customizable projects, and then show you how to apply these techniques and ideas to create your own unique designs.

The projects are wide-ranging, giving you plenty of ideas and techniques to try out, including a large, square-bottomed beach bag, a zipped, curved-top shoulder bag, an oilcloth tote, a pleated cosmetic bag, and a three-pocket cross-body bag with a magnetic fastener. Learn how to complete a range of techniques, from adding piping and making eyelets to inserting zips, adding handles and straps and creating a square bag base. What you create next is up to you! Mix and match techniques, fabrics and ideas to create a truly personal bag. All the techniques and stitches you need are clearly explained, and the projects can all be made on a basic sewing machine. The book is packed full of Debbie’s friendly help and advice, with all the projects shown using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions.

  • The latest sewing title from sewing superstar Debbie Shore
  • Choose from 12 beautiful bags, in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes
  • Designed to teach the reader all the techniques they need to go on to create their own designs

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Useful materials and tools 10
Basic techniques 14
Inserting a zip 14
Using bias binding 17
Making handles and straps 18
Piping 19
Fussy cutting 20
Cutting corners 20
Snipping into curves 20
Making eyelets 21
Making a square bag base 22
Adding poppers 23
Useful stitches 24


Beach Bag 30
City Bag 36
Office Bag 42
Oilcloth tote 50
Pleated Cosmetic Bag 54
Shopper 58
Three-pocket Bag 62
Twist Bag 66
Large Zipped Bag 70
Duffel Bag 76
Smocked Pouch 82
Pleated Bag 88

Index 96

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazines and has written over 30 books for Search Press with several more underway. Over 800,000 copies of her books have been sold worldwide. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.

Debbie has over 285,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website: www.debbieshoresewing.com


Karen Platt -yarnsandfabrics.co.uk

Debbie cannot put a stitch wrong and this time she brings us a book full of bags. With her stylish projects, easy to follow instructions and clear photos, she's onto another winner with this colourful, fun and user friendly book. It isn't that you can't find similar projects elsewhere, but Debbie gives you options to customize projects and also puts together a great selection of bags. Use the patterns as they are, or give them a personal twist. There are twelve projects in all, suitable for all ages and also for all skills. Make them for yourself, or give as a gift. Techniques include zips and fastenings, bases and piping. From practical bags for work or shopping to dressy bags for going out. You'll never tire of making variations on these. There are no pattern pieces, you are simply cutting fabric to size. 

Machine Knitting Monthly

The book is designed to teach us all the techniques we need to create our own designs and the 12  projects are wide ranging, offering plenty of ideas. Everything is clearly explained and the bags can all be made on a basic sewing machine. The book is packed full of friendly help and advice, using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions

East Kent Embroiderers Guild

Popular TV presenter and author Debbie offers twelve beautiful projects in her latest book, including shoulder bag, totes, shoppers, rucksacks and large holdall. There are no patterns as each project comes with a detailed cutting list together with a comprehensive guide to tools and materials. Every bag introduces the reader a new technique for which detailed instructions are given and there are many suggestions for customising the bags to create unique and personalised designs.  Outstanding value for money, this book is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of sewing and also the more experienced wishing to take their bag-making to a higher level.

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