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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback and pocket and pull-out template
  • Publication: 25 September 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214304
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £14.99
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The Bag Boutique

£14.99

20 bright and beautiful bags to sew by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

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Book Description

Sew a range of 20 beautiful, colourful bags, from totes and backpacks to clutches and shoulder bags

Add a gorgeous finishing touch to any outfit!

This mouthwateringly colourful book contains 20 beautiful bags to sew from popular designer Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. It includes a huge variety of different styles and sizes, from totes and bucket bags to backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, and Debbie makes each one easy. The book contains a complete guide to all the techniques needed, shown using easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. Also included is a section on creating beautiful finishing touches, including embroidery, appliqué, crocheted flowers, beaded charms and labelling. All the templates required are included on a handy pull-out sheet.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Fabrics 8
Felts 9
Threads 10
Trims and shop-bought embellishments 11
Haberdashery and hardware 12
Equipment 16
Techniques 18
Seaming 18
Finishing seams and lining 19
Binding edges 20
Patchworking 21
Inserting a zip 22
Making box corners 25
Clipping, notching and cutting across corners 26
Making bias binding 27
Applying bias binding 28
Piping 29
Inserting patch pockets 31
Straps, handles and tabs 32
Embellishment 35
Embroidery 35
Appliqué 39
Crocheted flowers 41
Adapting charms to make brooches 42
Beaded charms 43
Making labels 44
Projects 46
Lorle 48
Liesl 52
Shirley 56
Tilde 62
Hannah 66
Claudia 70
Lotte 74
Minna 78
Anna Lena 84
Margaret 88
Christa 94
Ingrid 100
Ina 106
Gertrude 112
Trixie 116
Sylvia 120
Dörte 124
Kirsten 128
Helge 132
Karin 138
Index 144

About the Author

About Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

Debbie has been involved in writing and the craft world for pretty much all of her life but in 1997 she made it into a profession, qualifying formally in journalism and writing patterns and a couple of columns for magazines and newspapers across four continents. She is inspired by nature, travel and history, ancient worlds, steampunk or just a walk in the woods. You name it. She writes about so much more than craft she loves travel writing, photography and just simply commenting about some of the ridiculous things that happen in our lives.

Writing has led her through the world of teaching, and she has written more craft pattern packets than she cares to mention! She has also self-published seven books on subjects ranging from templates for embroidery designs to a cancer self-help book. She designs sewing, papercraft, scrapbooking, card, beading, jewellery and mixed media projects, as well as patterns for quilts.

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Accessorize your outfits with a wardrobe of twenty bags. All types are covered here, from shopping totes to dressy clutch purses, casual shoulder bags and backpacks for exploring the great outdoors. 

This is a great book for those who want to make a range of bags and try their hand at a number of different decoration options. Embroidery, appliqué, beaded charms, decorative labels and more all dress up the creations and are fun to do.  There are also sections on basic techniques such as making binding, piping, patch pockets, various finishing methods and more.  The book starts with a good look at various items that will be used in making the bags, from interfacings to buttons, threads, zips and sewing box basics.  The author has a good readable style that is easy to understand, not bad considering that this is a translation from the original German.  She shares anecdotes and tips on topics like buying thread and using antique buttons that had me smiling, always a good thing in a primer.  All the techniques, embellishment styles and projects are well laid out with staged photographs aplenty for the first two and just words for the last.  This is mostly because you learn the methods first and then put them into action after some practice when making up the bags.  There are lots of opportunities here to use up leftovers from other projects with methods like patchwork and appliqué, and I loved the fact that some of the bags had a very German appearance with folk embroidery.  The simple stitches are well covered and the pocket at the back of the book contains patterns and templates for both bags and their decorations.  Check out an appliqué owl, Alpine style colorful folk art bags with felt charms and pretty floral embroidery, denim bags to match jeans and many others.  Recommended for improver level and up who want to expand on their skills and have fun in the process.  A lovely book I cant wait to use.

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