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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: 17 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £14.99
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The Bag Boutique


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

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Book Description

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 von Grabler-Crozier 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. Now, besides regularly designing projects and writing columns for magazines and websites such as Love Patchwork & Quilting, Love Sewing, AllFreeSewing and FaveQuilts, she runs her popular blog where she shares her designs for sewing and quilts, as well as papercraft, scrapbooking, card making, beading, jewellery and mixed media projects. Her first sewing book with Search Press, The Bag Boutique, was a global success, and she has since written three more books with Search Press  Love to Sew: Lagom-style Accessories, Learn to Sew in 30 Minutes: Machine Sewing and Take Two Fat Quarters: Bags & Purses. Debbie lives in Lower Saxony, Germany.

For inspiration crafting and more visit her blog: thefolkartfactory.com

Visit Debbie's online pattern shop, TheFolkArtFactory, via etsy.com



Sew Magazine - Issue 121 (March 2019)

Delve into this wonderfully colourful read by renowned designer Debbie von Grabler-Crozier! Debbie's clear step-by-step instructions make creating each one a breeze for sewers of all abilities.

Craft Business June/July 2018

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Von Crozier-Grabler provides clear instructions for crafting deceptively simple bags so even beginners will be inserting pockets and zippers like a pro. The author of a craft blog, Pretty Things, she has assembled patterns for 20 bags using many pieces, which is perfect for using scraps or fat quarters, while also opening up infinite options for color- and pattern-mixing, even though she includes the specific fabrics she used for each bag so that crafters can, if they wish, follow her vibrant examples. In addition to a list of supplies and tools needed to create each bag and its accompanying embellishments, von Crozier- Grabler includes directions for inserting a zipper or tackling free-motion embroidery. All of her instructions are precise and specific, making the assembly of a multi-pocketed, zippered diaper bag with a removable strap totally doable. And there are also patterns for simpler bags. Other project include a wristlet, several totes, purses, a backpack, and a weekender bag. Large, copyable patterns and templates are included, ensuring that this is a colorful addition to any craft collection.

Popular Patchwork

Issue 51

Popular international writer, designer and creator Debbie von Grabler-Crozier's latest foray into the world of crafting is all about sewing your own bags -totes, backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, to name a few - all from leftover fabrics and a few extra ingredients. Comprehensive information, tips and advice on materials, techniques and equipment and embellishments (such as embroidery applique, charms, labels and brooches) are provided along with easy step-by-step instructions and photographs explaining each of the 20 stylish projects. A handy pull-out hseet of templates is also included to help you create and adorn your own fabulous designs.

Sew magazine

December 2017

You can never have too many bags, so make all of the 20 lovely designs by Sew designer Debbie Von Grabler-Crozier, from cute little clutches to voluminous shopping totes. Each comes with in depth step-by-step instruction, plus illustrated guides for all of the key techniques from construction to embellishments such as embroidery applique, crocheted flowers and beaded charms.


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. 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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