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A bag for all reasons: sew your own fabric bags, purses and accessories for every occasion

A bag for all reasons: sew your own fabric bags, purses and accessories for every occasion

Lam, Lisa

This title features 12 new bag designs plus several accessories and variations, all designed to be both attractive and useful for busy bag-makers on the go. The book includes instructions to make bags of different sizes to suit every occasion, from purses and organizers to grocery bags and backpacks

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Lisa Lam
ISBN: 1446301850, 9781446301852
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 160 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Subject: Fancy work.; Beauty and Fashion.; Handbags.


  1. Introduction
  2. Getting started
  3. Basic Equipment
  4. The Sewing Machine
  5. Using Patterns
  6. Modifying Patterns
  7. Understanding Patterns
  8. Fabric Types
  9. Fabric Preparation and Cutting
  10. Flush Zip Pocket
  11. Top Edge Zip
  12. Slimline Concealed Top Edge Zip
  13. Magnetic Snaps
  14. Open-End Straps
  15. Closed-End Straps
  16. Adjustable Straps
  17. Bound Edges
  18. Piped Edges
  19. Inserting Linings. 1 The Geek-Chic iPad Case
  20. 2 The Compact Groceries Totek
  21. 3 The Access-All-Areas Pouch
  22. 4 The Toddler-Friendly Backpack
  23. 5 The Too Cool For School Satchel
  24. 6 The All-Sorted Laundry Bag
  25. 7 The Fashionista Baby Bag
  26. 8 The Double Pannier Bicycle Bag
  27. 9 The Pleated Purse-Frame Purse
  28. 10 The 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack
  29. 11 The Terrific Tri-Fold Wallet
  30. 12 The Train-Style Vanity Case
  31. Suppliers
  32. Resources
  33. Pattern Legend
  34. About the Author/Acknowledgments
  35. Index
  36. Pull-Out Pattern Sheets (3).

Author note

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.


From the author of the bestselling The Bag Making Bible comes an outstanding collection of 12 inspiring bags for you to make at home.

Lisa Lam of brings you a stunning collection of sewing patterns to make your own bags. The book features 12 brand new bag designs with full photographic instructions for how to make a bag with truly professional results. The book features full-size patterns on three separate pull-out sheets so that you can get started right away – no photocopying or enlarging required.

The book opens with Lisa's in-depth advice on all the aspects needed to get started, from the tools and equipment you need, to understanding and interpreting patterns, to choosing, preparing and cutting fabrics. A comprehensive Techniques section explains some core bag-making techniques such as how to insert a zip pocket, how to use magnetic snap closures, how to sew bag straps and handles including adjustable straps, and how to bind edges and use piping for a truly professional finish. There is also guidance on how to insert a lining to your bag. All the techniques are fully explained with easy to follow photographs, so you'll be creating professional, practical and great-looking bags before you know it!

The 12 projects that follow range in complexity. If you're new to sewing and bag making there are beginner bag projects such as the Compact Groceries Tote, All-Sorted Laundry Bag and Access-All-Areas Pouch to get you started before progressing to the more fully featured bags such as the Too-Cool-for-School Satchel and the 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack. You can make your own iPad case, sew a child's backpack, create a pretty purse using a metal purse frame, make your own tri-fold wallet, make a baby changing bag with matching changing mat, sew your own bicycle panniers, and sew a vanity case for your beauty essentials. The bags all have style and substance and are designed with real-life practical uses in mind.

Within each project Lisa gives her hints and tips for success, along with advice on how you can customize the patterns to create your own version of the design. The book is presented in a spiral bound format, making it lay flat so you can follow the instructions with ease while sewing.

"This information-rich book will elevate your sewing know-how with versatile techniques and inspiring suggestions for making these bags your own." Amy Butler