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A Bag for All Reasons: Make Fabulous Fabric Bags for Every Occasion by Lisa Lam

A Bag for All Reasons: Make Fabulous Fabric Bags for Every Occasion by Lisa Lam

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A Bag for All Reasons features 12 brand new bag designs from Lisa Lam, the author of the bestselling book “The Bag Making Bible” and online bag-making personality. It includes brand new techniques and patterns and offers an incredible value—purchased individually, the patterns would cost more than five times as much as the book. Lam is known for her clear and thorough instructional style that allows sewists of all levels to create beautiful, professional-looking bags. Now, she’s created 12 brand new bag designs in different sizes, plus several accessories and variations, all intended to be both attractive and useful for busy bag-makers on-the-go. Full size patterns are included on pull-out sheets so readers can get started right away.

Lisa Lam has a very successful web-site, U-HandBag.com, which has sold handbag findings and kits since 2005. This unique site, through which Lisa showcases her passion and specialty to the world, has become a valuable source for advice. The author, who lives in the UK, also has a popular blog and has developed an engaged social media community across several platforms
A Bag for All Reasons features 12 brand new bag designs from Lisa Lam, the author of the bestselling book “The Bag Making Bible” and online bag-making personality. It includes brand new techniques and patterns and offers an incredible value—purchased individually, the patterns would cost more than five times as much as the book. Lam is known for her clear and thorough instructional style that allows sewists of all levels to create beautiful, professional-looking bags. Now, she’s created 12 brand new bag designs in different sizes, plus several accessories and variations, all intended to be both attractive and useful for busy bag-makers on-the-go. Full size patterns are included on pull-out sheets so readers can get started right away.

Lisa Lam has a very successful web-site, U-HandBag.com, which has sold handbag findings and kits since 2005. This unique site, through which Lisa showcases her passion and specialty to the world, has become a valuable source for advice. The author, who lives in the UK, also has a popular blog and has developed an engaged social media community across several platforms

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12 all-new bags and purses to sew for every occasion
A bag for
A bag for
all reasons
all reasons
L a Lam
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“Thank you Lisa for bringing such lovely style to our bag making world!”– Amy Butler
 
Introduction 4
Getting Started 
Basic Equipment 6The Sewing Machine 8Using Patterns 10Modifying Patterns 11Understanding Patterns 12Fabric Types 14Fabric Preparation and Cutting 16
Techniques
Flush Zip Pocket 18Top Edge Zip 22Slimline Concealed Top Edge Zip 24Magnetic Snaps 27Open-End Straps 28Closed-End Straps 29Adjustable Straps 30Bound Edges 32Piped Edges 34Inserting Linings: Pull Throughand Turn Out Method 36
Projects
The Geek-Chic iPad Case 40The Compact Groceries Tote 48The Access-All-Areas Pouch 56The Toddler-Friendly Backpack 62The ‘Too Cool for School’ Satchel 70The Pleated Purse-Frame Purse 78The All-Sorted Laundry Bag 86The Fashionista Baby Bag 92The Double-Pannier Bicycle Bag 112The 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack 122The Terrific Tri-Fold Wallet 136The Train-Style Vanity Case 144
Suppliers 154Resources 155Pattern Legend 156About the Author / Acknowledgements 158Index 159
 Contents
 
Introduction
4
 When anyone asks me what I love most about sewing I tell them,‘I love how sewing never gets boring!’ As far as I – and millions of other sewists – are concerned, sewing is one of the coolest, most satisfying and useful pastimes out there. If you are just about toembark on your sewing career, welcome to the club: be preparedto become very addicted, very quickly, for a very long time! We sewists are a resourceful bunch – we have to be. For a start,most of us don’t have unlimited amounts of fabric and time onour hands. I am such a craft fiend that I HAVE to do some sewingevery week (unless I’m on holiday) or I get jittery! This is why Itry to get the most out of my limited crafting time and I like to dothis by sewing items that will be used time and time again. But anitem’s usefulness is only half the story. For me, the best designsare fab to look at and just as fab to use. Bags are the ultimateuseful accessory – we all need them, we all use them and we alllike them to look great too. With this in mind, I have designed 12 fully featured bags forthis book that I hope you’ll agree look stylish and professional.But more importantly, these bags are all designed to be totally practical and enjoyable to use in real-life situations. It goes without saying: the more useful something is, the more often you’re going to use it, right? And time is too precious to spendhours making something only for it to end up forlorn at the back of a cupboard.
12 styl hly eful bags designed for real-life situatio… a prybag  nice, but a pry and practical bag  PERFECT!
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