Hip Handbag Book: 20 Easy to Make Totes, Purses and Bags

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Tweens and teens will love this guide to making 25 unique, fabulous purses-all presented with easy-to-follow steps and cool illustrations! The projects use a range of unconventional, inexpensive materials, all easily obtainable, including contact paper, felt, old blue jeans, shoelaces, and place mats. Purses are quick and easy to make, some requiring only tape and a hole punch, others a simple sewing stitch easy for this age to master. Full-color photographs of the finished ...

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Overview

Tweens and teens will love this guide to making 25 unique, fabulous purses-all presented with easy-to-follow steps and cool illustrations! The projects use a range of unconventional, inexpensive materials, all easily obtainable, including contact paper, felt, old blue jeans, shoelaces, and place mats. Purses are quick and easy to make, some requiring only tape and a hole punch, others a simple sewing stitch easy for this age to master. Full-color photographs of the finished projects are included.

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These directions for making small handbags with pizzazz and individuality are concise and well-illustrated. Typical purse designs include a cell-phone carrier, small clutch-sized bags with bead-on-wire handles, coin purses, and funky-shaped shoulder bags. Materials pictured include faux fur, recycled blue jeans pockets, cloth flowers, sock tops, duct tape, and laminated papers of all sorts. Processes include weaving, embroidery, an exploration of various fasteners, and the use of templates. Craft materials are generally introduced in an opening section and then specific needs are repeated before each purse. Even the simplest purses require some purchases (craft glue, fabric paint, cord, clear contact paper, glue-on rhinestones) but clever girls can also use whatever is on hand for many of these projects once they absorb the process and the spirit of design. Colorful actual final products are shown in photographs while directions are drawn and wearers are depicted in elongated fashion drawings that will appeal to middle school would-be designers. It is a good book with which to exercise a developing fashion sense and may even inspire some enterprising group of crafty sorts to begin a small retail business. Sources for ordering special materials are included. 2004, Watson-Guptill, Ages 10 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823022632
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

SHERRI HAAB is the bestselling author of Clay So Cute!, The Art of Metal Clay, Designer Style Jewelry, and The Art of Resin Jewelry. Her books for tweens include The Hip Handbag Book, Way to Crochet, and Dangles and Bangles. Her Incredible Clay Book and Nail Art each sold more than 1 million copies. In all, she has more than 2.5 million books in print around the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: It's in the bag 8
Tools and techniques: All you need to know 10
Taking it easy: Cute style anyone can do 20
Letter Perfect Monogram jean pocket purse 22
Sign of the Times Scorpio jean pocket purse 24
Finders Keepers Secondhand bag with appliques 26
On the Line Corduroy feather bag 28
Pretty in Pink Cosmetic bag purse 30
Scarlet Fever Red flower bag 32
The Heat is on Canvas bag with iron-on 34
Soft Touch Fleece bags 36
Gearing up: So cool, sew simple 38
Flower Power Ribbon purses 40
Sweet Things Cookie bag purse 42
Animal Instinct Faux fur bag 44
Faux Easy Funky fur purse 46
Put a Sock in it Sock coin purse 48
A Shore Thing Placemat beach bag 51
Bag-Along Felt purse 54
Color Blocks Geometric felt purse 56
Cell Mate Embroidered cell phone bag 58
Outside the Box Stationery box bag 62
Bring it on: Nothing can stop you now 64
Vintage Visions Collage tote 66
Seeing Things Clear laminated flower purse 70
News Flash Laminated newspaper bag 74
Stick to it Duct tape bag 78
Quick Silver Trapezoid duct tape bag 82
Stripe it Rich Striped duct tape purse 86
Plastic Fantastic Grocery bag purse 90
Shop talk: Where to go for what 94
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