Since childhood, Clare Youngs has loved making beautiful handcrafted objects. She studied graphic design and went on to work in packaging for a number of high-street stores, including Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser. Clare has since worked in illustration and book jacket design before deciding to turn her attentions to craft full-time, and is the author of Stylish Papercraft: 25 Contemporary Projects for Your Home (Hamlyn, ISBN 978-0-600618-53-9). The Perfect Handmade Bag is her second book.
The Perfect Handmade Bagby Clare Youngs
Every bag is designed to make the most of the materials that are readily available and easily recyclable. Try turning a dish-towel into a smart shopper to carry all your groceries in, or use an old hessian sack to make a sassy bag to take to the gym. Reuse is at the heart of this book, as projects like the floral scrap tote bag and the patchwork weekend bag
Every bag is designed to make the most of the materials that are readily available and easily recyclable. Try turning a dish-towel into a smart shopper to carry all your groceries in, or use an old hessian sack to make a sassy bag to take to the gym. Reuse is at the heart of this book, as projects like the floral scrap tote bag and the patchwork weekend bag demonstrate, and you will soon be able to transform an old blanket or a few scraps of discarded clothing into a unique bag in no time at all. Each project comes complete with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions and there are designs suitable for all skill levels—the packaging bag requires just a few simple stitches, while the design of the adorable owl pocket bag will appeal to more experienced crafters. You are certain to find the ideal bag for you or the perfect gift to give to friends and family.
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This book was fun! When I first received the book, I spent my time looking over all the colorful pictures and step-by-step instructions. I then marked a couple of the bags that I liked the most. After I narrowed my list down to about 6, I studied the projects and picked what I thought would be the easiest to complete. I chose "burlap & print shopper, (pg. 58)" for my review project. This is a great bag to take to the grocery store, the beach or to store kid's toys. I did not have burlap for this project but used a sturdy outdoor Waverly fabric and houndstooth print. The book talks about recycling, so I used what I had! My one complaint with the finished product is that the seams on the inside of the bag are un-finished. Not a big deal but it would look better had the instructions included a way to finish them. There was only 5 listed instructions and 5 materials listed for this project. I thought the instructions were simple but basic sewing skills are going to be needed. The book is divided into 5 chapters: purses, shoulder bags, shoppers & totes, evening bags and kid's bags. There is also a detailed techniques and templates chapter. The book has some great ideas for recycling materials. I especially liked the "packaging tote (pg. 62)." This bag is made from recycled labels, stamps, postcards, paper bags, graphics from fruit crates and old tickets. The ideas are endless! If you love to create, sew or craft, then this book is for you. There are 35 step-by-step projects for totes, bags and purses. Plenty to keep you busy!
This was my first book on sewing. The directions were so easy to follow. No patterns to cut out.