Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs

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As the plastic bag is increasingly banished from stores, the cloth bag is stepping up to save the day. Whether toting groceries, books, baby supplies, gardening tools, or a wallet and some electronic gadgets, eco-conscious crafters will find a bag design to fit their needs in Sew What! Bags. The focus is on simple, pattern-free sewing that requires no previous experience — just an inventive spirit, some fun fabric, and a basic sewing machine.

Author Lexie Barnes is a nationally...

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Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs

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Overview


As the plastic bag is increasingly banished from stores, the cloth bag is stepping up to save the day. Whether toting groceries, books, baby supplies, gardening tools, or a wallet and some electronic gadgets, eco-conscious crafters will find a bag design to fit their needs in Sew What! Bags. The focus is on simple, pattern-free sewing that requires no previous experience — just an inventive spirit, some fun fabric, and a basic sewing machine.

Author Lexie Barnes is a nationally known brand in the bag world, noted for contemporary designs that combine practical detail with stellar functionality. Her unique approach to bag design — starting with the need and then customizing the bag to fit it perfectly — is inspiring and freeing. She encourages crafters to jumpstart their creativity with "warm-up projects" that will carry just a single object, from a pair of eyeglasses to a pack of tissues.

The 18 core projects in Sew What! Bags show how to use bold, contemporary fabrics to make totes, drawstring sacks, messenger bags, organizers, satchels, and purses in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Every project is shown in a full-color photo accompanied by step-by-step, illustrated instructions. Many more variations in size, fabric combinations, and styling features are also pictured to show just a few of the dozens of possibilities for customizing each project.

Crafters of all levels are sure to be carried away by Lexie Barnes's inspired approach to creating the bag of your dreams.

Share your projects at www.sewwhatbags.com

Praise for the book:
"Spot on tips for hemming, choosing fabric and breaking out of the pattern mold help ensure this book is a crafter's delight." - Bookpage, August 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603420921
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/4/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 260,429
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lexie Barnes, a self-taught designer and the creator of a successful line of women's handbags and accessories, is the author of Sew What! Bags and Sew Up a HomeMakeover. She brings her fun sense of style to every design she creates, and her craft bags have received rave reviews from BUST, Vogue Knitting, Adorn, and Knitty.com. Visit her at www.lexiebarnes.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    I Love This Book!

    This has by far been the best sewing book that I have purchased yet. There are several projects that are simple, and can be completed with in a few hours or less. The descriptions of projects are easy to follow and there are photos to go with almost every step, and a photo of the finished product. I would recommend this book to any one who likes to sew, wants to learn to sew or just want to make a few gifts! You cant beat this book for the amount of projects and at a fair price!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    Great Book!

    From the spiral binding, to the great illustrations and wonderful fabrics, this is an easy-to-use guide to making all kinds of great projects. The messenger bag pocket needs to be 6 inches, not 5 inches, to match the side pockets. Checked out from the library, loved it and got for Christmas. I love my sewing book! Great inspiration for getting started on projects. My messenger bag has a fleur-de-lis embroidered on the front and my monogram and looks awesome. Thank you Lexie.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    great ideas...

    easy to read, good pics, easy to use. And some great ideas... I liked many of the bags, not just a few. I would definitely buy this again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    This is a Christmas gift purchase for my daughter. I read the book from cover to cover to see if it would be easy for her to understand as she is a beginner. I have made 10 handbags via a pattern purchase and by far this book made making my last two handbags a breeze. I wish I had made this book my first purchase. I am very impressed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    really nice and useful

    For all levels of sewing-skills. I have made 3 bags already and I love them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    Love this book!

    Very easy to follow patterns, well written and beautifully photographed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    Great little beginners fun stuff book

    I loved it!! It's not only great for the beginner but it also spawns creativity in yourself. I use it often for all the little tid bits it has in it. Lots of fun, a must have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Highly recommend this for sewers

    I really love this book! I've made a few items from it, and found the instructions to be accurate, unlike some sewing books I've used in the past. I like the logical, easy format used to walk you through each project, as well as the special helps and tips provided for certain tasks. I also like the spiral bound pages, that lay open flat so you don't have to prop the book open when your hands are busy sewing! Great all around in my opinion:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    great started book

    easy to follow, fun patterns, great for teens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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