The Decorated Bag: Creating Designer Handbags, Purses, and Totes Using Embellisments / Edition 1

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The Decorated Bag: Embellishing Handbags, Purses, and Totes

The Decorated Bag is the quintessential guide to decorating gorgeous and practical bags for every occasion–from a velvet purse encrusted with crystals and lined with faux fur, to a casual tote covered in a profusion of buttons.

• 50 original designs for stunning decorated bags, inspired by designer originals.

• Clear step-by-step directions to make each fashionable bag, suited to all skill levels, especially the beginner.

• Over 175 beautiful images, art, patterns, and photographs that show every dazzling bag and the way to achieve the same results.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Plain, unadorned bags aren't much fun in today's fashion world, so decorating artist Sterbenz (Instant Gratification: Cards) provides well-illustrated, step-by-step projects for jazzing up purchased bags of all kinds. Beads, sequins, and faux fur are just some of the readily available embellishments that she uses to liven up basic thrift-shop treasures. For public library collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112963
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Genevieve A. Sterbenz is the author of seven books in the home decorating and craft fields, among them Pottery Barn Design Library: Storage and Display and Instant Gratification: Cards. Genevieve is a frequent contributor to shelter magazines, and can be seen on national television presenting unique lifestyle and decorating concepts. She lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Decorated Bag

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

The Collection • Bejeweled Evening Bag 12 (Pattern Provided) A leopard-lined evening purse encrusted with jewelry, beads, and crystals

• Victorian Straw Tote 16 A finely woven straw bag accented by a lush fur collar with ribbon ties

• Big-City Bowling Bag 20 A pink leather bag with tweed fabric and gold chain accents a la Chanel

• Hollywood Hatbox 24 A traditional round box in a polka-dot pattern with glamorous ribbon-and-rhinestone accents

• “Miss Kitty” Tote 28 (Art Provided) A sturdy felt tote in cardinal red emblazoned with an artful silhouette

• American Beauty Bag 32 A narrow silk purse covered in a profusion of red silk ribbon roses

• Mod Print Tote 36 A pretty mid-size canvas satchel in a sequined swirl pattern a la Pucci

• Blue Suede Portfolio 40 (Pattern Provided) A sleek faux suede folio in robin’s egg blue and canary yellow

• Tropical Demi 42 A luscious lime green leather bag with a sequin flower accent

• Blue-Boots Tote 46 (Art Provided) A patchwork tote illustrated with a funky cowgirl drawing

• Buttoned-Up Hobo Bag 50 A slouchy, everyday knitted bag covered in vintage buttons and beads

• Swingtime Shoulder Bag 56 A crocheted bag in black silk cord trimmed with beads and tassels

• Lush Leopard Hatbox 60 A mini-hatbox in exotic faux fur accented with an oversized silk rose

• Urban Cowgirl Saddle Bag 64 (Pattern Provided) An envelope in orange faux suede trimmed with rows of fringe

• Girly Weekender 66 A pink tote decorated with a festiveassortment of ribbon

• Springtime Pull-String Bag 70 (Pattern Provided) A sweet fabric pouch accented with daisies and bordered in tassels

• Snow-Flurry Lipstick Purse 74 A tiny hand-held case with elegantly beaded sides and enamel lid

• Vintage Rhinestone Purse 78 A rosy box-style purse with a dazzling diagonal pattern

• Folk Art Bucket Bag 82 (Diagram Provided) A wool tote in burnt orange accented with embroidered patches

• Midnight Feather Clutch 86 A small silk purse decorated with curvy layers of black feathers

• Beaded Ballerina Bag 90 A funky but fine silk pouch-style bag decorated with torn ribbons, trims, beads, and pearls

• Silver Moon Satin Clutch 94 (Diagram Provided) An elongated satin purse with an elegantly beaded geometric pattern

• Pave Polka-Dot Purse 98 (Diagram Provided) A boxy purse paved in sparkling rhinestones a la Judith Lieber

• Marabou Minibag 102 A pouch-shaped bag encircled with a fluffy boa in plum

• Tottenham Tweed Clutch 106 A sophisticated clutch with a bejeweled clasp in blue and black beads

• Mini Travel Valise 110 (Diagram Provided) A mini-trunk purse decorated with travel ephemera

Making Designer Bags • Bejeweled Evening Bag 114 • Blue Suede Portfolio 118 • Urban Cowgirl Saddle Bag 120 • Springtime Pull-String Bag 124

Patterns and Diagrams • Bejeweled Evening Bag Pattern 128 • Blue Suede Portfolio Pattern 129 • Urban Cowgirl Saddle Bag Pattern 130 • Springtime Pull-String Bag Pattern 131 • “Miss Kitty” Art 132 • Blue-Boots Tote Art 133 • Folk Art Bucket Bag Diagram 133 • Silver Moon Satin Clutch Diagram 134 • Pave Polka-Dot Purse Diagram 135 • Mini Travel Valise Diagram 135

An Illustrated Glossary of The Collection 136

An Illustrated Glossary of The Variations 138

Sources and Resources 140

Acknowledgments 141

Index 142

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