Big-City Bags Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Contests & Giveaways, Quilting, Sewing | Comments


Today, we’re excited to be a part of Sara Lawson’s blog tour for her new book, Big-City Bags, which was released yesterday by Martingale. We thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes and ask Sara about her design process for sewing handbags as well as meeting her many deadlines for the book.

Sara’s also sharing an exclusive giveaway of her book to Craftsy blog readers!

One lucky reader will win a FREE Big-City Bags e-book! To enter, just head here by Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Then, comment on this blog post and let us know what you love most about sewing handmade bags. We’ll randomly select a winner on November 13, 2013.

Book Cover for Big-City Bags

Photos via Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson, Martingale, 2012; used by permission. Photos by Brent Cake. All rights reserved.

Sara, congrats on the release of your book, Big-City Bags! Can you tell us a little bit about the process of writing the book and creating the 12 patterns?

Thank you so much for having me, Lindsay and the lovely folks at Craftsy! I turned in my book proposal to my publisher, Martingale, in late February 2012, and the proposal was accepted and a contract was sent in early May. For my proposal, I had already turned in two fully-written patterns, so I had 10 more to complete. I started work on the rest of the patterns in June, and my deadline was November 5, 2012. It was a very crazy time!

Photo Page from Big-City Bags

What is your process for designing a new bag pattern?

For my proposal, I turned in sketches of the other bags that would be in the book, along with fabric swatches that I thought might work well for each bag. I turned in 18 sketches, and so I pared that down and chose my favorite. Some of my fabric choices changed along the way, too.

Pattern Notes from Sara Lawson

First, I get an idea for a bag and I’ll draw an initial sketch. I’m kind of terrible at sketching things, but my little drawing is good enough for me, for I know what I had envisioned in my head, and the sketch is just a little way to remind me of the main points of the bag. After I sketch out the idea, I calculate the yardage of the supplies needed based on the size of the bag. This is done by naming all the pattern pieces that are needed to make the bag (i.e. Lining Main Panel, Strap, Pocket, etc.), and I’ll also note which pieces are from the exterior or lining fabric, as well as what kind of interfacing I will attach to each one. Some pattern pieces will actually be physical pattern pieces, and others are just rectangular measurements (i.e. 4″ by 30″ for a strap).

Two of Sara Lawson't Bags

After I get my initial layout of the pattern doodled on paper, I draft my pattern pieces. Now I know how to do the pieces in CAD software on my computer, but at the time I was writing my book, I drew and cut out my pattern pieces from Pellon Tru-Grid. I would later send those pieces in to my publisher to be drafted into digitized pattern pieces for the book.

After the pattern pieces are to my liking, I typed up the pattern instructions in Microsoft Word. I wrote the whole entire pattern without even touching any fabric.

Once I printed the pattern instructions out, then I began cutting fabric. For my book, I made two bags for each sewing pattern.

While I was sewing the bag together, I also took step-by-step photographs that were transferred into illustrations by a graphic artist at my publisher for the book. Due to space restraints, my editors thought illustrations would be the best way to go about showing the steps. 

Woman Carrying Lawson Bag
Author Sara Lawson, modeling her design

You got to play an integral part in the photography for Big-City Bags, and we actually get to see you as a model in the book’s pages. Can you tell us about your trip to Martingale to participate in the photo shoot?

Martingale produces an inspirational array of quilting, knitting and crochet books. Their staff is really amazing, and I found out that the company is employee-owned, which is even more wonderful. I got to fly out to Martingale, which is located in Seattle, back in April for the photo shoot of my book. I had never done anything like this before, but it was a great experience! I went out with my mom, and everyone there made sure we felt comfortable and had a great time. We had a wonderful dinner, saw some quilt shops and finished the shoots of me with my bags all within a 24-hour time period!

Two of Lawson's Bags

In the book, you mention that you haven’t used a store-bought purse in ages. What do you love most about designing bag patterns?

I love the challenge that designing sewing patterns gives my brain. I see store-bought purses on the street all the time, and it’s always fun for me to wonder how those purses were assembled; it looks like I’m staring, but really I’m just formulating the steps in my mind, and it’s quite amusing for me.

I also love seeing someone complete one of my patterns and I can tell that they are excited about their new bag. I opened up my sewing pattern shop in February of 2013, and I’ve been busily adding new patterns to the shop ever since! To date, I have 17 bag patterns listed, and always more on the way! My sewing patterns features step-by-step photos for a majority of the steps, which is a feature that has been well received by sewists.

In August 2013, I sent six of my best-selling patterns to print, and so my patterns are available in quilt shops, which is a huge accomplishment for me! I hope to print six more titles in February and six more in May, and have a booth at Quilt Market in May of 2014. I really love what I do.

Patterned Bag by Lawson

Sara, what’s next for you?

I’ve been thinking about starting on my second book after the holidays. More bags of course. I am so thankful to everyone that has supported me and my blog over the years. I have established many firm friendships with my blog readers and pattern testers, and that is really important to me.

Giveaway!

Click here to enter the giveaway and answer the question below in the comments for a chance to win!

What do you love most about sewing handmade bags?

Learn how to design and sew custom bags in the Craftsy classes Design Your Own Handbag with Brett Bara, Making Leather Bags with Don Morin and Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags with Tara Rebman. You might also enjoy our roundup of quilted and patchwork bag patterns.

Comments

  1. Ladymax says:

    What I love most about making my own bags is that I can have as many as I want. I believe that there is no such thing as too many bags.

  2. Stitchgirl78 says:

    I love choosing fabrics to give each bag its own personality!

  3. edithann says:

    I love having a one of a kind bag!

  4. Tina in ZnJ says:

    The thing I like most about making bags the the opportunity to customize them. I first started looking at bags as a vehicle for machine embroidery.

  5. Janielou says:

    I love the ability to use fabrics that I like, to coordinate with any outfit or occasion. I love the fresh fabrics and designs used by Sara Lawson – very modern.

  6. Chriss says:

    The best thing, the thing I absolutely love the most about making my own bags is that moment when someone says to you: “That bag is so cute. I would love to have one. Where ever did you get it?” and I get to reply: (with a wicked little grin) “Well you will not be able to get one because I made it myself!”

  7. Stephanie J says:

    I think when you are sewing a bag each bag is a different work of art.

  8. knottygnome says:

    i love picking my own fabrics. thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Yvonne says:

    I love sewing my own bags, choosing the design and the fabrics and showing off my handmade creation!

  10. Karen Dicken says:

    I love handbags that are handmade… and it is such a joy to create something and then “use” it. People notice and make comments. If I’ve done a particularly good job of selecting fabrics, people really notice. I would love a copy of this book! This article was very interesting! Thanks.

  11. Heidi says:

    i am just starting with bags…..the best part will be the exact size and design you need done in the exact color/pattern/fabric that you love !

  12. Candice says:

    love the bags & fabrics!!!

  13. Joy French says:

    I love the fact that, with a comprehensive pattern, I can create a complex, impressive bag. Any project, when it is broken down into steps, is absolutely doable.

    We can all look like advanced seamstresses.

  14. Theresa B. says:

    Finding the right fabric, hardware and pattern. It’s like a puzzle waiting to be solved. Your book looks great with fresh new designs.

  15. Beth T. says:

    I have never made a bag, but I love using homemade bags because they usually incorporate interesting fabric choices, excellent construction, and the joy of handmade into something I use every day.

  16. Mary Hillstrom says:

    What I like best about handmade bags is the gorgeous fabric,

  17. Janice Shaben says:

    I love the challenge of making bags plus the way they turn out. I love giving them to family and friends.

  18. Fran Wiest says:

    I haven’t actually made a handbag yet, but I have been collecting patterns, interfacing and fabrics, so I just need the inspiration to get started. I think the first one is a little daunting but a book like this is what I need to get me on the right track!

  19. Crystal Austin says:

    The reason I LOVE making my own bags is because, no one has my bag:)

  20. I love that you can customize everything about the bag – you can make sure there are enough pockets/not too many. You can make sure your seams are really well sewn so it will last a long time. You can choose your fabric too :)

  21. Elizabeth Bolton says:

    The enormous satisfaction I get from making an astonishing bag is what I love the most – and infinite variety, of course!

  22. Donna W says:

    I love making bags because I love bags! Any kind of bag. Plus when I make my own, I get to choose exactly how it is going to look. The bags in this book look so inspirational. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Karrie says:

    I love being able to choose my own fabrics to truly suit my style.

  24. Julia says:

    My handbag used to be a mess. Now that I make my own, with separators, pockets etc just as I need them, even my husband can find the things in my bag!

  25. Karen says:

    What I love about making my own bags is the ability to customize them and the fact that no one else has one just like it.

  26. Rebecca T says:

    I like the creativity you can exhibit when you make your own handbag. Also, I can put in as many pockets and zippers as I want!

  27. Lisa Marie says:

    I love sewing handmade bags because it is a chance to use favorite fabrics and then carry them around for all to enjoy.

  28. JulieCC says:

    I love sewing bags, purses, totes, and baskets because they are quick and don’t lay around too long as an UFO! I also love it because they are practical and thus great for gifts. I always receive tons of comments on the bags I use and my gift recipients do, too, which makes me happy!

    I love being able to use a small amount of fabric, or fabrics, too. It’s fun to find bags that can use precuts or remnants! Or scraps from my stash!

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  29. Annette J. says:

    The thing I love the most is that my bag will always be one of a kind.

  30. Diane P says:

    Making my own handbags gives me the best of both worlds — feeds my handbag addiction and allows me to use my creative juices to make one that is uniquely my own. The bags shown are marvelous and the book would be wonderful inspiration for many, many more handbags. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Angele says:

    The joy of making handbags? It’s all about creativity. You pick your style, you pick your fabrics and you add as little or as much bling as you want to. It’s the best. You can make people very happy too!

  32. LoAnn Trowbridge says:

    I haven’t sewn any bags in years, but may just have to start again! I like that because of the fabric you can have an ” one in a kind bag”. That truly makes it “yours”.

  33. Missy says:

    I love sewing handmade bages because I can use whatever materials appeal to me at the moment at a price that lets me have more of them!

  34. Karen Watkins says:

    I thing I love most about making my own bags is the fact that I choose the fabrics and design so that it will be a one of a kind bag.

  35. Alys says:

    What I love most about making my own bags is the ability to customize them for myself or as gifts. Such fun!

  36. Gill says:

    I like the fact that my bag is unique, a one-off! even when I follow a pattern I know I won’t see another bag the same as mine!

  37. jules says:

    I love that each bag is individual and can be changed slightly to met your own needs.

  38. Stacia Sellers says:

    I love being able to make my own bags because it give me a chance to express my inner beauty on the outside!!

  39. Kathy Connelly says:

    I love all the compliments on my handmade bags. I hope Sara will be doing a Craftsy class on bags some day.

  40. Ramona M. says:

    I love making my own bag as you can use any material you want and change things so the bag is uniquely yours and no one else has one like it.

  41. Ana says:

    Except for Signature leather bags, the bags I use are made by myself, and so they are one of a kind, reflect my personality, match the colour and style of the clothes I’m wearing and on top of it all, I had a blast making them.

  42. Deb H. says:

    I like making my own bags because there are no others like them.

  43. Patti says:

    I really like overcoming my fear of making a bag, when the instructions make sense, and using it out in public for the first time!

  44. Kathy Nester says:

    I love the uniqueness of handmade bags. I have been too timid to make my own, if I win, I will try one of Sara’s patterns….

  45. Nancy Roedel says:

    Bags are so fun. There are so many possibilities in creating them.

  46. Dawn Frisch says:

    What I love about making my own bag is that I have a bag that no one else has! I just love Sara and can’t wait to get her book!

  47. Mary Nemarich says:

    I love that I can match up any outfit with a new bag, or make one quickly for a special occasion. I can have any colour, accessory or style to suit just me!!.

  48. Debbie says:

    I like walking around with the finished product and showing it off, saying, I made this bag!

  49. Sona Jacob says:

    I can make as many as I like to match my clothes… they can be classic or whimsical, sometimes graphic, sometimes shabby-chic… the possibilities are endless!! The bags in this book look great!

  50. Miasmimi says:

    To create exactly the perfect bag of my dreams.

  51. Melanie C says:

    This book looks great! I love having a bag made out of my favorite fabric!

  52. Marie A says:

    I like the fact that I can pick out my own fabric.

  53. I love that no-one else has the same bag as me.

  54. Cherine Fleyfel says:

    The lovely comments I get from friends and just anyone seeing my unique bags. They are unique because I am able to choose my fabrics and the pattern and even make bag inserts to my liking. Makes me feel so good!!
    Can’t wait for the Sara Lawson book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  55. MelodyJ says:

    It’s a one of a kind bag.

  56. Jo says:

    I love that by making your own bags you can really personalize them with different fabric choices and trims.

  57. Ro says:

    Congrats Sara!!! What I love about making handmade bags is; all the fun picking out special fabrics, piping , rick rac . The possibilities are endless. Such satisfaction in designing your own bags, your own style and color. I would love to win this book. It is a winner!!! for sure, Lots of luck Sara!!!

  58. Sharon Blevins says:

    It’s great to have customised bags for every occasion.

  59. MammaNene says:

    I love when I answer “I’ve done this!” to the ones that ask me “Where did you bought this bag?” and I see their eyes become big and bigger LOL
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

  60. Debbie J. says:

    After the 1st one is made, I can decide to make it larger or smaller, and I can make it in the fabrics I choose.

  61. repet sundari says:

    make my self my own signature bags and let around me to enjoy it…

  62. Suzanne says:

    The chance to make something my own and incorporating elements, whether a section of fabric, beads or jewelry, leather, that is really love and have saved just in case. They are, somehow, a way to save memories.

  63. Glenda Edwards says:

    I love creating unique bags when sewing your own. I love choosing my own fabric for the bags, no one else has the same as you. They also make great gifts. Hand made is good. Would love to win this book and make some of the bags. Cheers

  64. Leanne says:

    What I love about handmade bags is that they make me smile each time I use them! It’s a great pleasure to make something special and unique. :)

  65. Tanja says:

    The thing I like most about making my own handbags is knowing that no one else can have the same bag as I do.

  66. Ginger says:

    I love that I can make the bag fit my exact needs.

  67. Gina says:

    I like the satisfaction of carrying a one-of-a-kind bag made by me!

  68. Jennifer says:

    I like choosing my own fabric & ending up with something totally unquie

  69. Velveteena says:

    I love to make bags so I can make sure they have what I need to keep me organized!! I love a place for my keys , my work ID, lunch, etc etc. thanks for the opportunity!

  70. Christine says:

    I love the ability to make what I need, I am designing a large bag now for a trip. I am putting in a e special pocket for my tablet and one to hold my yarn so it doesn’t tangle up in anything.

  71. Kathleen says:

    Handmade bags are unique and you know they are sturdy!!

  72. Denny says:

    I love selecting the fabrics to make my bag my own.

  73. Madeline Rodriguez says:

    I love making bags because I use recycled things and this helps spurn my creativity! I also get to have a bag that helps the environment and a unique one that no one else has!

  74. Mar says:

    I so love making bags, and each time I get closer to my perfect bag. I am almost ready to combine my favorite techniques from each pattern I’ve used and make the bag that is the perfect size, has the right amount and right size pockets, the right closure, and the right strap. I love examining existing bags, too, to see how they were made!

  75. Cindy Mizer says:

    The fabrics you can use to make them unique are fabulous! Really fun!

  76. Janene Brndrick says:

    I love to make my own handbags to get the fabrics I want, the pockets and storage areas I want and the strap length I want. It is so satisfying to create a purse or bag that functions exactly in the way I want it to. I create different size bags for different purposes and have created bags for others for even more different uses. Great Fun!!

  77. seashells835 says:

    I love having a good-looking serviceable bag that I can keep clean!

  78. Julia Storey says:

    I have made some handbags and given all but one away. I like the look on people’s faces when they say “you made this?”. I love to use remnant pieces that I have found or felted sweaters to create them. I am always looking at new patterns.

  79. Millie says:

    Love these bags wow

  80. You have some very lovely bags. I have been fiddling around with the concept of bag making with not much success. I like the idea of making your own because it would be unique and no one else will have one like it.

  81. Lururu says:

    The best thing about making your own bag is knowing that the gorgeous, useful accessory on your arm is as a result of your own hard work. There is nothing like that feeling!

  82. Terry Ray says:

    If we all carried handmade bags, rather than bags that were made in a work camp in China, the world would be a much happier and better place. It is nice knowing where my handbags came from and that I created them myself.

  83. Kt Gaughan says:

    I love making bags just how I like them, the fabric I want, as many pockets as I want, having a zip or buckles, whatever I choose. Knowing no-one else the same bag puts a smile on my face. Even better when someone stops to ask me where I bought it!

  84. Ka_Mesha says:

    Whats not to love about making your own hand bag…you end up with something truly unique, exclusive and 100% all to your liking.

  85. Theresa says:

    I love the assortment of sizes, colors, and uses in the bags I make

  86. Sherry S says:

    There are so many different possibilities when making handbags. Size, shape, color, combinations of fabric. From using up scraps to buying a special yard of designer fabric the creativity never ends. That’s what I love about making your own handbags.

  87. Kathryn Gagne says:

    The things I like best about making my own handbags is the ability to customize them. So Many choices of patterns, fabrics, do I want zippers, pockets, cross body style? The options seem endless.

  88. Jane Ritz says:

    I like handmade purses because you can choose everything;fabric, color, style. I just love them

  89. Wendy Andrews says:

    I LOVE this article, so inspiring! Haven’t pulled my machine out in ages and this really makes me wanna!

  90. Karen Todd says:

    What I like most about making my own bags is that I can choose the fabric and hardware that I like and that it will be one of a kind. And too the attention I get when it is something eye catching.

  91. anna brown says:

    love her bags so refreshing looking

  92. Marijke says:

    I love to choose the material and the model, so it goes with my outfit and what I need to take with me!

  93. Hella says:

    What I love most about handmade bags is that they are not only a one of a kind but also that they perfectly fit your desires. They are never too big or too small. The shoulder handle is not too thin, or too long. Handmade bags are always the way you want them to be.

  94. Diana says:

    i love when i take a pattern, chose the fabric i want, and it becomes mine–no one else has one like it!

  95. Nancy says:

    I like that I can customize it a little if I want ( i.e. more pockets , or a different size)
    thanks for the giveaway – her bags are beautiful.

  96. kbo says:

    Constructing a handbag makes it uniquely mine to color shades, pattern prints, and even the time of year.

  97. Deb Sullivan says:

    I love putting together fabrics that you would never expect to play nice – and then they do!

  98. Sue says:

    I love the idea of designing your own bags! You can have an original design that you made yourself:). I also am constantly looking at fashion and wondering how I could do “that”. I teach young students sewing and am always trying to promote their creativity and let them understand they can do it:). Thanks for a sneak peak at the book!!

  99. Amy says:

    I love making bags so I can customize the pockets to fit exactly the things I carry around with me. And of course, who doesn’t like a new little pop of color injected into their life?

  100. Sally King says:

    Designing your own bag or using a pattern choosing your own fabrics makes it one of a kind. Love Big City Bags. I have some great lightweight upholstery fabric that I have had for years that would be great made with one of these designs.

  101. María Rosa Gonzalez Hernández says:

    I love make it, give as a present and can have a lot. I can add something that I need.

  102. Tara D. says:

    What I love most about it is that with store bought bags, there’s always something about it you don’t like – straps aren’t quite the right length, inside color is a little too dark to see what you’re looking for, the pockets don’t quite fit your phone – when you make your own, you can eliminate all those little things that particularly bother you. You can really make a bag that exactly fits you and your lifestyle in a way that no other designer can.

  103. Tricia says:

    I love making my own bags. They can be unique and allow me to express my personality in ways that a store bought bag may not allow. I also love the feeling of accomplishment and watching as each bag evolves!

  104. Jo Ferguson says:

    The best part of making your own handbag is that you can customize the bag to be perfect for you.

  105. Nancy W says:

    Besides making bags designed by Sara that are always spot on, fun to make, process and GEORGEOUS, I get to individulaize, get creative and totally make it my own!

  106. Stephanie Hardy says:

    Homemade bags are the greatests since they are personalized to your needs and tastes. Plus, what an excellent gift to make for someone special!

  107. laura hall says:

    Creating something that is totally you that you could never get in a shop :)

  108. Iryna says:

    The bag comes out so unique, even when using the same pattern all over again!

  109. Jane says:

    The best thing about making your own bags? Too many to count! But top of the list is getting to choose the fabrics and hardware for exactly the look you want, and knowing how sturdy that bag is going to be. No popped seams!

  110. ROBIN says:

    Being able to personalize each bag, of course!

  111. Janis S says:

    Making your own purse is great because you can make it exactly how you want by picking out fabrics and making any pockets the size you need.

  112. Faye Morrison says:

    I love the bags I can create myself with the compartments that I like and even sometimes resized to fit my own electrical bits such as my tablet (not standard ipad) and cell phone. I like having my reading glasses and keys at hand and making my own bags allows me to customize a pattern functionality to me as opposed to a brand name who doesn’t have my lifestyle or requirements. Books are a great source of inspiration to creativity.

  113. Marit says:

    I like it because you give it your own touch, and i also like it because when you do make mistakes, you mostly still can use it, which you can’t if you make garments, they’re most likely to not fit anymore. And the hunt for the perfect fabric is so much fun :D

  114. Becky Jacks says:

    I love making my own bag because you can fit it to your own needs!

  115. Jane Timmins says:

    I like msking my own bags because they are unique and different from every one else

  116. Patricia Lenhart says:

    I love sewing my own bags because I can add the pockets I want to keep my things organized.

  117. KK Wackus says:

    I love the fact that no one else has a purse like mine-it’s a one-of-a-kind. Lots of people comment on them and I take pride in saying, “I made it.”

  118. Linda says:

    I like to up cycle my favorite fabrics, whether it’s a beloved blouse, a soft snuggie or a raggedy pair of jeans.

  119. Patricia says:

    I like making my own because I make exactly what I want.

  120. Dawn says:

    Making my own bag means being able to pick the color and print I want for the style of bag I want. I love customizing my bags to my needs!

  121. Linda L says:

    I like being in control of the fabric choice and being able to use quality materials.

  122. Jackie says:

    I like choosing the fabric, tweaking the design to suit me, but mostly I love the look on people’s faces when they comment that they like my bag and I tell them I made it. They always seem amazed.

  123. Danette Swenson says:

    Love Making BagsTo Use Pretty ColoRed Fabric.

  124. Jasmin says:

    I love being able to choose my own fabric so i can make my bags unique to me and my friends.

  125. sandi pratt says:

    I love making my own bags because I can personalize each one to my taste.
    Congratulations Sara ! I would love to win your book!

  126. Becky says:

    I make miniature bags and purses. Dollhouse size. I love getting ideas from life-size bags and doing my best to recreate some of them in a much smaller size.

  127. Rose-Marie says:

    I enjoy making bags. Each one is unique made with fabrics I like. Some are simple, others are more complex to make. All are fun. My first real quilting project was a bag which I designed. My latest bag was a designer bag designed by a friend. I added personal touches to make it mine.

  128. Cris Kauffman says:

    I love that I can pick the fabrics that scream ‘me’!

  129. Anita says:

    In making my own bags I get exactly the design and the colors that I want, and all the pockets that I need!

  130. Helen T says:

    I love making bags for myself and friends. Picking out the fabric and having a one of a kind bag for every occasion .

  131. The creativity! Being able to make pockets on the inside/outside that fit my needs. AND the big bonus they don’t cost me hundreds of dollars so I can have more than one bag.
    Diana

  132. Lisa E says:

    I enjoy picking out the fabrics and then customizing the bag. This book sounds perfect for that.

  133. robin says:

    I love when they turn out! :)

  134. Laura says:

    I love how they are customizable when you make it yourself. Pockets and slots where you need them.

  135. Marilyn Kay says:

    I love experimenting with all types of fabrics and uses. This book opens a whole new area to try.

  136. Alicia says:

    My favorite part of making bags is choosing my own fabrics.

  137. Dawn D says:

    The thing I love about handmade bags is the personalization and it’s one-of-a-kind!!

  138. leanne says:

    love that you can make bags in whatever fabric you choose – also nice to have a one of a kind bag that you can embellish how you want ! thanks for the chance to win this fab book !

  139. DebV says:

    What I love most about handmade bags is getting the look/fabric you want. I love the cover bag and its fun colors – especially the turquoise

  140. LynnEiko says:

    I would love to sew all of these bags. I sew bags and give them to my family and friends as gifts. They really appreciate them. Our small town has outlawed giving out those plastic bags, so everyone has to bring their own bags for their groceries, and anything else one buys in town.

  141. Tracy Cooper-Posey says:

    I’ve never made a handbag, but I spend ages looking at patterns and ideas…I have a feeling that once I get into making them, I’ll never stop. Most of the retail bags are horribly expensive, and don’t meet my needs — or they’re cheap and ugly and fall apart inside six weeks. I have ideas about what I want in my bags. I just need to know how to build them. I suspect this book would help me make my first steps into bag making.

  142. Rachel says:

    What I love most is that you can choose exactly how you want your bag to look! It’s the best!
    :)

  143. Rachel says:

    I love having a one-of-a-kind item that reflects my personality and tastes!

  144. Penny Baldwin says:

    I love to make purses and bags in-between making quilts. I can get them done quick, so I can see my finished product sooner. I am always on the look out for new and exciting patterns.

  145. I love being able to customize the fabrics and hardware to suit my style.

  146. Ann says:

    I love the look of the bags…..Very city like and coming from a smaller town, these are so awesome. This is not the bag I see everyday and you can make it to fit your needs….awesome!

  147. Jana says:

    I love making my own bags and purses! Then, I can pick out my favorite seasonal fabrics and make as many pockets as I need : ). Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. Faye Morrison says:

    Love the fresh designs. Can’t wait to make a new bag!

  149. nicole says:

    i love picking out fabrics, and the sense of accomplishment when it’s done! :D

  150. Bonnie says:

    I like making my own bags because I can choose the fabric I want and the features that I want/need. I also like to make bags for others. I like to fit the bag to their “purse”onality and needs.

  151. Renee Nowak says:

    I am just learning to sew so every bag is a new learning experience for me. Nothing like loving to learn by showing off what you made everyday!

  152. holly says:

    I’ve never made my own hand bag, but I want to!

  153. Sigrid says:

    What I love most about making my own handbags is … well I guess the fact that when sewing my first handbag about 2 years ago it also was my first ‘real’ sewing project and (a little to my own surprise) it worked out fine: The rather simple design I started with as well as the more complex-and-with-zipper-models I am making now … so to make a long story short: What I love most probably is the feeling I have when I finish a bag :-)

    Besides, they make great gifts ;-)

  154. Beth B says:

    I like that I can choose size, fabric, custom pockets and closures that best suit me.

  155. Marta l says:

    What I love most is to see the bag taking form step by step. It’s the process it self. Starting with several pieces of fabric and finish with a great bag.

  156. Jill D. says:

    I love that it is unique to me!

  157. Tanja says:

    I’m simple, I like having bags that no one else has.

  158. Terrie R. says:

    I love being able to make it exactly like I want it, using all the fun fabrics in my stash.

  159. Diane Klimek says:

    I simply love the satisfaction of being able to follow the pattern and ending up with something that ACTUALLY worked and looks fabulous! :)

  160. sharon says:

    I love bag making because I get to exercise my creativity! This book looks great!

  161. Laura Tiffany says:

    I love making my own bags because I can make it to my liking and it’s a one of a kind bag.

  162. Blaire Bosley says:

    Sewing a handmade handbag allows the created to get as creative as they want because they don’t have to see the regular black and brown purse. Instead they can be as original as they want because the created is given the opption pick their pattern as well a their fabric which means a purse can see using fabric with dancing kittens on it I they want. That is why I like making my own handbags.

  163. Val Hatton says:

    It’s great to be able to customise each bag to have exactly the features I want. I love that I can make bags in all colours and sizes and that nobody else will have the same bag as me!

  164. Jo Hallett says:

    I love the process of bag making, buying the fabric and then seeing all the pieces come together is very satisfying, and homemade bags make an awesome present for someone special.

  165. Linda says:

    I LOVE PICKING OUT THE FABRIC MOST!

  166. Linda says:

    love the choice of fabric!

  167. Jean says:

    I love that I can always have that one of a kind bag

  168. Christy Hatfield says:

    I like that I can customize the size and colors to suit my wants and needs.

  169. Marilee Reinhart-Davieau says:

    I love having different bags, to match different outfits and moods, and making my own is the best way to have exactly what I want.

  170. The most I love about handmade bags is having a handmade unique item, that noone other has! Martina

  171. kriswithmany says:

    It’s been a very long time, but I love making it exactly the way I want. None of the “if only it were that color” regrets. I’ve been wanting to make some bags. Last time, I was a teenager!

  172. Aimee says:

    I love being able to make a bag for every mood and/or outfit that nobody else owns.