3 thoughts on “The Bag Generating Bible: The Whole Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Distinctive Bags

  1. Sarah Moon
    105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding Reference & Pattern Book for Bag Sewers, September 22, 2010
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    Sarah Moon (Portland, OR) –

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    I had this book on preorder early on, because I was familiar with Lisa Lam’s excellent blog about bag sewing–it’s one of the few sewing books I’ve ordered without reading any reviews. I just knew that it would be good, since Lisa’s blog is so outstanding. Fortunately, I was not at all disappointed.

    The book is really two books in one. First, it’s an excellent reference book that gives you all the details you need to construct your own bags, from basics like gussets, to more advanced techniques involving hardware. There are tips and tricks interspersed throughout the book, and I really learned a lot on the first read (and I’ve sew a lot of bags!).

    The Bag Making Bible is also a project book with eight patterns to sew. The projects range from simple totes to complex projects such as a briefcase-type messenger. While eight projects isn’t as many as you often see in sewing books, they’re eight high-quality projects, and no filler like is so common in craft books. The photography of the process of bag-making is really helpful as well, especially when it comes to illustrating techniques related to unfamiliar hardware. One of the things that stands out to me, is that the author chose to make her sample projects in a variety of fabrics, rather than the quilting cotton that’s so commonly used for all projects in sewing books–this really shows the diversity of looks you can achieve by making your own bags.

    If I could improve two things about this book, I would change the binding to lay-flat spiral binding and alter the pattern sheets so they can be used without tracing. However, both of those design choices do keep the price of this excellent book lower, so they are small complaints greatly outweighed by the high-quality instruction in the Bag Making Bible.

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  2. Alison M Janvrin
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!!’, May 10, 2016
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    This review is from: The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags (Paperback)
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!
    I’ve already recommended it to other sewing friends. It’s starts with educating you on sewing machine, notions, interfacing and even fabrics that you’d use for creating your bag or tote. Teaches you to use patterns. The information is helpful for all sewing needs. It helps you with zippers, snaps and Velcro pockets and different closers. There are tutorials and patterns for several bags including a weekend bag, office bag and a clutch to name a few. The patterns alone pay for the book.
    I purchased another book that had good information and patterns, but this book is is more detailed. I think it’s detailed enough for a pre-teen or and child with some sewing knowledge could follow this book. I say it’s for beginners or intermediate sewer, but I would also recommend it for the person that has years of sewing under their belt. Just because it has patterns for some fun bags and just a great book to add to your collection.

    Did I say, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

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  3. boonepharm
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Super frustrating! Were the patterns tested before publication?!?, March 17, 2013
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    I’m pretty good with a sewing machine and have made tons of projects. I bought this book because of the high number of good reviews, and because I fell in love with the Getaway Bag pattern and HAD to make it. I finally got my stuff together, went shopping with the list from the book, and got started yesterday. Wow. Just wow. I finished cutting the pieces today. It took me probably 3 hours total yesterday and today to get everything cut and laid out. I like to take my time to make sure I don’t mess up my pieces and have to redo steps or make a fabric run because I’ve goofed myself all out of fabric. I have already found 1 pattern error, 3 errors in the cutting list, and I suspect one more, although I won’t be sure until I start construction. I haven’t worked out the math yet, but her shopping list will short you on exterior trim fabric and interfacing. I ran out of interfacing and exterior trim fabric. There are 2 places in the cutting list where is says exterior fabric when it should say exterior TRIM fabric. I figured one of them out before I cut, but I didn’t pick up on the other until after I had everything cut and I realized that I was missing some pieces.

    The bags are lovely, but beware. Read carefully, and take everything with a grain of salt. I don’t think the patterns were proofed or tested before publication, as these are errors that could have been easily caught during testing.

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