Fellow Stash Books author Mary Abreu has written a fantastic book about bag-making secrets, which will not only teach you how to make 11 specific projects (a pool tote, wine bottle bag, messenger bag with flap), but how to make some simple modifications to the size, shape and extras of that bag to make ANY kind of bag you'd like.
See the "zip-top purse" on the left? Looks complicated. But after you've tackled several of the beginner-friendly projects (like the "basic tote bag" in the middle), you'll gain the confidence to add zippers and purse hardware. That's what this book is all about! Growing your skills and not being afraid to get in there and try out some new techniques.
I didn't have any cording or the cord-stop fastener required in the pattern, so I started by making my own 4-fold strapping from quilting fabric. (Mary will teach you how to make straps in the book!) I was just planning to tie knots in the ends and rig up my own drawstring cord.
Well, wouldn't you know it... before I was done, I found a leftover drawstring cord and casing with the plastic cord stop from a mesh laundry bag. (I sometimes buy and cut up mesh laundry bags to use the mesh in other projects.) Score!
This project was so liberating, because I didn't feel any pressure to follow the rules. Mary's book is all about taking a pattern and making it with your own special flair! Her tips on interfacing and stabilizers, plus common pattern hacks, will help you make a bag that you're really proud of.
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