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"An entire book of stress-free, pattern-free bags to sew from the creative brain of Lexie Barnes. From tiny pouches to tailored messenger bags the instructions are clear. She manages to keep even the most complex bag to only 8 steps, easy enough to tempt this only sometime sewer to make almost everything in the book. Pay attention to the section on choosing and combining fabrics. Lexie’s years of experience running her bag company make this information invaluable. And yes, she includes a list of great places to get cool fabric, like the ones she uses in the book."
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In Lexie's book, she shows you how to use fun, bright 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." Read the full review
"I anxiously awaited for my book to arrive and I have to say, I've not been disappointed! What's so special about this bag book? For starters, it has variety. Most of the bag books that I currently own typically focus on handbags with a tote thrown in here and there. Sew What! Bags has a little bit of everything for all sewing skill levels including eyeglass cases, tissue pouches, backpacks (drawstring bag worn on your back), messenger bags, and tool aprons." Read the full review
"Sew What! Bags is wonderful. If you're a sewer (excuse me, "sewist"), especially one that's daunted by sewing patterns (me!), get this right now. The photos, fabrics, and projects are completely inspiring, and you'll feel happy just looking at it. I kept thinking, "This is my style. I would make that. And that. And that." It's a spiral bound hardcover so it lays flat, and it's a great price!"
"Lexie Barnes' Sew What! Bags is my new favorite book. Lexie does a fantastic job with this straightforward instructional book. What I love about it is that basically it is a template for a wide variety of bag patterns. It is done incredibly well, like all Storey book are. Even a complete beginner, like me, can pick this up and make beautiful bags." Read the full review
"This one is fun because all the projects are pattern-free and you customize the project to fit your own needs/style. The directions are very clear and there are projects for everything from brand new to sewing all the way to very experienced." Read the full review