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ย A while ago my late Mother’s sewing machine blew up, I invested in a new one and wanted to start making bags. After a search on dear old Amazon, I discovered and quickly purchased the book I will be reviewing today;

Sew What! Bags

Title: Sew What! Bags

18 Pattern free Projects you can cusomize to fit your needs

Author: Lexie Barnes

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-60342-092-1

Reason for Buying

Having just bought the new sewing machine, I was all excited and knew that I wanted to make bags but with no previous experience, I needed a book that would take me from day one absolute basics.


Chapter 1; How to Use this book

Chapter 2; Sewing Basics

Chapter 3; Warm Up Projects

  • Eyeglasses Case
  • Tissue Pouch
  • Grocery Bag Tube
  • Map Sack
  • Zippered Wristlet

Chapter 4: Totes

  • Tiny Tote
  • Reversible Tote
  • Tool Tote

Chapter 5: Drawstring Sacks

  • Ditty Bag
  • Back Pack
  • Sling Sack

Chapter 6: Messenger Bags

  • Personal Purse
  • DJ Bag
  • City Satchel

Chapter 7: Organizers

  • Tool Apron
  • Artist’s Roll
  • Tool Holster
  • Caddy



The biggest advantage of this book for me, is that it assumes no prior knowledge! The early sections of the book explain about choosing fabrics, tools and accessories needed to start sewing. There are diagrams to show you how to achieve the various techniques mentioned. Each project has a supplies list, so you know what you need to get. I like how there are no patterns, patterns freak me out, no idea what all the symbols on them mean. This book teaches you how to make your ownd designs to your own requirements. Complete freedom ๐Ÿ™‚ From this I did indeed make my own pattern, with notes to help me out as I make the bag up ๐Ÿ™‚ It gives you a great sence of achievement. Projects start simple and get progressively more complex later in the book, so it will be something you will still use later on.

The book is spiral bound so it will lie flat next to you as you work, if you wish to refer to it as you go along.


I really can’t find any downsides to this book, there is something for all levels.

Would I buy it Again/recommend it to friends?


Summing Up

If you are just starting out with sewing and want to learn through projects, then this book is perfect. The sections at the beginning are so helpful with advice on all the techniques mentioned in the book. It takes you from simple to more complex projects, so it is a book that will still be valuable once you are more confident.

What I like most is the fact that although the projects are well explained, as you progress you feel that you could alter things here and there and customise each project. If you learn a technique in an earlier section, you could add that element in a later design. I do like books like this, that really explain things well, but give you room to add your own ideas too.

A must have book for anyone interested in making bags, much less intimidating than other books around.




Lexie Barnes Author’s Blog

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ๐Ÿ™‚


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