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Reviewed by: marcopesto

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Posted on: 7/1/14 8:48 PM
Author: Denise Clason
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I bought this book last year at a Jo-Ann Fabric sale when I got it for half price, paying about 13.00 for it, thinking it would be a bargain, having flipped through it and seeing many very cute bags ranging in size, difficulty and design.

I first made the diaper bag, since it was needed quite soon by a friend. I found the directions to be terribly written, many items left out completely and some just out of order. I did finish the bag, only because I've made many items in my many years of sewing and could rely on my own techniques and knowledge of sewing. I also quickly learned to read ahead and see where there were 'holes' in the directions. I finished the bag, the new Mom was thrilled to pieces, and I chalked it up to the bag just being more than usually complicated, with several outside zippered bags attached, linings and all of it of course being quilted.
I stuck the book back on my shelf and didn't pull it out until a few weeks ago when my son asked for a back pack for a co-worker. (Where he works they are gracious enough to have a hanger with many of my bags on it and she saw them and asked him to see if I could do such a project). As luck would have it, this was the ONLY book in my collection with a pattern for a back pack.

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marcopesto said...
I'm sorry my review, this one I mean, got cut off and posted before I finished it. The other one is more complete. I don't know how to get rid of this one and just have the other one, but to answer your question, yes, I did FINALLY get that back pack finished! It took twice as long as it should have b/c I had to keep re-reading and trying to figure out what she meant in several places. I also have written all over the book, with my own instructions and corrections. I was not happy with the finished product and wanted to just give it away and make her another one but my son took it to her anyway. She was, in fact thrilled with it, even paying me a bonus for making it so closely to what she had in mind! I thought it was way too small, seeming more child sized to me but she was happy, so what can I say? But if I had not already made quite a few bags, I would have NEVER been able to finish that back pack. There are quite a few flaws in it, b/c of steps the author left out and I didn't realize needed done until later when I'd see the piece in a photo! Whoa! When did that get put there? I'd flip back and never find where it said to put it there! So very frustrating, sort of like this book review flying away from my keyboard before I had finished it!
7/16/14 12:36 PM
ASiverson said...
Did you make the back pack from this book? Just curious.... Thank you!
7/2/14 11:26 AM

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