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Reviewed by: marcopesto

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Posted on: 7/1/14 8:52 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. I thought I had read through it carefully enough to avoid the previous pitfalls, but alas, I was wrong. There are many places where for instance, a loop holding the side-clasp SHOULD be put under the pocket BEFORE it is sewn down, but it is not written that way. You don't realize it's not there until the next page or so when wa-la! there is the stupid clasp under the pocket, now how did THAT get there? I would never recommend this book just based on it's horribly written instructions alone.

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marcopesto said...
Muffet, there are good bag books out there, just not this one, and it's a shame b/c it's just poor editing. Some of her ideas are great, and the photos are for most part also great. quathy knows what I mean, right quathy? It's so frustrating to have a bag all cut out, got your pieces ready and have started getting it put together only to run into problem after problem. And YES quathy, I did forget that part about her 'parts list' and how either incomplete it was or how there were parts listed that I never used! I just don't understand how something like this gets printed without anyone ever catching on to the issues at hand and either re-printing it or at least posting a corrections list online somewhere.
7/16/14 12:25 PM
quathy said...
Argh - i have this same book, and made one bag in it. It was a messenger style bag, and the measurements for the side/bottom piece were wrong! Fortunately it was too long instead of too short, so I just cut it and have an extra seam in the middle of that piece. But I totally agree with you - the instructions are bizarre. I did end up liking the bag, but with so many wonderful patterns out there I'll be darned if I ever make another thing from this book again. I recall that the instructions don't follow the normal process, either. For example, she listed quite a few pieces to cut out at the beginning of the project, but it wasn't a complete list. So after assembling a zippered pocket, you have to go back and cut out more fabric and interfacing and batting, etc. Frustrating if you're the sort of person who wants to do all the cutting at once, which I am!
7/3/14 0:15 AM
Mufffet said...
Glad you did this review because I am thinking about getting a bag book. PHEW!! Thanks!
7/2/14 2:18 PM

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