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.