Learn professional techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for making couture bags
Let’s be honest: when you make a bag, you want it to be constructed well and finished beautifully - with that professional edge that sets apart homemade and handmade. In this how-to book, accomplished bag maker Nicole Mallalieu reveals her high-end techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for professional design and finishes. Graded and ordered by degree of difficulty, the 10 featured projects teach a range of expert skills - from adjusting the proportion of the pattern to constructing pockets, straps, flaps, and bases. By the end of this book, you’ll not only have a closetful of polished bags - you’ll likely sew better than you ever imagined!
• Internationally recognized handbag designer and founder of YOU SEW GIRL!, Nicole Mallalieu, shares her professional secrets, shortcuts, and techniques for sewing fashionable bags
• One simple pattern is all you need to create a bevy of bags, from totes to backpacks to weekenders
• 10 skill-building projects, fully explained with detailed tutorials and illustrations, make this book a source of inspiration and instruction
Review Library Journal - March 19, 2014
Bags are a popular project for sewists of all levels - they're a great way to showcase favorite fabrics, without all the fuss of garment fitting. The first third of Mallalieu's book focuses on step-by-step tutorials for techniques specific to sewing bags, such as choosing interfacing, preparing and attaching pockets (including zippered pockets), and attaching hardware such as snaps, clasps, purse feet, and strap rings. These lessons are followed by a basic tote pattern with detailed instructions, placing the techniques within the context of an actual bag pattern and allowing novices to build confidence. The other ten designs feature a variety of styles, from chic overnight bags to a stylish satchel to a convertible backpack-tote, and all of the patterns expand on the skills and methods covered at the beginning of the book. Pattern sheets are included. VERDICT While these plans are useful, the technique tutorials are the highlight here - they contain information that can be applied to many bag patterns, not just the ones in this collection. Sewists of every ability level will appreciate having a wealth of bag-making information in a single volume.
Review sewcalgal.com - April 13, 2014
If you are going to purchase just one book on making bags, this should be it. It is comprehensive for all techniques required to make spectacular bags from zippers, handles, pockets, lining and more. This should also be a "must have" for any teacher that facilitates classes on making bags or totes. No doubt about it, with this book you'll definitely be a Better Bag Maker!
Review By: Maeri Howard, - April 30, 2014
Great illustrations and clear instructions means a new bag is just waiting for you!I have followed this author Nicole Mallalieu's blog for years - watching her make delicious bags (amongst a whole load of other things). When I saw this book and realised the author of Better Bag Maker was Nicole, I knew I would not be disappointed and I was 100% correct. The bags are so on trend, the fabrics tasteful and the illustrations and technical information are excellent. Well done Nicole on a great book and I hope that there is another one in the pipeline.
Review Creative Bug - June 16, 2014
Nicole is a bag-making expert and this book is perfect for the person who:a) likes bags.?b) wants to make bags.?c) wants to make bags that won’t fall apart after a few uses.Is this you? Because it’s definitely us.What’s fun about The Better Bag Maker is that each bag tutorial in the book is a slightly-tweaked version of the same pattern. They start simple (hi, beginners) and end with fairly advanced techniques (we’re looking at you, people-who-can-confidently-sew-zippers). Tools and materials are pretty basic (a functional sewing machine, scissors, fabric, interfacing), but Nicole definitely explains the what and how of all the extra goodies that will take your bag making to the next level. You’ll learn how to use interfacing to reinforce your projects, how to add hardware, and why straps are important.
Review FabShop News - June 3, 2014
Learn professional techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for making couture bags with this new book, The Better Bag Maker: An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design by Nicole Mallalieu.10 skill-building projects, fully explained with detailed tutorials and illustrations, make this book a source of inspiration and instruction.Internationally recognized handbag designer and founder of the blog YOU SEW GIRL!, Nicole Mallalieu, shares her professional secrets, shortcuts, and techniques for sewing fashionable bags.
Review Down Under Quilts Magazine - June 1, 2014
This book by Melbourne-based designer Nicole Mallalieu is a must have if you want to learn to make your own bags. Apart from the 10 fresh and modern projects – ranging from a simple tote bag to a denim weekender with zippered and twist-lock closures – it contains chapters about tools and materials (with a useful interfacing guide) and basic bag-making techniques, such as pockets, straps, bag bases and closures. The instructions are clear with lots of photos and illustrations.
Review Quilter's Digest - June 1, 2014
Nicole is an internationally recognized handbag designer, and here she shares with you her professional techniques shortcuts and secrets for making couture bags. Seta part a homemade bag from a handmade bag! The projects in this book are graded and ordered by degree of difficulty and will teach you a range of expert skills from adjusting the proportion of the pattern to constructing pockets, straps, flaps and bases.
Review AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com - June 23, 2014
If you have an addiction to bags, like me, its a great plan to start creating your own. Learn how to make gorgeous, sturdy, purses and tote bags that you'll be proud to wear around town. These quality patterns make quality bags that are ideal for a wide variety of occasions and events. The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu is the only book that you will need to learn how to make bag. This purse sewing pattern book is a comprehensive guide full of technique, tips, tricks, and simple-to-read patterns.