Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sewing Again and a book review

I took a bit of a break from crafting.
I was organizing and cleaning out and getting the cobwebs out.
But like most crafters,
I can't stay away long.

I bought this book by Amy Butler
from my favorite sewing store
along with some fabric to make the first project.
{yes, I am in love with our proteas that are in bloom}
This book has some very cute patterns in it and I plan on making every single one.
I got right to sewing and completed the first bag:

I am so excited with it.
I did add a couple pockets on the inside
{not the large ones, but a couple small ones on the inside at the ends}
Next time I will definately interface the pockets on the inside-
you can see how the pockets "fall" into the bag because they are so large.

It's a large bag and will be perfect for our vacation this summer.

The book has very cute patterns in it.
I will probably make them all over the next year.
Amy Butler always has a simplicity about the
way she does things that makes sewing logical.

My disappointment with this book is that there are not enough pictures
and these are not the easiest pattern instructions Amy Butler has done.
Instructions are fairly clear (but I often needed to read them a few times before I got it)
and some portions would have definitely been easier with a picture at hand.
If you have not made bags before I would recommend
one of her individual patterns first
(not in a book)
those come with nice pictures and clearer instructions.
Overall, a great book for the moderate sewer.

Added to
Tip Junkie handmade projects


  1. What a cute bag. Beautifully done!

  2. Love it! Great fabric choices. I can't wait to see what else you make. Also, thanks for making me feel quilty about the cobwebs that need removed from my house :)

  3. That bag is adorable! I love the fabrics too.

  4. Thanks, ladies!
    Ha ha, Amber! No feeling guilty-I know you've been sewing (which is WAY better than cleaning!) and I can't wait to see what you've done :)

  5. Love your take on this bag- more pockets is better! I have the book also but have yet to tackle any of its projects, until the geenormous fix-up-my-house-to-sell-it project is done (during which I'm way big missing my sewing machine...) My quibble with the book is the font size- COULD IT BE MADE ANY SMALLER PLEASE? Sorry for shouting but the font really is a bit too small (and light). The spiral book form is genius, the projects are creative, and the message to DIY is commendable, but it is somewhat annoying to read. Plus there could be a few more diagrams, as you suggest. I have been sewing for many years, but those who have not would likely find more diagrams extremely helpful.

  6. Hi,
    Visiting you from tip me tuesday. I an happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club if you're interested--connie, measuredbytheheart.blogspot.com