Hold It! – Book Review

30 Nov

‘Hold It – How to Sew Bags, Totes, Duffels, Pouches and More’ by Nancy Restuccia. I have had this book as long as I have been bag making…I like it because I can use it as a reference for little bits.  The first thing I learnt from it was ‘Crazy Patchwork’.  Someone had asked me to make a bag patchwork style to give the bag a recyled type of look.  Me, with no experience of patchwork at all apart from marvelling at my mothers creations with the question in my head “How on earth does she do that so perfectly?”

There are 22 projects in this book.  The measurements are all in inches, so nothing metric.  Each project tackles different style bags from totes to duffel bags, shoulder bags, gym bags.  Again it has been useful for the finer detail of bags.  It talks you through how to make handles with rope through and piping around seams.  It even talks you through how to laminate your own fabric which I have tried with sticky back plastic.  I will talk about the outcome of that at the end.  It also includes a project out of leather, a fabric I am tentative to try, although I would like to .  I found the information on adjustable strap useful, as it seems everybody likes their straps slighty different according to their own needs.

Although there are no photographs there are clear diagrams for some of the steps in each project.

A good, comprehensive guide to sewing a variety of bags.  Worth a look at.

Next week I will be reviewing Orla Kiely’s book ‘Pattern‘.  It is coming in the post.  mmmmh!

Sticky Back Plastic was recommended to me by someone on Burda Style Online, I thought it a revelation as laminate material is expensive and sometimes it would be fun to choose my own prints.  I am not sure my iron was hot enough as the sticky back plactic did pucker a bit.  Upholstery Fabric was recommended and I used heavy cotton maybe this affected the outcome.  Also, if you are interested in trying this out there is iron-on vinyl available on line and I have seen it at HobbyCraft.  It is however four times the price.  Good luck.

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