Bag design and a new bag book


I love making bags – I find the whole process of their construction really fascinating, if quite challenging at times.  So when a friend of mine from parenting forums asked me if I’d make a nappy-change bag using lots of pretty fabrics and baby sling-style  rings, I was happy to have a go.

Here’s the design I came up with, along with the photo of the finished bag.  I thought that this was a really good way to showcase lots of gorgeous fabrics, and fortunately my friend really liked the idea.  I’m quite amazed actually at how similar the finished item is to the drawing…

A custom order nappy change bag
Desgin for a custom order nappy change bag

The fabrics I’ve used are a lovely set of Fat Quarters from The Cotton Patch called Summer Solstice (by RJR fabrics), and a scrumptious organic crossweave cotton from Ray-Stitch.

Tuesday is Book Day at Very Berry, and as I have bags on my mind I thought I’d mention a new bag making book that’s out just now. The brilliant Lisa Lam of (which is a great shop for bag making supplies & patterns by the way), has written the Bag Making Bible, with a foreword by Amy Butler.  It’s described as being ‘technique-led’ which sounds promising, as a lot of bag making books are hot on style, but don’t have a whole lot of substance, especially if you need to learn the basics of bag construction.  There’s a sneak preview over at Lisa’s blog, and it certainly looks as if it’s going to be a fantastic reference as well as containing some brilliant patterns.   I’ve used Lisa’s tutorials in the past and have always found them very detailed and well written.  So if you’re interested in trying some bag making then this looks like it could be great investment.  If you pop round to the U-handbag shop you can pick up signed copies of the book too.

14 thoughts on “Bag design and a new bag book

  1. What a beautiful design and bag. I love making bags too, the shapes are so beautifully simple and practical. And when a pattern works it a fantastic feeling. Well Done. Dianna

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