I intentionally held off on posting my review of Patchwork Quilted Bags - Totes, Purses and Accessories by Reiko Washizawa because after looking through it I realized it would make a great holiday gift for someone who loves to sew or quilt. There isn't a bad project in this entire book, and it's one that would be appropriate for a beginner or a seasoned artist. This book paired with some cute fabric or a fabric shop gift card would make anyone who sews very happy. Take it from someone who sews.
The book starts off with some basic quilting instructions. I really like the diagrams and instructions for drafting the various shapes used in the projects (squares, hexagon, rhombus, etc.) Some of those shapes can be tough to figure out on your own.
There are lots of diagrams and photos throughout, which those of us who are very visual can appreciate.
I noticed a few of the projects take a simple idea, like this patchwork bag, and add a few touches to make it special, like the binding and handles.
I think this bag might be my favorite, but that could be because it's perfect for the season we're in and it looks so cozy. Ask me again in the spring.
If you had asked me before I read this book, I would have said a bag made from yo-yos would probably look a little dated. Now all I can think is how great this bag would be to carry to a party.
I like this pretty, but practical, folding shopping bag. Come to think of it, you might want to give yourself this book and make gifts from it.
How cute are these little lesson bags?
Starting with the intro, and sprinkled throughout the book, there are stories and anecdotes from the author. I enjoyed them. She writes with such a sweet, gentle style, it made me feel like someone I knew was teaching me how to make the projects. Not something I would have expected from this type of book, but definitely welcome.
This is a nice little set for someone who sews, or someone who has expressed an interest and you want to help them get started.
This strawberry pouch! This might be that spring favorite I mentioned earlier.
Can you imagine all the fabric combos for this one? Something about this says teen gift to me.
Just like with the previous pages, the instructions are loaded with pics and are very thorough.
There are so many things I want to make in this book, I don't even know where to start! Chapter 1 it is!