Simply Modern Patchwork Bags has a bag for every occasion. Janet Goddard has created a variety of projects using bright, bold, modern fabric. Using her patterns you will end up with a beautiful bag you will want to wear on a daily basis.
Projects in Simply Modern Patchwork Bags are graded as either ‘easy’ or ‘requires experience’. Each of the patterns have step-by-step instructions so even if you’re a novice, by the time you have made a couple of the easy bags and feel confident enough to move onto some more adventurous designs, the book will guide you through the process.
The book instantly draws you in with this bright, very achievable, Shoppers Tote Bag. Rated as easy, this tote is a go anywhere shopping bag that is given extra strength by the handles curving under the bag. Janet gives handy tips throughout the book, such as using a firmer lining product for this Shopper Tote to give it a good degree of stability.
Another project rated ‘easy’ is this Classic Clutch Bag. You could quickly make this bag to match an outfit for a special occasion or night out and add that extra wow factor to your outfit. You can change the red fabric for a luxurious silk or textured fabric to creative an alternative look.
How adorable is this lunch bag? With a strategic fabric choice it could work for you, your partner, children or friends. It even has a plastic lining so it can be wiped clean. It is rated as ‘requires experience’ as it needs you to cut bias strips and attach several patchwork pieces.
Another project in the book is this Gathered Top Tulip Bag; made with bright fabric it will brighten up your day and put a smile on your face. Not just pretty to look at, it is also practical with an extra pocket on the front and bag and the gathered top, which makes the bag surprisingly roomy. It is a different style of bag which is eye catching and stylish and although it is rated as ‘requires experience’ the book has really fantastic instructions with photo diagrams, so if you are a sewing pro or a beginner feeling adventurous, give it a go!
All in all Simply Modern Patchwork Bags is a great book. It has modern bags that you will actually want to wear in public and the fabric used gives you some great inspiration for your own fabric choices. Janet also gives instructions on fabric choices and preparation, materials and basic equipment. This is a perfect book for a beginner who is looking to gain experience and work their way up to more adventurous patterns.