Simply Sublime Bags
30 No-Sew, Low-Sew Projects
By Jodi Kahn
(Potter Craft, Paperback, 9780307393623, 128pp.)
Publication Date: July 8, 2008
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You’ll tire of hearing “Where did you get that bag?”
Simply Sublime Bags offers the secrets to creating four-figure-price-tag-worthy bags. And most of them only take an afternoon! Whether it’s a casual carryall or a ritzy, patent leather clutch, the envy of your friends is only a few hours away.
Why break the bank for a designer bag when you can easily make your own unique fashion statement? In Simply Sublime Bags, you’ll find 30 do-it-yourself, clever and affordable handbag projects—all of which require little to no sewing. With inventive methods of construction (like duct-taped reinforced interiors and iron fusing), these hip handbags, totes, and clutches have all the looks that bag-lovers want—the shine of patent leather, Chanel-style chain straps, or even funky logos—and each can be personalized to your own taste. The materials are easy to find in hardware, home, office supply, and fabric stores—sometimes even in your own closet!
• Charmed, I’m Sure—brightly colored vinyl makeup bags with vintage plastic charm zipper pulls
• Keyhole Clutch—pink-and-white houndstooth fabric lined with duct tape, with keyhole cutouts for handles
• Shower Curtain Tote—you guessed it, a funky fabric tote made from a shower curtain
• Nights in Black Satin—an elegant evening clutch made from satin ribbon stapled together and adorned with a rhinestone earring clasp
Day to evening, totes to clutches, and everything in between, Simply Sublime Bags has something for every occasion. The results? Simply sublime!
JODI KAHN is a writer and former television producer who has worked on programs such as Late Night with David Letterman and The Jon Stewart Show. Her articles have appeared in several magazines, including Real Simple and Time Out New York, and she is also the author of The Little Pink Book of Elegance. Kahn lives in Larchmont, New York, with her husband and two children.