I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sara Lawson’s brand new sewing book, Windy City Bags, and I thought I would tell you bit of my thoughts about it.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Purse. I am constantly torn between the need to carry my essential stuff (credit cards, phone, lip balm, nail clippers…) but really hate carrying a purse. This is an especially real problem now that I am in school since I have a book bag and often art supplies to haul around too.
Long story start: I currently carry a woefully inadequate wallet “purse” that is nice to fit inside my book bag but a pain that I have to carry my phone separately (blast the ginormous iPhone 6!!).
Long story finish: I am super excited that Sara’s book as an awesome looking backpack…
How about perfect for my laptop and drawing book (plus wallet, phone, etc) on school days, and I can wear it on my back while I carry my art supplies! I am so excited about this. No more book bag plus art bag (last semester on project days, I felt like a mule carrying all my goods). I read through the pattern and I think I can pull it off (feeling pretty ambitious to break into this level of 3-D sewing, but my mom is coming to visit and will hold my hand). I even ordered some cute Cloud9 canvas from Hawthorne Threads.
You can tell I am excited about the backpack, but Windy City Bags has other beautiful projects, too. There are 12 different purse and bag pattens all together…quite a good selection. Another I like is this rather deep-looking tote…great for magazines or hand sewing at soccer practice with the kids.
You can tell I like utility style bags, and so I am also interested in this duffel. I previously made Sara’s Aeroplane bag, it’s kind of like a duffel, and I love it. I cannot believe how much stuff it holds!
Anyway, 2016 might be my year for expanding my sewing horizons. If you are interested in trying out bag-making, Windy City Bags has a lot to offer.