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Aug 11, 2014
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The Best of Threads Handbags, Summer 2014

YOU COULD WIN…
Threads is giving one lucky winner copies of: The Best of Threads Handbags (The Taunton Press, 2013), Modern Prairie Sewing (C&T Publishing, Inc., 2014), Big-City Bags (Martingale, 2013), and two Clover Trace ‘n Create templates for totes and tablet covers! With projects appropriate for all skill levels, these five items are full of sewing projects any sewer would love.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

  • The Best of Threads Handbags: This issue of Threads exclusively features clutches, purses, organizers, and totes, and is packed with instructions and patterns for 27 gorgeous projects as well as design-it-yourself projects for custom bags.
  • Modern Prairie Sewing: Abigail A. Long’s sewing guidebook includes easy and clever designs, which are perfect for beginners. Simply follow patterns for bags, skirts, scarves, quilts, and so much more! Author Abigail A. Long is a blogger and popular pattern maker at Marie-Madeline Studio.
  • Big-City Bags: This instructional book includes patterns and step-by-step guidance for handbags with style, sass, and sophistication. Choose from 12 designer-style bags and purses! Author Sara Lawson is a blogger and pattern designer whose work has appeared in Modern Quilting and Sew News.
  • Trace ‘n Create Templates: Nancy Zieman‘s Trace ‘n Create collection includes templates for totes as well as e-tablet and paper tablet keepers. The collection of tote templates includes three styles, and the size of the tablet keepers can be adjusted to the appropriate size.

ENTER TO WIN!
What type of bag would you sew? Comment below to be eligible to win this fantastic giveaway! Comment submissions must be completed before midnight ET on August 20th, 2014, for a chance to win. A random winner will be announced online and via email during the week of August 25, 2014. Good Luck!

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  1. User avater pattipat September 15th

    I love making bags and would enjoy some new styles to try. I'm getting so excited about getting back into sewing now that my new sewing room is almost ready to go.

  2. User avater user-2408404 August 20th

    I adore tote bags of all shapes and sizes. The more current stylish, the better!

  3. nancir August 20th

    I would make a cross body bag with pockets for all the essentials like cell phone etc. with a zippered pocket on the inside center large enough to hold a laptop that converts to a tablet.

  4. mdrgault August 20th

    What is it with bags? I have become obsessed with them - any shape, any size, for a multitude of uses! I have designed my own foldable shopping bag that fits into a pocket or purse, so I'm always ready for bargains, totes, shoe bags, purses, knitting bags - the list is endless. With the instructions in the books, I should be entertained endlessly as I sew myself through each and every one.

  5. User avater jade5 August 19th

    I will make two bags. First, a bag to fit next to my feet, in the car to carry my knitting when we travel.
    Second, I want to make a small backpack for shopping so the weight is not all on one shoulder.

  6. User avater Fadanista August 18th

    I would make a tote. You can never have too many totes!

  7. User avater Missahope August 18th

    Totes! Totes! Totes! One can never have too many totes!

  8. user-3485151 August 18th

    I would make tablet sleeves for my husband and myself

  9. User avater MaryAnneR August 18th

    I love making bags and purses, last year everyone in my family got a tote bag for Christmas. This year I would like to make them something a little more adventurous!

  10. User avater user-3556473 August 17th

    Living with my daughter and son-in-law, I only have my bedroom to keep my stuff in. I even gone so far as to put 8 inch risers under my bed to store my various crafts. I keep my crafts in various totes and bags. I really need some organizer bags for my sewing fabric, notions, tools, etc. Also I want to make some organizer totes and some backpacks for my daughter, her EMT co-workers and her friends. EMTs seem to carry a lot stuff to work. The books would be a great help.

  11. User avater user-3556473 August 17th

    Living with my daughter and son-in-law, I only have my bedroom to keep my stuff in. I even gone so far as to put 8 inch risers under my bed to store my various crafts. I keep my crafts in various totes and bags. I really need some organizer bags for my sewing fabric, notions, tools, etc. Also I want to make some organizer totes and some backpacks for my daughter, her EMT co-workers and her friends. EMTs seem to carry a lot stuff to work. The books would be a great help.

  12. User avater user-3556473 August 17th

    Living with my daughter and son-in-law, I only have my bedroom to keep my stuff in. I even gone so far as to put 8 inch risers under my bed to store my various crafts. I keep my crafts in various totes and bags. I really need some organizer bags for my sewing fabric, notions, tools, etc. Also I want to make some organizer totes and some backpacks for my daughter, her EMT co-workers and her friends. EMTs seem to carry a lot stuff to work. The books would be a great help.

  13. User avater user-3556473 August 17th

    Living with my daughter and son-in-law, I only have my bedroom to keep my stuff in. I even gone so far as to put 8 inch risers under my bed to store my various crafts. I keep my crafts in various totes and bags. I really need some organizer bags for my sewing fabric, notions, tools, etc. Also I want to make some organizer totes and some backpacks for my daughter, her EMT co-workers and her friends. EMTs seem to carry a lot stuff to work. The books would be a great help.

  14. User avater aspiretodesign August 17th

    I would make a lot of different designer-style bags.

  15. User avater MZW August 17th

    I would make a bag to use for travel especially overnight...to hold basic essentials. But, I love all sizes of bags...so any would work for me.

  16. User avater FirstSnow August 15th

    I would love to make these bags and would really use the templates a lot. I have a number of handles and bag hardware already and some fabric. This would complete what I need to get started!

  17. sewgramms August 15th

    I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.

  18. sewgramms August 15th

    I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.

  19. sewgramms August 15th

    I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.

  20. User avater SusanInBoston August 15th

    I'm looking to ditch my car, and when I don't have a trunk, I find that I need various kinds of bags for different purposes. I'm interested in gathering as many ideas as I can. No need to re-invent the wheel.

  21. User avater SusanInBoston August 15th

    I'm in the process of getting out of my car--forever--and I find that I could use various kinds of bags for various different purposes. I'm interested in coming up with some sort of system that can be folded and expanded, and am eager to have some sources for attractive ideas. Plus, I'm teaching someone to sew, and bags or placemats are great starter projects.

  22. User avater Margherita August 15th

    I would make tote bags of all sorts...whatever inspires me in the moment. I have some wonderful vintage fabric waiting for the perfect handbag pattern.

  23. User avater Chefti August 15th

    I have a piece of hand woven fabric that a friend made for me and want to make a bag that shows off the beautiful fabric she spent many hours making.

  24. User avater peej2 August 14th

    I need a new purse and I just got a new sewing machine. This would be a great project to break in my new Brother!

  25. User avater 247kath August 14th

    Love making purses and bags! Endless possibilities:)

  26. CrystalF August 14th

    I would make a messenger/laptop bag. I really need a new one and I want a really cute one.

  27. Pandagirl01 August 14th

    I'd would make a quilting tote that would fit all my necessary rulers for traveling.

  28. User avater bethzookie August 14th

    I would like to make a fashionable handbag to match my dresses.

  29. User avater bethzookie August 14th

    I would like to make a fashionable handbag to match my dresses.

  30. user-659305 August 14th

    I would make clutches and purses. This is a new skill that I am just learning. This would be so helpful.

  31. User avater decorchick August 14th

    Making bags is my favorite stress buster. I would make a satchel if I could just find a good pattern.

  32. User avater lorjmoon August 14th

    I would like to make a large bag from very bright fabric for Christmas gifts.

  33. user-3627033 August 14th

    I would make a big Tote with a really bright lining fabric. Something you don't get with shop bought bags, they usually have black lining and you can never find anything in them!

  34. user-1086726 August 14th

    I make all kind of things from recycled clothes and I would love to learn how to make a big city bag!

  35. User avater Andysmom August 14th

    My neighbor is has been going through IVF and is finally pregnant after trying for almost 10 years. Her and her husband are so excited. I would love to make a beautiful diaper bag along with an assortment of other baby boy items to go into the new nursery. I would think a nice tote bag pattern could be easily modified to make a handy diaper bag. My other neighbor who has four beautiful children can give me hints as to what is handy to have in the diaper bag because when I was a new mother we didn't have a lot of these new items, for example the cell phone. If I have time, I would add a quilt and bumper pad to the mix.

  36. Katie August 13th

    I want to make a bag for a friend who loves all kinds of bags and purses. I want to use some of my handpainted fabrics in a quilted part of the bag.

  37. lag21479 August 13th

    I need to make another ginormous bag to replace the one I've worn out. It has to be big enough to hold my regular prude, lunch bag, and sports bottle. The one I made 4 yrs ago is fraying on ghe handles, and isn't really the right size/shape for what I need. It was the first bag I've ever made (I naively thought it can't be all that hard) and I need some pointers in how to make a sturdier bag.

  38. user-1064229 August 13th

    It would be fun to make a bag to carry my iPad.

  39. felinecatz August 13th

    I'd like to make a pretty bag for my Mum to make her happy.

  40. User avater TwinsMommy August 13th

    I would love to learn to make clutches for the women in my family for the holidays. I have a tote / purse / bag addiction!!

  41. maryfc August 13th

    Would love to make tote/purses for my daughter -mother of 4 boys under 5!She deserves some style and convenience!

  42. user-3093908 August 13th

    I would löve to make a tall tote with inside pockets to hold a days worth of water bottles upright to carry to work. Would like enough room in the middle for plastic containers for salad and fruit.

  43. MarRitchie August 13th

    I would like a small-medium tote to carry water bottles and wallet. Hate having hands full and can't touch the fabric!

  44. User avater Dharmasmom August 13th

    I would love to make a leather designer bag!

  45. User avater ReneeDj August 13th

    I have made bags but would love to expand on that knowledge!

  46. User avater user-3233599 August 13th

    I'd love to sew a tote bag - one with plenty of places to organise everything neatly inside.

  47. cynsew August 13th

    I love to sew bags, I don't know which I would try first, but would get to them all eventually. Thank you for the chance to win!

  48. User avater amh61771 August 13th

    I would make a designer type bag. Stylish but practical.

  49. Carolsewmuch August 13th

    I'm currently enjoying making small purses from silk ties.

  50. Spizz August 13th

    I love tote bags and would probably make a tote bag.

  51. User avater jeansophie August 13th

    Definitely a duffle ... and a right-sized tote for my iPad and a few paper files ... and a cross body bag that's just large enough for my camera, my wallet, my phone and my sunglasses.

  52. User avater SnickerDoodle_Kids August 13th

    I'd like to sew a nice baby bag for my daughter. Something new and fresh!

  53. User avater Spunkie45 August 13th

    I need a new tote! Looking for to winning! Positive thinking here!

  54. scarfette August 13th

    I love to make shoulder bags to match my outfits.

  55. user-2335922 August 13th

    I need a laptop bag that carries my odd sized machine plus accessories. But I imagine these books would give me lots of ideas!

  56. User avater sewjazzy August 13th

    I love to make and carry leather bags. Would welcome some new tips for making them look ultra creative.

  57. User avater user-178494 August 13th

    I would start with a tote and go from there.

  58. User avater beadembroiderer August 13th

    Any bag to start with! I need a large tote for travel. I need a nice bay for going out. I need a nice clutch when I don't want to carry much. On the dream list, an embroidered bag or a crazy quilt piece made into a bag, a reversible brocade drawstring bag. Truly, the possibilities are endless!!!!

  59. SueC56 August 13th

    I'd make a large bag to carry all my extra stuff, a messenger bag size.

  60. User avater mad14kt August 13th

    I LOVE clutch purses/bags :)

  61. User avater Sewing__Sylvia August 13th

    The type of bag I would sew would definitely be one from your purse magazine or maybe one of each bag pattern offered in the magazine. I live all the purses & totes featured in there!

  62. User avater user-3450281 August 13th

    I love sewing bags of all sorts - I would make a messenger bag for a friend of mine, a new handbag for myself, a school bag for my daughter, the list goes on and on...

  63. User avater user-1130733 August 13th

    I love all kinds of bags but could use another tote with tons of pockets. Also, a cross-body bag again with lots of pockets and slots for cards.

  64. user-3440065 August 13th

    My bags keep being stolen! Need new patterns which are quick and easy.

  65. bennettd August 13th

    Something leather trimmed and tiny for travel. Big enough for my tablet, phone and I.d. Then I would be ready to go!

  66. susi August 13th

    I love making handbags, that way no one else has one just like it!!!

  67. User avater chelosunny August 13th

    I would like a bag for the fall and winter made out of woolen yardage.

  68. Sarahruth August 13th

    I would love to make leather bags with all types of styles. I purchase good, used leather coats in thrift stores...a great place to get the leather.

  69. User avater SweetKS August 13th

    I would definitely make an organizer bag. A woman can't have too many pockets to tuck important things into.

  70. user-370537 August 13th

    I'd love to make a messenger bag for my oldest kid to use for school and a cute shoulder bag for me!

  71. Madscouser August 13th

    I'd make a good sized day bag that is both practical but pretty, a rarity on the high-street!

  72. User avater annieDEE2 August 13th

    a crossbody bag or a messenger bag. i love both styles.

  73. user-262412 August 13th

    Definitely a bag with lots of pockets.

  74. Designer_maker August 13th

    Would love to make a strong sophisticated big, hold all, barrel bag with leather handles. Need all the help I can get to achieve it though!

  75. User avater user-913736 August 13th

    Definitely the cover bag with the pink flowers!

  76. User avater Subscriber_in_NYC August 13th

    I had some nice patterns for handbags and can't find them anymore. makes me sad, because I never got to make them and have no idea where they are, LOL! Guess I have to start all over - I would love to try some new templates for creating a few interesting handbags!

  77. User avater vancouverlori August 13th

    I'd definitely sew up some smaller handbags, so I don't carry so much junk. Cuz a girl can never have to many handbags can she?

  78. TRACIEJB August 13th

    I'd try a satchel first!

  79. User avater lmichelle August 13th

    I'd love a bag with some really fun bling on it. And something original.

  80. User avater malsews August 13th

    I love making purses! Most of mine are like the Vera Bradley styles. Everytime I make one I have to make 5 alike for all my lady relatives!

  81. User avater KaronJohnson August 13th

    I would love to just try new and beautiful bags. Great for a gift or just for my self.

  82. User avater Tinan5522 August 13th

    I need to make weekend bags for when my three grandchildren come to visit

  83. User avater Sharonsews August 13th

    I have about 3 of Nancy's templates, and love how they turned out! Now I would like to make some 'faux' leather bags.

  84. sobarch August 13th

    I'd like to make a stylish and sleek work tote with a cleanable lining for my lunch and a pocket for my tablet.

  85. User avater lrldelrosso August 13th

    I would love to try sewing a crossbody bag, or maybe even something a little more formal, like a clutch.

  86. User avater quiltermachine August 13th

    I have some felted wool sweaters I want to turn into bags but need some inspiration. I would love to make more denim bags as gifts.

  87. User avater paulaberon70 August 13th

    Thats one thing i have for sure, TOTES, I just love them.

  88. User avater bluestar August 13th

    I would probably sew a tote bag. I love the bigger size and I use them for everything!

  89. beenbusy August 13th

    I love to sew bags to give away as gifts - so I like to sew them all!

  90. MaryElaine64 August 12th

    I am a lover of purses & clutches. I can't imagine any I wouldn't love to try

  91. User avater user-1138583 August 12th

    I would love to make a lot of different handbags. I love handbags and I am interested in making vintage bags also.

  92. User avater Marty_Marie August 12th

    I just got ahold of some leather from a friend who works in a furniture factory so im looking for the perfect purse pattern to use it up. Im thinking i prefer the dufflebag style handbags

  93. User avater WillaMcNeill August 11th

    I like making bags of all sizes. Itty bitty to great big. Lots of tech cozies too. Would enjoy getting more information about bag making.

  94. User avater ShiningStar August 11th

    I would like to make a medium sized messenger bag.

  95. User avater CatDoesIt August 11th

    I need the right-sized bag for a weekend away, that would be my first make!

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