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The Best of Threads Handbags, Summer 2014
Modern Prairie Sewing by Abigail A. Long
Big City Bags by Sara Lawson
Trace n Create bag templates by Nancy Zieman
Trace n Create tablet templates by Nancy Zieman
The Best of Threads Handbags, Summer 2014

The Best of Threads Handbags, Summer 2014

Photo: The Taunton Press, 2013

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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Comments (96)

pattipat pattipat writes: 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.
Posted: 9:16 pm on September 15th

user-2408404 user-2408404 writes: I adore tote bags of all shapes and sizes. The more current stylish, the better!
Posted: 6:49 pm on August 20th

nancir nancir writes: 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.
Posted: 10:13 am on August 20th

mdrgault mdrgault writes: 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.
Posted: 9:57 am on August 20th

jade5 jade5 writes: 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.
Posted: 10:06 am on August 19th

Fadanista Fadanista writes: I would make a tote. You can never have too many totes!
Posted: 11:19 pm on August 18th

Missahope Missahope writes: Totes! Totes! Totes! One can never have too many totes!
Posted: 11:02 pm on August 18th

RushW RushW writes: I would make tablet sleeves for my husband and myself
Posted: 11:16 am on August 18th

MaryAnneR MaryAnneR writes: 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!
Posted: 7:20 am on August 18th

user-3556473 user-3556473 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:42 pm on August 17th

user-3556473 user-3556473 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:41 pm on August 17th

user-3556473 user-3556473 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:28 pm on August 17th

user-3556473 user-3556473 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:27 pm on August 17th

aspiretodesign aspiretodesign writes: I would make a lot of different designer-style bags.
Posted: 6:45 pm on August 17th

MZW MZW writes: 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.
Posted: 10:49 am on August 17th

FirstSnow FirstSnow writes: 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!
Posted: 2:12 pm on August 15th

sewgramms sewgramms writes: I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.
Posted: 11:08 am on August 15th

sewgramms sewgramms writes: I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.
Posted: 11:07 am on August 15th

sewgramms sewgramms writes: I've made a couple of bags. It's my new thing. I'd love to learn more.
Posted: 11:07 am on August 15th

SusanInBoston SusanInBoston writes: 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.
Posted: 9:42 am on August 15th

SusanInBoston SusanInBoston writes: 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.
Posted: 9:00 am on August 15th

Margherita Margherita writes: 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.
Posted: 2:56 am on August 15th

Chefti Chefti writes: 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.
Posted: 1:19 am on August 15th

peej2 peej2 writes: 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!
Posted: 8:30 pm on August 14th

247kath 247kath writes: Love making purses and bags! Endless possibilities:)
Posted: 7:25 pm on August 14th

CrystalF CrystalF writes: I would make a messenger/laptop bag. I really need a new one and I want a really cute one.
Posted: 2:13 pm on August 14th

Pandagirl01 Pandagirl01 writes: I'd would make a quilting tote that would fit all my necessary rulers for traveling.
Posted: 1:19 pm on August 14th

bethzookie bethzookie writes: I would like to make a fashionable handbag to match my dresses.
Posted: 12:21 pm on August 14th

bethzookie bethzookie writes: I would like to make a fashionable handbag to match my dresses.
Posted: 12:21 pm on August 14th

user-659305 user-659305 writes: I would make clutches and purses. This is a new skill that I am just learning. This would be so helpful.
Posted: 10:12 am on August 14th

decorchick decorchick writes: Making bags is my favorite stress buster. I would make a satchel if I could just find a good pattern.
Posted: 7:07 am on August 14th

lorjmoon lorjmoon writes: I would like to make a large bag from very bright fabric for Christmas gifts.
Posted: 6:27 am on August 14th

user-3627033 user-3627033 writes: 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!
Posted: 3:32 am on August 14th

user-1086726 user-1086726 writes: I make all kind of things from recycled clothes and I would love to learn how to make a big city bag!
Posted: 2:52 am on August 14th

Andysmom Andysmom writes: 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.
Posted: 12:04 am on August 14th

Katie Katie writes: 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.
Posted: 10:48 pm on August 13th

lag21479 lag21479 writes: 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.
Posted: 9:31 pm on August 13th

user-1064229 user-1064229 writes: It would be fun to make a bag to carry my iPad.

Posted: 9:29 pm on August 13th

felinecatz felinecatz writes: I'd like to make a pretty bag for my Mum to make her happy.
Posted: 8:50 pm on August 13th

TwinsMommy TwinsMommy writes: I would love to learn to make clutches for the women in my family for the holidays. I have a tote / purse / bag addiction!!
Posted: 8:50 pm on August 13th

maryfc maryfc writes: Would love to make tote/purses for my daughter -mother of 4 boys under 5!She deserves some style and convenience!
Posted: 8:42 pm on August 13th

user-3093908 user-3093908 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:30 pm on August 13th

MarRitchie MarRitchie writes: I would like a small-medium tote to carry water bottles and wallet. Hate having hands full and can't touch the fabric!
Posted: 8:30 pm on August 13th

Dharmasmom Dharmasmom writes: I would love to make a leather designer bag!
Posted: 7:53 pm on August 13th

ReneeDj ReneeDj writes: I have made bags but would love to expand on that knowledge!
Posted: 7:33 pm on August 13th

user-3233599 user-3233599 writes: I'd love to sew a tote bag - one with plenty of places to organise everything neatly inside.
Posted: 7:28 pm on August 13th

cynsew cynsew writes: 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!
Posted: 7:16 pm on August 13th

amh61771 amh61771 writes: I would make a designer type bag. Stylish but practical.
Posted: 6:46 pm on August 13th

Carolsewmuch Carolsewmuch writes: I'm currently enjoying making small purses from silk ties.
Posted: 6:44 pm on August 13th

Spizz Spizz writes: I love tote bags and would probably make a tote bag.
Posted: 5:52 pm on August 13th

jeansophie jeansophie writes: 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.
Posted: 5:18 pm on August 13th

SnickerDoodle_Kids SnickerDoodle_Kids writes: I'd like to sew a nice baby bag for my daughter. Something new and fresh!
Posted: 4:24 pm on August 13th

Spunkie45 Spunkie45 writes: I need a new tote! Looking for to winning! Positive thinking here!
Posted: 4:01 pm on August 13th

scarfette scarfette writes: I love to make shoulder bags to match my outfits.
Posted: 3:43 pm on August 13th

user-2335922 user-2335922 writes: I need a laptop bag that carries my odd sized machine plus accessories. But I imagine these books would give me lots of ideas!
Posted: 3:22 pm on August 13th

sewjazzy sewjazzy writes: I love to make and carry leather bags. Would welcome some new tips for making them look ultra creative.
Posted: 2:41 pm on August 13th

user-178494 user-178494 writes: I would start with a tote and go from there.
Posted: 2:27 pm on August 13th

beadembroiderer beadembroiderer writes: 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!!!!
Posted: 2:07 pm on August 13th

SueC56 SueC56 writes: I'd make a large bag to carry all my extra stuff, a messenger bag size.
Posted: 2:02 pm on August 13th

mad14kt mad14kt writes: I LOVE clutch purses/bags :)
Posted: 1:53 pm on August 13th

Sewing__Sylvia Sewing__Sylvia writes: 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!
Posted: 1:51 pm on August 13th

user-3450281 user-3450281 writes: 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...
Posted: 1:44 pm on August 13th

user-1130733 user-1130733 writes: 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.
Posted: 1:27 pm on August 13th

MexiChica MexiChica writes: My bags keep being stolen! Need new patterns which are quick and easy.
Posted: 1:23 pm on August 13th

bennettd bennettd writes: Something leather trimmed and tiny for travel. Big enough for my tablet, phone and I.d. Then I would be ready to go!
Posted: 1:05 pm on August 13th

susi susi writes: I love making handbags, that way no one else has one just like it!!!
Posted: 12:48 pm on August 13th

chelosunny chelosunny writes: I would like a bag for the fall and winter made out of woolen yardage.
Posted: 12:36 pm on August 13th

Sarahruth Sarahruth writes: 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.
Posted: 12:26 pm on August 13th

SweetKS SweetKS writes: I would definitely make an organizer bag. A woman can't have too many pockets to tuck important things into.
Posted: 12:25 pm on August 13th

wrieder wrieder writes: I'd love to make a messenger bag for my oldest kid to use for school and a cute shoulder bag for me!
Posted: 12:24 pm on August 13th

Madscouser Madscouser writes: I'd make a good sized day bag that is both practical but pretty, a rarity on the high-street!
Posted: 12:01 pm on August 13th

annieDEE2 annieDEE2 writes: a crossbody bag or a messenger bag. i love both styles.
Posted: 11:55 am on August 13th

Grmary Grmary writes: Definitely a bag with lots of pockets.
Posted: 11:52 am on August 13th

Designer_maker Designer_maker writes: 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!
Posted: 11:50 am on August 13th

user-913736 user-913736 writes: Definitely the cover bag with the pink flowers!
Posted: 11:49 am on August 13th

Subscriber_in_NYC Subscriber_in_NYC writes: 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!
Posted: 11:44 am on August 13th

vancouverlori vancouverlori writes: 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?
Posted: 11:34 am on August 13th

TRACIEJB TRACIEJB writes: I'd try a satchel first!
Posted: 11:16 am on August 13th

lmichelle lmichelle writes: I'd love a bag with some really fun bling on it. And something original.
Posted: 11:14 am on August 13th

malsews malsews writes: 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!

Posted: 11:05 am on August 13th

KaronJohnson KaronJohnson writes: I would love to just try new and beautiful bags. Great for a gift or just for my self.
Posted: 11:01 am on August 13th

KaronJohnson KaronJohnson writes: I would love to just try new and beautiful bags. Great for a gift or just for my self.
Posted: 11:01 am on August 13th

Tinan5522 Tinan5522 writes: I need to make weekend bags for when my three grandchildren come to visit
Posted: 11:00 am on August 13th

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

Posted: 10:59 am on August 13th

sobarch sobarch writes: I'd like to make a stylish and sleek work tote with a cleanable lining for my lunch and a pocket for my tablet.
Posted: 10:53 am on August 13th

lrldelrosso lrldelrosso writes: I would love to try sewing a crossbody bag, or maybe even something a little more formal, like a clutch.
Posted: 10:50 am on August 13th

quiltermachine quiltermachine writes: 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.
Posted: 10:39 am on August 13th

paulaberon70 paulaberon70 writes: Thats one thing i have for sure, TOTES, I just love them.
Posted: 10:33 am on August 13th

bluestar bluestar writes: I would probably sew a tote bag. I love the bigger size and I use them for everything!
Posted: 10:33 am on August 13th

beenbusy beenbusy writes: I love to sew bags to give away as gifts - so I like to sew them all!
Posted: 10:31 am on August 13th

MaryElaine64 MaryElaine64 writes: I am a lover of purses & clutches. I can't imagine any I wouldn't love to try
Posted: 3:43 pm on August 12th

user-1138583 user-1138583 writes: I would love to make a lot of different handbags. I love handbags and I am interested in making vintage bags also.
Posted: 2:59 pm on August 12th

Marty_Marie Marty_Marie writes: 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
Posted: 8:29 am on August 12th

WillaMcNeill WillaMcNeill writes: 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.
Posted: 9:04 pm on August 11th

ShiningStar ShiningStar writes: I would like to make a medium sized messenger bag.
Posted: 7:36 pm on August 11th

CatDoesIt CatDoesIt writes: I need the right-sized bag for a weekend away, that would be my first make!
Posted: 6:52 pm on August 11th

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