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Huge Handbags Giveaway!

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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. CatDoesIt | | #1

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

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    ShiningStar | | #2

    I would like to make a medium sized messenger bag.

  3. User avater
    WillaMcNeill | | #3

    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.

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    Marty_Marie | | #4

    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

  5. user-1138583 | | #5

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

  6. MaryElaine64 | | #6

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

  7. beenbusy | | #7

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

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    bluestar | | #8

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

  9. paulaberon70 | | #9

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

  10. quiltermachine | | #10

    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.

  11. lrldelrosso | | #11

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

  12. Sherry_Ono | | #12

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

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    Sharonsews | | #13

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

  14. Tinan5522 | | #14

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

  15. KaronJohnson | | #15

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

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    malsews | | #16

    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!

  17. lmichelle | | #17

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

  18. TRACIEJB | | #18

    I'd try a satchel first!

  19. vancouverlori | | #19

    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?

  20. Subscriber_in_NYC | | #20

    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!

  21. user-913736 | | #21

    Definitely the cover bag with the pink flowers!

  22. Designer_maker | | #22

    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!

  23. Grmary | | #23

    Definitely a bag with lots of pockets.

  24. annieDEE2 | | #24

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

  25. Madscouser | | #25

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

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    wrieder | | #26

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

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    SweetKS | | #27

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

  28. Sarahruth | | #28

    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.

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    chelosunny | | #29

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

  30. susi | | #30

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

  31. bennettd | | #31

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

  32. MexiChica | | #32

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

  33. user-1130733 | | #33

    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.

  34. user-3450281 | | #34

    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...

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    Sewing__Sylvia | | #35

    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!

  36. mad14kt | | #36

    I LOVE clutch purses/bags :)

  37. SueC56 | | #37

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

  38. beadembroiderer | | #38

    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!!!!

  39. user-178494 | | #39

    I would start with a tote and go from there.

  40. sewjazzy | | #40

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

  41. user-2335922 | | #41

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

  42. scarfette | | #42

    I love to make shoulder bags to match my outfits.

  43. Spunkie45 | | #43

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

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    SnickerDoodle_Kids | | #44

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

  45. jeansophie | | #45

    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.

  46. Spizz | | #46

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

  47. Carolsewmuch | | #47

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

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    amh61771 | | #48

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

  49. cynsew | | #49

    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!

  50. user-3233599 | | #50

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

  51. User avater
    ReneeDj | | #51

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

  52. User avater
    Dharmasmom | | #52

    I would love to make a leather designer bag!

  53. MarRitchie | | #53

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

  54. user-3093908 | | #54

    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.

  55. maryfc | | #55

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

  56. TwinsMommy | | #56

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

  57. felinecatz | | #57

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

  58. user-1064229 | | #58

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

  59. lag21479 | | #59

    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.

  60. Katie | | #60

    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.

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    Andysmom | | #61

    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.

  62. user-1086726 | | #62

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

  63. user-3627033 | | #63

    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!

  64. lorjmoon | | #64

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

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    decorchick | | #65

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

  66. user-659305 | | #66

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

  67. User avater
    bethzookie | | #67

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

  68. User avater
    bethzookie | | #68

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

  69. Pandagirl01 | | #69

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

  70. CrystalF | | #70

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

  71. 247kath | | #71

    Love making purses and bags! Endless possibilities:)

  72. peej2 | | #72

    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!

  73. Chefti | | #73

    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.

  74. Margherita | | #74

    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.

  75. SusanInBoston | | #75

    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.

  76. SusanInBoston | | #76

    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.

  77. sewgramms | | #77

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

  78. sewgramms | | #78

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

  79. sewgramms | | #79

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

  80. FirstSnow | | #80

    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!

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    MZW | | #81

    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.

  82. aspiretodesign | | #82

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

  83. user-3556473 | | #83

    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.

  84. user-3556473 | | #84

    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.

  85. user-3556473 | | #85

    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.

  86. user-3556473 | | #86

    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.

  87. MaryAnneR | | #87

    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!

  88. RushW | | #88

    I would make tablet sleeves for my husband and myself

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    Missahope | | #89

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

  90. Fadanista | | #90

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

  91. jade5 | | #91

    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.

  92. mdrgault | | #92

    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.

  93. nancir | | #93

    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.

  94. user-2408404 | | #94

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

  95. pattipat | | #95

    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.

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