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The Build a Bag Book


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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Understanding the template 8
Materials 10
Tools 12
Hardware 14
Techniques 14
Debbie's top tips 20
Oops! 21
The Projects 22
Clip pocket rucksack 22
Drawstring button backpack 30
Laminated crossover bag 34
Piped rucksack 40
Nautical backpack 46
Bear pocket backpack 50
Simple drawstring bag 56
Quilted backpack 60
Bound rucksack 64
Bear drawstring bag 68
Tie pocket rucksack 72
Two-tone drawstring backpack 76
Cuddly bear backpack 80
Zipped backpack 84
Convertible tote bag 88
A little extra something 92
Glossary 94
Index 96

About the Author

Debbie Shore is a bestselling and award-winning author and all-round sewing superstar. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows for a major clothing brand, developed her own range of fabrics and writes for several popular sewing magazines. Debbie has written over 20 books for Search Press with several more underway. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the megaselling Half Yard (TM) series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit www.halfyardsewingclub.com.

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com.


There are now four pattern books in the Build a Bag series, each one containing a reusable plastic pattern and at least 15 projects.

The best thing about sewing with Debbie Shore is that she makes things so easy. From beginner to advanced skill levels, every stitcher can enjoy these books and create something wonderful.

The projects are beautifully photographed, and the instructions have a stunning visual and written step by step guide.

Techniques, tips and what to do if things go wrong are included and the whole process from start to finish is jargon free. This makes it easy to understand and you know exactly what to do without the aid of other explanations.

The Plastic Pattern is brilliant, and the instructions colour code the pattern piece you need.

Each Backpack is beautifully designed and really are fit for purpose. Each one is different, and have a unique and stylish look.

Highly recommended

* Postcard Reviews *

I have some of the other Debbie Shore books, and this is another excellent one. Clear instructions for the basics such as "making a zip panel", for the individual patterns, and even help with things that can go wrong (oops! section). I especially love the plastic templates. There is no need to copy and cut any patterns, because they are included in the book and can be used over and over again.

* Customer review *

I have considered this series of books for some time and I'm so delighted that I now have a copy especially of backpacks which I regularly use. The templates which are included ensure correct cutting and as well as the various projects, I find the other sections including materials, techniques, oops and Debbie's top tips extremely useful too. After trying some of the projects involved the next decision will be which of the other build a bag books to buy!

* Customer review *

These two stunning brand-new titles from Debbie cover on-trend satchels and backpacks. Each book comes in an attractive hard-back folder which also encloses a wallet containing durable plastic templates, from which, by following Debbie's impeccable instructions, it is possible to construct fifteen different bags from each book. There is a bag for every taste and occasion, each beautifully presented in full colour, showing Debbie's inspiring fabric choices. All techniques including zipped pockets, magnetic closures and piping are covered in detail, making these projects suitable for every level of sewing expertise. Debbie also includes inspiring suggestions on adapting the templates to expand the design possibilities and create even more bags! Outstanding value for money, these books are a definite must-have for every bag-loving sewer.

* East Kent Embroiderers' Guild *

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