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Bags in Inspiration from Hilary Bowen will appeal to anyone who enjoys sewing and working with sumptuous fabrics. These 15 glitzy, fun-to-create bags make stunning accessories and are easy make, folllowing the step-by-step instructions. Only requirement is a basic sewing skill and while a sewing machine is helpful it is not necessary.

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Bags of Inspiration
15 Elegant Bags to Make and Embellish

Author: Hilary Bowen
Pages: 175
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher:Guild of Master Craftsman Publications
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4W30165
Weight: 1.4 lb
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These glitzy, fun-to-create bags make stunning accesssories, and will apeal to anyone who enjoys sewing and working with sumptuous fabrics. Easy to make, following the comprehensive step-by-step instructions, only basic sewing skills are required and, while a sewing machine is helpful, they could even be made by hand.

From the 15 designs shown, you can choose the perfect bag to complement your outfit for that special occasion, at a fraction of the price it would cost to buy one. They make fantastic presents, too, enabling you to give a glamorous and desirable gift that is easy and inexpensive to make, but looks a million dollars.


  • Materials and equipment
  • Design considerations - finding inspiration from nature
  • Making motifs
  • Making the basic bag design
  • Creating special effects with fabrics
  • Embellishments
  • Alternative bag designs

About the Author

Hilary Bowen was born in Dorchester, Dorset, in the southt of England, and at the age of 18 moved to Hampshire, also southern England, where she completed a degree in Psychology. After graduating she taught in schools for a few years before completing a Masters degree and then teaching in Higher Education. She is currently a University lecturer.

Hilary ahs always been interested in a wide wariety of Arts and Crafts and has experimented with several different media, including woodturning, photography and silver jewellery. Her interest in textile art led her to develop her skills in making evening bags, which became the subject of this book. She is quoted as saying:

"I love working with rich, colorful, tactile fabrics and trying out new techniques to create different effects."


Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The Projects  
Summer Foliage 13
Tutti Frutti 19
Fuchsias 25
Butterfly 31
Winter Days 35
Shimmering Mist 41
Checkerboard 47
Evening Light 51
Golden Leaf 57
Peacock Feathers 63
Animal 69
Pink Extravaganza 75
Dream Wedding 81
Granny's Treasure 87
Luscious Lips 91
Project Preparation  
Materials and Equipment 96
Design Considerations 102
Making the Basic Bag 108
Special Effects 116
Creating Motifs 140
Embellishments 162
Glossary 168
Suppliers 270
Bibliography 171
About the Author 712
Acknowledgments 173
Index 174

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Winter Days

Golden Leaf

Peacock Feathers

Granny's Treasure


Dream Wedding

Pink Extravaganza Evening Light

Checkerboard Shimmering Mist

Tutti Frutti Summer Foliage


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