Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Book Review: Simply Sublime Bags

I've actually been sitting on this one for a while: Simply Sublime Bags by Jodi Kahn. The book, as the cover promises, has instructions for 30 bags that require little or no sewing. How does she do it, you ask? Recycling, staples, and lots and lots of duct tape.

The bags in the book are gorgeous looking, though after reading through the instructions I'm skeptical about how some of them would look in real life and with less spectacular fabrics. But still, there are some great ideas in here. The chapters are divided by the purpose of the bags: make-up bags, totes, purses, evening bags, change purses and big bags. Jodi is really big on re-purposed materials: she uses pillowcases, t-shirts, placemats, caution tape, astro-turf, shower curtains, a bubble envelope, wallpaper, monopoly money, candy wrappers and a Twister board. She's kind of like the McGyver of purses, which makes this book pretty unique.

Obviously, not all of us will find a tote made out duct tape and a Twister board that practical, but there are a lot of other options in here. And, as other reviewers have mentioned elsewhere, this book would be really great for tweens and teens -- especially those who aren't allowed anywhere near their moms' sewing machines.

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