Friday, 20 January 2012

And that's why I love Sew Fresh Fabrics

I find fabric shopping stressful.  I'm no good at it and I can't choose things.  Even if a real life shop, I get baffled and confused and a bit panicky.  I like pre-cuts because someone else did the choosing.  For the same reason I like bundles.  And I love Peg and Becca at Sew Fresh Fabrics because, not only are they the queens of bundle making, but they are so great at choosing fabrics.  I emailed them to order some Echino London fabric for a secret project I have in mind which you will see in June and I said - and add in some FQs that go with it.  And look at this.  How perfect?  Totally perfect and no fabric shopping stress for me.


I would also like to say that, in preparation for that secret project, I invested in this book.  Shame on me I didn't know that Lisa Lam, only the international queen of bag making and owner of bag making supplies shop, UHandbag, lives right here in the UK.  There were a few bag making books on the shelf of my local bookshop but the others were not a patch on this one.  If you now, or at any time in the future, want to make a bag.  This is the book to use.  It is comprehensive, detailed and understandable by bag-making numpties like me but goes right up to advanced bags, techniques and fastenings for those of you out there who are not bag-making numpties like me.


30 comments:

  1. Thank you for pointing me to Sew Fresh Fabrics! Such cute things. I will be doing some shopping today.

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  2. I agree, they are the best. However, I like to pick my own fabrics! For me, that's the fun part!

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  3. Fabric selection is one of my favorite things, so much so that I enjoy helping others who are fabric shopping phobic. I'd suggest starting with a focus fabric that you adore and then picking some light, medium, and dark fabrics that match or coordinate with your focus fabric. It can really be fun.

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  4. Love the fabric! My daughter is just about to start her second bag. I wanted her to make something more challenging than a tote this time, so this book will be perfect. I have been on Amazon and ordered it, ready for next weekend. Thank you for the tip.

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  5. Lisa's book is excellent, great reference for different zips, pockets, handles everything!

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  6. oh...now I want to start saying "numpties" LOL


    Maybe tonight I can casually mention "There are numpties in the conservatory"...

    Would that even make sense? Oh who cares...no on in the states knows what numpties are so they can be anything!!

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  7. They do great fabrics, a perfect word numpties....haven't heard that one in long time. Kx

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  8. Oooh, I cant wait to see what you get up to with Lisa's book, did you know there's a new one almost finished? I've got 2 from that bookmarked to make for June too ;-)

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  9. Love Lisa's book - it's so nice when you're making a bag of your own and you want a tip or two to point you in the right direction. I have to say at the start of your post I thought you were being ironic or something about the stress at fabric shopping. The most fun part of the whole process for me is selecting fabrics to play together.

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  10. I know - you are making the queen a bag for her diamond jubilee on that weekend in June - or is something else more important also on the same weekend. I'm such a numpty as I booked to go to France - there's always next year!

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  11. I a slightly addicted to SF Fabrics and that is a fab bundle.
    Love bags and have had my eye on that one for a while.

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  12. Any book that has Bag and Bible in the title is worth a gander!

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  13. Ooooh I got Echino London for Christmas (for June) too! Cheesy, but I don't care!

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  14. I love Sew Fresh Fabrics and Peg and Becca are aces.
    Looks like I have a new book to check out!

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  15. Peg & Becca rock! Always so friendly, helpful & quick to reply, even though I know they are busy girls!

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  16. I love the vibrant tangerines in the bundle - lovely stuff!

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  17. Yay for great fabric selections, can't wait to see what this turns into!

    As for that book, it is awesome, I refer to it all the time (although I've never actually made any of the patterns). Her blog has a whole heap of free tutorials too, which are almost a bonus extra!

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  18. Great fabric selections! I'll have to look for Lisa's book. I use her blog tutorials all the time for framed pouches and she has a very good tute on interfacings etc.

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  19. Super fabric selection Lynne. Here's hoping I get some stuff finished, and the decks cleared this year so I can indulge in a SFF fabric package. I love bags and have seen Lisa's group page before, but I do love the Japanese bags too, the detail in them is amazing

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  20. I love Lisa's book as the first one where I've been able to understand the instructions :)
    Love the bundle!

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  21. I find choosing fabric difficult too. Not because I can't, but because I need to have a project in mind before I choose fabric. I'm hopeless at just saying I like that fabric so I'll buy some.

    I have the Bag Making Bible too and it's terrific. I've made several bags from it and the instructions are really easy to follow.

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  22. Lisa's bag making bible might just be able to break my bag block <-- LOL alliteration!

    What a fantabulous stack of fabrics! I love that lime and the orange, oh and the purple ... that would be all of em then ...

    I wish i could let go enough to let someone else choose my fabrics for me!

    Hey - we could help each other out here - How about starting from our own focus fabrics, you pick out a bundle for me, and I'll pick out a bundle for you!?? Could be fun?

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  23. Got the book ! It is great and so is the blog, website et al! Check out Lisa's visit to Amy Butler's house! Cool gal or what!

    Love what you are planning or at least I will! Must get me some of that London fabric!

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  24. ha, I've looked at this book on line and put it back so many times, just not sure, now I KNOW I NEED it! lol from another bag making numptie :)

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  25. OOOOh, so now I'm thinking 'cool 50s style London material + cool bag making bible book + JUNE' = my birthday present. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let me be right oh God of quilting.

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  26. I am so glad that someone I hold up on a pedestal as far as sewing and quilting has a hard time choosing fabrics. ME TOO>

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  27. You can do it Lynne. Bags are simply quilts sewn in half with handles on. I've used that Echino print for our passport holders! It's perfect.

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  28. Wonderful fabric - good luck with the bag making, I think (hope!) you'll enjoy it!

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  29. My boyfriend bought this book for me over christmas. It is AMAZING. Can't wait to get started on one of the bags.

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