Amy Butler’s Style Stitches Book Review by Lisa from Pink Lemonade Boutique

on September 28 | in Products | by | with 373 Comments

We knew Lisa would be the perfect sewist to review the new Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags. Lisa’s Pink Lemonade Boutique blog is full of her absolutely beautiful sewing… While all of her work stands out, Lisa’s bags are especially gorgeous. If you’ve been a part of Sew,Mama,Sew! long enough you just might remember Lisa’s grand prize win in our 2007 Big, Big Bag Month Contest. You can easily get lost in Lisa’s Flickr stream, pouring over her latest bag. Lisa tried out two patterns from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags, and today she shares her thoughts on the book with us.

From the publisher: Style Stitches offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler’s fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer’s library.

From Lisa: My first impression of the book right off was that it is a visual treat. As usual Amy Butler’s aesthetic elevates the handmade to fresh modern sophistication and high style. I would have loved to make any of the bags in this book; I thought each and every one of them were unique and had great design elements. The instructions for the Origami Bag Set gives you instructions for six different sizes, and most of the bags give you the option to make either different sizes or strap lengths which I thought was a great feature. The instructions are pretty clear and easy to follow, even for a beginner. Specific types of interfacing and how to fuse them are clearly laid out.

Lisa’s beautiful Cosmo Bag.

The first project I chose was the cover star, the Cosmo Bag. The design is fabulous. You have the option of a long or shorter strap, and four pockets in all. This bag is huge! It would make a fabulous weekend or project bag. I was even thinking of minimizing the pattern for a handbag option. The skill level was rated “easy” but I think I’d say it’s more intermediate. There are lots of curves and clipping to do, and a “Y” seam to attach the side panels to the bottom. The instructions say to clip after the curves are sewn, but I found it much easier to clip first. I’d definitely make this bag again.

Lisa’s Perfectly Pleated Clutch.

The second project is the Perfectly Pleated Clutch, rated “intermediate,” which I thought was accurate mainly because of the pleats. Making the pleats was a bit challenging, specifically because it’s a challenge keeping them straight. The instructions do not suggest marking them on the fabric in any way as a guide (except for the first pleat) and I realized after I started marking the fabric with a Hera Marker (which “dents” the fabric) that it’s because it’s crazy time consuming. But if you are a person who likes perfection, I’d recommend it. Me, I decided to just go for it. The first side I did came out a little wonky, but nothing to fret over, and the second side came out great. I highly recommend not starting at the very end of the fabric strip, because by the time you reach the midline, if you’ve not made totally perfect pleats they’ll get even more exagerrated and out of whack. So I started pleating mid-way, worked my way to the end, and proceeded to work the other way down from the midline. That worked out great. I also highly recommend pinning each pleat on both ends, because no matter how much steam and pressure you use, they will not stay (especially after having to flip it over to fuse the interfacing down).

I can’t stress how much I adore this clutch. The pleats add such a fabulous texture, that turns this clutch into something really special. Oh, and the pattern comes in three different sizes. I chose to make the small one, but now I want one in every size and color!

Overall, this is a great book from the incomparable Amy Butler. She never fails to inspire us to stitch our way to a more stylish life!

Thanks, Lisa! You can learn more and see tons of beautiful book images on Amy Butler’s site.

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373 Responses to Amy Butler’s Style Stitches Book Review by Lisa from Pink Lemonade Boutique

  1. Ethel Bromham says:

    Wonderful. Just what I have been looking for.

  2. lori says:

    love the bags. Can’t wait to make one. The fabrics are to die for!!!

  3. heather says:

    love amy’s patterns they are wonderful. her fabric is my favorite.

  4. Ammie says:

    Oooh. Lisa’s Cosmo bag is delightful! Thanks for the review, too.

  5. Susan Rauch says:

    Love the bags — nice review of the book, Lisa.

  6. Kirsten N says:

    Gorgeous!

  7. Kirsty says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the chance to win one.

  8. Cat says:

    Oh my gosh I want this book!

  9. Andrea says:

    This book sound so wonderful! I love that you can customize the bags according to your preferences!I also love that the patterns are included, and not just templates that need to be enlarged. :)

  10. inglesidebelle says:

    You sew beautifully! Thanks for the review.

  11. Mary E.Carr says:

    Am so enthralled with this Book. Oh I would love to be so Lucky to be the Winner… Can’t say anything other than “Awesome”. Will anxiously await the news..

  12. Deb V says:

    Your review was great. It made me want to go out and buy the book. The purses look really great.

  13. VickiT says:

    Great review. Thanks. I have to agree with you about the Perfectly Pleated Clutch; that’s an awesome looking purse. The fabric you used worked great for the pleating too. Great job.

  14. Joanna says:

    Great review Lisa! It made me really want to buy the book – the projects look amazing!

  15. I love this book!! So many awesome patterns!

  16. Brianna says:

    Love Amy Butler bags! This book looks gorgeous.

  17. Anie says:

    I would love a copy of Amy’s new book!

  18. Abby says:

    I need a cosmo bag!

  19. kari says:

    that Cosmo bag is gorgeous! beautifully designed (of course) but also soo well made! amy butler bags are a little tricky but worth every effort. i can’t wait to try some of these new ones!

  20. Hilary says:

    I see my perfect gym bag in there

  21. gigi says:

    thanks so much for your review. the cosmo bag looks fabulous!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Awesome! I would love this book!

  23. Amy s says:

    OMG So pretty!

  24. Jennifer P says:

    Oh my goodness, I just looked through this book at Barnes and Noble and told husband I really, REALLY wanted it for Christmas! It’s SO fabulous; I’d love to win it!

  25. Tammy says:

    Wow, looks like a fantastic book!

  26. Katie in Texas says:

    Love the Cosmo bag! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Kirsten says:

    Great review! Can’t wait to see the winners :),

  28. lola g says:

    This totally makes me want to attempt a bag!

  29. kayduh says:

    Looks like a great book!

  30. Tracey says:

    Amazing! Sounds so fantastic, would love to have in my collection of books – not to mention, it would be a great start to Christmas present making!

  31. Amy says:

    Wow, this book looks fabulous! All my attempts at making bags have been pretty poor, so this may be just what I need to get it right the next time!

  32. Ana V says:

    Looks like there are quite a few nice designs in the book…
    And thanks for the great review!

  33. jes says:

    I wish we could see ever photo from the book! I’m excited to find the book in a store.

  34. rikki says:

    beautiful patterns!

  35. Kate F. says:

    I have been so excited for this book. I am still a beginner & bags are my favorite thing to sew. All the details scare me a bit, but other Amy Butler patterns I’ve used have always been pretty clear.

  36. Jen Ballot says:

    Wow! This book sounds fabulous. I own so many of her patterns. They’re all great.

  37. Sarah McVey says:

    I LOVE to sew bags & I LOVE AB fabric even more! This book would be so awesome to have! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. mmm…. now it seems that i really NEED THIS BOOK.
    :-)

    THANKS FOR AN AWESOME BLOG!

  39. Jo says:

    You’ve gotta love bags, and love making them : ) Thanks

  40. Antje says:

    Beautiful bags, great book!

  41. Shelley says:

    This book is right at the top of my Christmas wish list ……. my daughter will love the bags!

  42. Kelly B. says:

    Beautiful bags!

  43. Annette says:

    Gorgeous bags!!!! Great inspiration.

  44. Jodie says:

    I would loooove to have this book!

  45. margie says:

    Amy Butler is such an inspiration. I LOVE everything this woman does.

  46. nikky says:

    I love the fabric combinations so beautiful and inspiring:)

  47. Patty says:

    Wow- the biggest problem is choosing which to start first! Adding to Christmas Wish List right now…

  48. Jennifer says:

    Love this! I see several bags I would love to make!

  49. Sarah says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! As a somewhat new sewer most books don’t give enough detail to complete a project but this looks like it would do the trick.

    Sarah
    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ohiosarah

  50. Kari says:

    Totally worked – I’m buying the book ASAP. Thanks! K

  51. Erica says:

    That clutch is adorable. The pleats look crazy time consuming for a bag though. I would love to check out this book.

  52. Eleanor says:

    What gorgeous bags. I can’t wait to try some.

  53. Candy says:

    Thanks for the review, your bags are beautiful.

  54. Mary Pat says:

    Gorgeous fabric, gorgeous bags. Would love to try out some of these patterns!

  55. Nicole says:

    Lisa your bags are beautiful! I would love a copy of this book! Making bags is one of the things I love to make. Thanks for the great contest!

  56. Sandy H. says:

    Anything Amy Buter is so stylish! Her colorful prints brighten up winter days when I do most of my sewing. Cannot wait to add this book to my stash.

  57. Kristy says:

    I’m not usually a bag maker but these great pictures might just inspire me!

  58. Tamika says:

    I really like Amy Butler’s bag designs. I’m new to sewing but after reading this blog post I think I might be up for the challenge of sewing one myself…thanks again for such a wonderful site to be able to learn from!

  59. Kimberly says:

    All the bags in the book look awesome! I love the ones Lisa made.

  60. Amy says:

    That book looks amazing!

  61. Mary Lou says:

    Cute bags. Good review. Thanks.

  62. Tina L. says:

    Would love to try to make one of her bags, or maybe a different one for each day of the week.

  63. Oooohhhhh, I have so many bags to make!!! This would be so awesome to win!!! :)

  64. Lisa says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I’m looking forward to seeing it – Amy Butler has a great sense of style, and Lisa’s review made me even more interested.

  65. christa says:

    It’s great to read a review from someone who actually used the book and not just skimmed through it. Would love a book of new patters!

  66. Susan says:

    Great review of this awesome book. Would love to win a copy!

  67. Carrie says:

    LOVE her! Her designs never cease to amaze.

  68. Nicole Balazs says:

    Sweet!

  69. SusanM says:

    The bag is gorgeous! It makes me want to run out and buy the book. Thanks so much for creating it and writing the review.

  70. Doris says:

    I’ve been wanting a copy of this book. Thanks for the review!

  71. Annette says:

    I would, of course, love to win this book. But if I don’t, I’m going to buy it! Must have it . . . .

  72. Cary says:

    I’d love to have a copy of this book. I’m sure the bags are fabulous!

  73. Amy says:

    I love Amy Butler – this book seems amazing!

  74. Christen says:

    I am a new sewer, but I would love to make some of these purses!

  75. Colleen says:

    The clutch is beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  76. Emma says:

    Fab review. I put this book on my ‘wishlist’at Amazon yesterday (not published yet in the UK) and am now more impatient than ever to get my copy!

  77. Marie says:

    What a great book! And Lisa’s bags are amazing…I’ve always admired her work!

  78. Katie B says:

    would love to get my hands on this book!

  79. Tanya says:

    Looks like a gorgeous book!

  80. Liz says:

    Your bags turned out beautifully! Thanks for the great review.

  81. jenn says:

    lovely….

  82. Keri says:

    Love the bags!

  83. Darlene says:

    Nice review and beautiful bags.

  84. Diane says:

    Love Lisa’s bags and the review! Love the clutch!

  85. adrienne says:

    Oh man, I really want this book!

  86. Abby says:

    So inspired! I REALLY want this book.

  87. quenna says:

    I love the big bags!

  88. Alicia says:

    Beautiful! Now I really want that book! I love Amy Butler bags!

  89. Malorie says:

    love the little coin purse!

  90. Virginia says:

    Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous fabric choices.

  91. Sara says:

    it’s great to see more pics of the bags. this book is definitely going on my wishlist.

  92. Gabrien says:

    Love those bags! Especially the really big ones. Thanks for the review.

  93. kim says:

    sounds like another well written book by amy butlers great team of writers….can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

  94. elsa says:

    both bags are lovely! would love to have this book!

  95. Runa says:

    Wow Lisa! Thats such an extensive review gal! Thanks for the tips…your cosmo bag turned out lovely! I cant stop looking at the pleated clutch….can imagine how nice it would feel to touch!

  96. Katrina says:

    Love that pleated clutch!

  97. Deb DeChurch says:

    I love the pleated clutch and would really use the book.

  98. Erin says:

    Bags are my weakness, so this is certainly a book that will be joined the collection…

  99. Kathy G. says:

    Beautiful Bags!!!

  100. Barbara says:

    Beautiful bags – and such variety. This book is definitely on my wishlist!

  101. Diane says:

    What a great book! Thanks for the review! I really like the pleated clutch.

  102. Melissa H. says:

    These are adorable! I would love to take a look at this book.

  103. Wendy D. P. says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out! Can’t wait to see more of it! I love so many of the bags already!

  104. brittany says:

    the cosmo bag looks like it just might be big enough for all of the things this mama has to carry around all day!

  105. Tara says:

    Thanks for the great tips. The bags are beautiful!

  106. Bec Clarke says:

    Oh I love her bags, they never dissappoint.

  107. PeachRainbow says:

    Beautiful bags!

  108. Melissa says:

    Gorgeous fabric choice and the bag turned out lovely!

  109. Rebecca says:

    Even just looking at the photos in Amy Butler’s books is so endlessly inspiring, whether or not the projects actually get made!

  110. Mama Lusco says:

    Beautiful bags! I would adore this book :)

  111. Christa says:

    Beautiful bags! :)

  112. Lori says:

    Inspiration a plenty!!! The book looks lovely. I see several bags that I want to make!

  113. Hannah says:

    THe bags are wonderfull! and the fabric choice is fab! so pretty,

  114. Sara Upshaw says:

    drooling… wish I had more time for these.

  115. Jules says:

    This is one of my “must have” books for the year. Glad to see Lisa’s review, she did a great job on both bags!

  116. Amanda says:

    Beautiful bags!

  117. I’ve had this one on my wish list from paperbackswap.com for some time already! Would love to win it instead of waiting! :-)

  118. Melissa S says:

    Yes please! I would love to win this book. If not, I’ll be buying it at market!

  119. marilyn podoll says:

    Love the fabric and need the book

  120. Cindy says:

    Wow! This sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the review!

  121. Karrie says:

    OK, this book is definitely a must have – lovin’ the pics. Thanks so much for the review!!

  122. Denise says:

    very excited about amy butler’s latest book. Great review

  123. Vintagefern says:

    Such cute bags! This book looks like alot of fun!

  124. Heather says:

    OK, I don’t even own a real purse – I gotta get a copy of this book and get motivated! I think even non-purse carriers will be head-over-heels for these designs. Gorgeous!

  125. Monica says:

    I love your bags – I especially like the prints you chose for the pleated clutch. Amy Butler is super talented and I always enjoy her books.

  126. Erica says:

    OMG! How cute! I love her stuff!

  127. Rita says:

    Lovely bags…..lovely book…..treasures abound!!!

  128. Flore says:

    Absolutely gorgeous bags! I brought the fabric for the cosmo bag last week, and this post has made me sooooo excited to get started!

  129. Amy Butler is the designer that got me into sewing again. What a great blog post. Thanks!

  130. Laura says:

    I am so excited for this book!

  131. Jennifer says:

    Oh, bags!! I love them! These pictures alone are enough to make me salivate (or that could be the chocolate bar I’m craving :D)!

  132. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been eying this book and now I know I want it!

    debarys @ yahoo.com

  133. Marie says:

    Looks like a great book- I heart Amy Butler!

  134. So love these bags!!

  135. Ginger says:

    lovely bags!

  136. Sascha J. says:

    I love the Amy Butler books! This one looks like a must-have in my collection. Great review.

  137. Heidi Myers says:

    oh, I asolutely love everything Amy Butler (but who doesn’t really)? I would love to win this

  138. Looks like a great book! I can’t wait to see it!

  139. Kristy says:

    I love the bags! I have been meaning to start sewing my own…maybe winning this book will be the kick I need? *hint hint*

  140. Great looking book, looks like one I need to add to my collection.

  141. Lea says:

    So many nice bags in this book. I’d love to win it!

  142. Beautiful bags!

  143. April says:

    I haven’t made a bag yet, but that Cosmo Bag gets me all giddy inside to try one. It looks great and THANKS for the great book review!

  144. Katie says:

    Ok, now I would really love my own copy, thanks for the review.
    Kate

  145. Peg Coleman says:

    You had me at the first bag—I am an avowed bag-a-holic and these are lovely> I would love one of those books, thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  146. Jill B says:

    Thanks for the great review :)

  147. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful bag- would love to make one=)

  148. jen h. says:

    i love the cosmo bag. this looks like an awesome book. thanks for the chance to win it!

  149. carrot cake says:

    Wow, Lisa’s bags are gorgeous! Thanks for the great review & helpful tips!!

  150. sarah m says:

    Thanks for a clear and honest review Lisa. The bags you made are gorgeous.

  151. Christine M says:

    I love the cosmo bag!

  152. Michele says:

    Beautiful! This book is on my wishlist, I would be thrilled to win a copy.

  153. Liz B says:

    This book looks so fabulous, and I like the idea that at minimum, it’s eye candy. (Maybe more like eye heroin…)

  154. Heidi says:

    I LOVE that cosmo bag. I think this book is on my must have list now.

  155. Deb Cameron says:

    Oh, this has just moved up to number one on my lust have list! Gorgeous bags!

  156. Michele says:

    Love your blog and am always inspired. Love this book!!!!! I am drooling over the possibilities. I will never buy another bag again!

  157. CarrieMJ says:

    I love all things Amy Butler.

  158. LisaC1 says:

    I have been in the market for a new sewing book…and I love sewing bags….hmmm

  159. Kris says:

    I love your Cosmo Bag. Really nice colours, and it looks to be a great size for shopping!

  160. Rachel L says:

    Such beautiful bags. I think this book will have to be on my ‘must get’ list.

  161. Mary S. says:

    I have an earlier AB book. It was the visuals that hooked me. I don’t know if I’ve actually followed a pattern but I pull it out for inspiration. That said, More inspiration is good!

  162. Ashley says:

    Love that Cosmo bag! It’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for.

  163. Nancy V. says:

    I really like your fabric choices and would love to have the book.

  164. rachal m says:

    wow, great bags. i love the first one!

  165. lindsay says:

    I love to win this book with the wonderful bags in it!

  166. Corinna says:

    great ideas! (and fabrics, of course :) )

  167. Jasmine says:

    I have never made a bag, although I’d love to try! Amy Butler’s Lounge Pants are my Christmas present to all the ladies in my family this year…I love them so much!

  168. Erin says:

    Those bags are delicious!

  169. Heather says:

    I love Amy Butler!!! And these new patterns, so cute, it’s killing me!

  170. Julie says:

    I love the Cosmo bag!

  171. Lin says:

    Thanks for the review! Iovvvvve those bags. Gotta get the book!

  172. amy says:

    bags bags bags. some girls like shoes. i heart bags.

  173. Heather says:

    Love your fabric choices! AB’s stuff is always so cool.

  174. Erica says:

    Both of those bags are beautiful!

  175. stacy says:

    This book looks amazing, thanks for a chance to win and a great review.

  176. Aileen says:

    I would love this book! I have made a few handbags, and need all the help I can get :)

  177. natalie says:

    i’ve had this book on my amazon wishlist for a while now! i always love amy butler’s books and patterns! they are so easy to follow and not the slightest bit intimidating!

  178. Nic says:

    Amazing! Slowly working on the weekend bag but just love the cosmo. Next project I think…..!

  179. Rebecca says:

    Absolutely lovely! I am totally addicted to bags. This book could be very dangerous ;-)

  180. naomig says:

    These are so beautiful. I love her reviews, and I’m dying to make one of Amy Butler’s bags.

  181. Valerie says:

    Bags are so much cheaper if you make them and everyone loves to receive one as a gift! This lookds like a great resource!

  182. Mandy says:

    Your Cosmo bag turned out gorgeous! I have been drooling over this book for weeks, seeing how great your two bags turned out are the push I need to get my hands on it!

  183. Marcia W. says:

    It would be great to win this book. My favorite bag is the pleated clutch.

  184. Angela says:

    Love this book! So many great designs!

  185. Cathy Lane says:

    Inspires me to want to sew bags! Love the first one.

  186. Dana B. says:

    Thank you for this review! I was on the fence about this book, and now I can’t wait to get it!

  187. Anne says:

    This book looks fabulous – thanks for the review! I’m sure I’d make loads of bags with this – Christmas list, perhaps?

  188. empirewaist says:

    The Cosmo Bag & Pleated Clutch are my two favorite bags from AB’s new book. Love Lisa’s fabric choices & execution! So inspiring.

    Thanks also for the great tip to start pleating midway & work towards both ends on the clutch. Makes it a lot less daunting!

  189. Carole Lee says:

    I have not made a bag yet but have really wanted to, with these new and exciting patterns perhaps I will soon. Thanks Lisa for sharing your tips and showing us the ones you made.

  190. Jen says:

    That Cosmo bag looks like the perfect sized bag for work. (I carry quite a bit back and forth!)

  191. Toni says:

    ooo, I so want this book, haven’t been able to get my mits on it yet, so great to get a review!

  192. Erin Waters says:

    This book seems pretty cool. Would help make Christmas gifts easier this year, for sure! The large bags are awesome, as most of my friends and I all have kids and its nicer to tote around one larger bag than a purse & a diaper bag.

  193. Cathie says:

    I’d love this book – I have the perfect fabric for the Cosmo bag!

  194. Love her bags and something I would love to do, as giifts this christmas.

    Debbie

  195. Miriam says:

    I would love to win this book. I made an amy buler bag last month and love it. I have bought fabric to make another one just like it, but it would be even better to win the book to make different kinds.

  196. Becky says:

    Such lovely creations!

  197. Lisa says:

    I love all of the pictures in the book. Can’t wait to start.

  198. Shannah says:

    Just lovely! Those pleats look pretty perfect to me… (oooh and how cool to win the book!)

  199. jennifer says:

    Love to see such beautiful fabrics sewn into great projects. I would love to win this book!!

  200. Addy says:

    Thanks for the review!

  201. Wow, this book sounds amazing! Here in Portugal it’s not very easy to find that kind of book candy, you always have to order it from the internet but I am totally interested! :)

  202. Kim says:

    What a lovely and inspiring book- another ‘must-have’!

  203. Jean says:

    All of the bags are beautiful, but I would love to make that last small clutch. I love that “architectural” element.

  204. katie says:

    I would love to win this book! amy butler is gifted! I love the Cosmo bag!

  205. Holly says:

    Thanks for the review, and chance to win! These bags all look enormous to me, but I could also shrink the patterns!

  206. Melissa Williams says:

    Oh, I would love this book!

  207. KTseams says:

    Nothing better than AB patterns with AB fabrics, love it!

  208. Samantha says:

    Lisa’s sewing and fabric choices are so nice to see. Thanks for the review! I’m thinking I NEED this book. :-)

  209. kira says:

    This book is going on my wishlist! I’m a beginner at sewing and bags so far are the most fun to make.

  210. Mandy says:

    Awesome! I am so excited about this book, and the swap! I took the plunge and joined in and I am really excited about it! :)

  211. Rochelle says:

    I love sneaking peeks at this book whenever I see it at the store!

  212. Andi says:

    Wow! These are some great-looking bags! Thanks for all the tips and tricks, I never would have though of starting the pleats in the middle.

  213. Louise says:

    Great review and a great looking book. I got Amy’s last book out the library and poured over it (but didn’t get around to making anything!). I’m an aspirational sewer!

  214. Katie says:

    So excited to get this book, being the Amy Butler “groupie” that I am.

  215. D'Lane says:

    Wow! Great review. I liked the pleat insight you gave. I would love to try my hand at making one of these bags.

  216. Syl says:

    That cosmo bag looks perfect for a new knitting bag! I can’t wait to flip through a copy of this book. I love bags!

  217. Sherri S. says:

    Wow, looks great. Thanks so much!

  218. Amanda says:

    What a feast for the eyes! IT’s so much fun to admire everyone else’s fabulous work of art.

  219. Kim says:

    I like the idea that there is help with customizing the patterns! Can’t wait to see it!

  220. Wendy says:

    Love the colors in the second bag!

  221. Lisa Marie says:

    Love the contrast of the geometric pattern and the floral on the pleated clutch!

  222. LFinn says:

    These bags are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  223. Wanett says:

    Very nice!! I love the fabrics you chose.

  224. cynthia says:

    Those bags all look lovely, sounds like Amy has written a great book. I love bags and Amy’s book sounds like a good purchase for me. Hope I win it!

  225. Catherine says:

    I love love love the clutch, especially the rose fabric. I love that you still know they’re roses, even though they’ve been pleated so much – the design on so many fabrics would be lost in that technique

  226. Salomé says:

    The Cosmo Bag is beautiful! And the fabric is adorable!

  227. Katie says:

    Beautiful bags!! Love them!

  228. Betsy says:

    So many bags, so little time.

  229. Erin says:

    Love the cosmo bag!

  230. Shawna says:

    That Cosmo bag would make a great purse/diaper bag, which I am thinking about right now as we prepare to head back into the baby stage!

  231. These bags are so fun!

  232. Jennifer Lachman says:

    I love the first bag,your fabric choice was beautiful.

  233. Would LOVE this book! I adore Amy Butler’s designs!

  234. Thanks so much for the review! I am dying to try the Cosmo bag! I might just have to sign up for that purse swap after reading this :)

    http://sewfabriccrazy.blogspot.com/

  235. Steph G. says:

    I love all of the bags! I’m looking forward to giving them a try.

  236. Jeni says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  237. RB says:

    Those look great!

  238. Paula in NH says:

    I’m addicted to making tote bags. I’m adding this book to my wish list.

  239. Jaime says:

    I’m a definite fan of all Amy Butler – books, patterns, fabrics! I use the Birdie sling as my everyday bag and her Modern Diaper bag as my weekend-away bag. Love them all!

  240. Serena says:

    Oh my, the Cosmo bag is stunning! What a great combination of fabrics!

  241. Carolyn says:

    That cover shot bag is to die for!

  242. Amy Gray says:

    What inspiring patterns!

  243. Marci says:

    I made an Amy Butler bag the other day, and although it is time consuming I love my bag! Love love love her stuff. I really like how the big bag turned out on this one. Would love to make some more!

  244. Paloma says:

    Love your fabric choices for the cosmo bag!

  245. Corrie says:

    Oh, I really want to win a copy of this book! But then I would need to buy some Amy Butler fabric to go with it….

  246. ~Michelle~ says:

    Ooh, the Cosmo bag looks so great! I must put this book on my wish list!

  247. Ashley L. says:

    Amy Butler is always one of my faves, even though I’m a beginner. I have three of her patterns and haven’t been brave enough to try them yet. I smell an October goal!

  248. Karen says:

    Great review! I love Amy Butler’s fabric and enjoy seeing her creations.

  249. Gill says:

    I love the Cosmo bag – can’t wait for this book t5o come out in the UK!!!
    Gill

  250. carrie says:

    i love those pleats!

  251. Lynda says:

    Wow I really love these designs! This is a great giveaway, thank you so much, I hope I win!

  252. Meg says:

    I am a huge fan of Lisa’s bags. She has the best style! Beautiful!

  253. Kendra says:

    So wonderful! LOVE your fabric choices.

  254. shannon says:

    looks like so many fun projects…love all the beautiful bags!

  255. Karen says:

    Great review! I love Amy Butler’s fabric and enjoy seeing her creations. I haven’t tried making a purse yet, but when my skills improve I will definitely have to try one of her designs.
    Thanks for the advice!

  256. Kate says:

    Wow! This books looks AWESOME! I love those bags. I’m addicted to making bags and they make such good gifts for people!

  257. Sarah says:

    I love both of these bags! Super cute!

  258. Love the colors in the Cosmo bag — beautiful! Looking forward to following your Flickr stream…

  259. I love making totes and bags for Christmas and birthday gifts. These will make a nice addition to my pattern collection. Thanks a bunch!

  260. Mary says:

    I made the Miss Maven Ruffled Handbag last week. It was SO hard, but totally worth it! It’s a gorgeous bag and I want to make everything in the book! :-)

  261. Elena says:

    I agree, this book looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to try some of these patterns!

  262. Kirsten says:

    What a fun book!

  263. Marci Harrington says:

    Very well done. I have looked at the book and all the patterns look wonderful.

  264. Tong says:

    thanks for the book review! the book looks great too!

  265. Elise says:

    Thanks for the review! Having a “personal” recommendation is immensely helpful in choosing patterns- and your bags are beautiful and inspiring! :)

  266. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the great review! The Cosmo bag is really beautiful!

  267. Julie says:

    great review — it makes me want to run to the nearest fabric store!

  268. Miss Prickly says:

    I would love this book. It’s so great to make something beautiful without having to worry about the fit!

  269. marilyn podoll says:

    I have to make that cosmo bag. And the fabrics are beautiful. Can’t wait to get to the fabric store again.

  270. Nancy says:

    I would LOVE this book!

  271. Mary K says:

    I can never resist a book about bags! Better not let my DD see or she’ll want one of each.

  272. Ms. Fine says:

    Great review. I’ve been wondering about this book. Glad to see it here.

  273. ann b says:

    would love to try those patterns!

  274. Rebecca says:

    So cute and stylish. I love the Cosmo Bag.

  275. Rafael's mum says:

    I preordered it from Amazon and they say they can not deliver till January 2010!! Can you believe it??

  276. Kelli says:

    LOVE the cosmo bag! I’ve always got a lot of stuff with me (even when I try not to it seems!), so a big bag is great!

  277. Grace says:

    Oooooo! There are sooo many of these I’d want to try! I LOVE making bags and purses. This would be the perfect book for me!

  278. Shirley Clark says:

    All of the bags are so cute! Deciding on which fabric to use would be a challenge.

  279. Kristine says:

    Wow these bags are gorgeous! I wasn’t planning on getting this book (too many sewing books already!) but now I might just have to!

  280. Jan says:

    This looks like a great book and I love making bags. Love that Cosmo bag!

  281. Martine says:

    I would love to win this book, my library does not carry it. The bags look fabulous. Thank you for the giveaway.

  282. Janel says:

    I want this book!! I have to have it!!! I love her fabric and her patterns are AWESOME!

  283. Tine says:

    I love that pleated clutch! It looks amazing! If I win I know what every girl and woman I know is getting for Christmas! A new stylish bag!

  284. jill says:

    I love the cosmo bag- too cute!

  285. William says:

    My wife laughs at me, but I love sewing purses. I’ve been eyeing this book to add to my collection of patterns. Although having just started giving the weekender a try, I’m scared to death to take on any other of her patterns right now.

  286. alison says:

    I have a serious bag addiction! This book would be perfect to use to make more bags to add to my bag collection!

  287. Robyn Wing says:

    I definitely want to make one of those Cosmo bags…

  288. Kristin says:

    Love the pleated clutch!

  289. Marta says:

    I love the cosmo bag!

  290. Abbey says:

    Wow, that book looks amazing! I must have a new bag!

  291. Amelia says:

    oh my! I do love bags, and Amy Butler fabrics. Amy Butler bags in Amy Butler fabrics takes the cake! Adding this to my wish list. In case I don’t win ;)

  292. Tanya Hug says:

    Looks neat!

  293. Lisa says:

    I love that Cosmo bag. I’ve been looking for a pattern to make a bigger bag that I can use as a diaper bag–I think I’ll need to get this book!

  294. Denise says:

    I really love that beautiful cosmo bag. For some reason I never have enough bags. I never thought of making one but that one is the one I want to make! Great review and I especially loved the photos.

  295. Karen says:

    ohh…would completely enjoy a copy of this – love these bags!

  296. Gina says:

    Thanks for the pleating tip – I love the way the rose pattern came out with pleats in it.

  297. Laurie Anne says:

    What fabulous projects… her visuals are so romantic :)

  298. Lynne says:

    I love the Cosmo bag! So cute!

  299. Jessica h says:

    This book looks like so much fun.

  300. Robynn says:

    Beautiful! I like your cosmo bag.

  301. Dianne says:

    I’ve just recently pulled the sewing machine back out after years & would love to work my way through some Amy Butler projects.

  302. holly says:

    So excited about this book! Love your examples.

  303. ann b. says:

    would love to get my hands on a copy and try some of those patterns out! love the cosmo.

  304. Maren says:

    Oh, how I NEED this book!

  305. Sandy S says:

    Love the Cosmo bag.

  306. Shannon says:

    Love that bag!

  307. *~*Megan*~* says:

    Lisa’s Cosmo bag is PERFECTION! I’m a huge fan of Fossil’s line of handbags and shoulder bags because of the way they combine fabrics,and Lisa just kicked Fossil in the behind. Way to go!

  308. Laura says:

    I’m just getting started with making bags and this looks great!

  309. Roberta says:

    Oh my…I’m such a fan of Amy Butler’s fabrics and patterns and would love to win this book ;)

  310. Shelley says:

    Thanks for the great review. This book as been on my wish list for awhile now, and your review has convinced me that it is time to buy it!

  311. Katie says:

    Who doesn’t need more bags?! And these are simply spectacular.

  312. Sarah says:

    I have made Amy’s Birdie Sling about 7 times and I love the bag. I would love to win a copy of her new book and try a new bag!

  313. katrina h says:

    I have the book, I really need to try one!

  314. I love the Cosmo bag – so beautiful!

  315. Genifer says:

    Love Amy Butler and her bags!

  316. Karen C says:

    These look wonderful.

  317. April Hurley says:

    These look like very exciting pattern for a new purse!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

  318. manuela says:

    I need this book!!!! jejejeje Thanks for this blog, it´s wonderfull

  319. Beth says:

    I am just in love with that big cosmo bag. It would be perfect for holding all the stuff I take to and from school!

  320. Wendy says:

    I love that Cosmo Back and the fabric its made of!

  321. Genevieve says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the review!

  322. nani says:

    I lovely the amy butler´s fabrics, desings, bags…

  323. gina says:

    fun bags! :)

  324. gatorgirl4325 says:

    I know that I must have this book! Lisa, your projects are lovely!!

  325. Susan says:

    I love the bags you tried out and the fabric choices…good job!!!Cant wait to try them out.

  326. Julia says:

    Thanks for the review! Lisa’s take on the ‘Cosmo’ bag is beautiful!
    Recently I had to make the decision between this book and the ‘Bag Making Bible’…although I haven’t regret to have bought the latter, I was sorry not to be able to buy both books. I’d love to be entered in the draw!

  327. Alison says:

    lovely patterns as usual from Amy

  328. Adeline Y says:

    This book looks amazing! Love the choice of cheery fabrics as well :)

  329. Susan C. says:

    Absolutely beautiful bags – wow!

  330. Christine says:

    I love to make bags- so this review was very helpful! I can see that clutch as a christmas gift for both of my sisters…. and of course I’ll practice first and make one for me.

  331. Leigh says:

    Thanks for the review!!! I just got this book for my birthday and I cut out the Reversible Everyday Shopper last night. The Cosmo Bag is next on my list!

  332. Lisa’s blog and her blog re beautiful! Your fabric choices are stunning!

  333. Donnie W says:

    They are just beautiful and gives one hope that a novice sewer can accomplish something close to the ones Lisa made.

  334. JennE says:

    Oh absolutely beautiful!

  335. HeidiMonkey says:

    I love love love the bags in this book. There isn’t one I wouldn’t love to make and have for myself!

  336. Tina Rice says:

    Thanks so much for your input. Your bags are beautiful!

  337. There are so many patterns in this book that I would love to try! Amy Butler’s patterns are amazing!

  338. Southern Gal says:

    I love Amy’s fabrics, but these bags are so beautiful! I would love to win a book. Thanks.

  339. JaiCi says:

    I want this book SO badly!!!

  340. tess says:

    great review of what looks like a fantastic book!

  341. Kris says:

    Wow! Now I feel inspired to go make myself a new bag.

  342. Rebecca says:

    Amy Butler’s Birdie Sling is mt all time favorite bag. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  343. megan says:

    great bags!

  344. Isabella says:

    Those bags (both in the pictures and the ones Lisa made) look fabulous! I need to get my hands on this book. :)

  345. Lauren says:

    These projects look great. I’d love to try one myself.

  346. Ange says:

    I love the fabrics used in the Cosmo bag.

  347. QSOgirl says:

    wow, these bags look great. I hope I can get my hands on a copy of the book soon!!

  348. The pleated clutch is so cute! :)

  349. Michelle says:

    Oh I’m so excited about this book!

  350. Jen Higgins says:

    I love Amy Butler, she always has such awesome fabric and patterns!

  351. Chris says:

    Lisa’s bags are both wonderfully done. The book looks like a treasure to have.

  352. Camille says:

    I’ve never attempted to make a bag but it looks like it would be a fun challenge for me!

  353. Cindy says:

    What a great review. Thanks!

  354. Georgia says:

    Wow! This book looks great! Thanks for the excellent review!

  355. Kristi says:

    I purchased this book – absolutely love the styling in the book! Love all the mixing of patterns. Since I am still a beginner (probably an advanced beginner – I’ll give myself a little credit!) I think I will still need to get a couple more projects under my belt before trying the cosmo bag. The directions look intimidating but I think that is because Amy explains everything in great detail, as she does in all her patterns.

  356. Merchy says:

    Hello, I like these bags, they seem to me wonderful pieces of art.

  357. Lauren says:

    oh! ive been contemplating buying this book ever since it came out. that cosmo bag is gorgeous!

  358. Katrin says:

    I would love to win the book! It is on my amazon wishlist.

  359. Jen says:

    Beautiful bags!

  360. Chris Aiton says:

    Love both of these bags!

  361. Ana says:

    Thank you for this review!!

  362. Lucy S says:

    I love Amy Butler’s bags. I have a pattern that I have re-created like 20 times for assorted gifts. I’m excited to see her new book.

  363. Trisha says:

    Thanks for the review. The bags look lovely. I am just starting to sew and kepe thinking a bag might be a fun project.

  364. Angela says:

    I LOVE the way your bags turned out Lisa! Beautiful! I really want that book now!

  365. Aditi says:

    Awesome bags!

  366. Stacy W. says:

    OK, so now not only do I want this book, I also can’t wait for Lisa to start selling her own patterns. What beautiful bags he makes! I now have another blog to keep up with…

  367. Caroline says:

    Oh my… bags and Amy Butler in one book :) Fabulous… would LOVE to win a copy!

  368. robyn says:

    the cosmo bag is beautiful, would love to make one myself!

  369. Sara says:

    Nice review! makes me actually want to try to sew a bag.

  370. britt says:

    that pleated clutch is adorable, but I’m not sure I have the patience for that

  371. Megan S says:

    Always excited to try out the new Amy Butler patterns–and the opportunity to use her fun fabrics!

  372. briana says:

    great job!

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