The Bag Making Bible Interview

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Today, Lisa Lam joins us for an interview to talk about her first book, The Bag Making Bible. Most of us know Lisa from her popular U-handblog where she’s been sharing her bag-making expertise for 5 years, and her U-handbag shop where she carries an amazing assortment of bag-making hardware, patterns and kits. Lisa has taken her know-how to print with her new book that contains a wide variety of beautiful bag patterns for sewists of all skill levels.

Enjoy our interview with Lisa and leave a comment below for a chance to win one of two copies of The Bag Making Bible. Also, be sure to check out our next post where you can find a free PDF pattern from the book! You’ll also have a chance to one of the actual bags that was used for the photos in the book!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: You’ve been running U-Handbag for 5 years now. With all that bag-making experience, how did you decide which bags to include in the book?
Yes it is 5 amazing years. U-handbag had it’s birthday last November. Much of the content in my book was inspired by my customers and blog readers. Over the years I’ve received tons of email and blog comment requests for various bag making techniques and advice. In all those years of requests I’ve seen common themes and items that folks commonly want help with. Time and time again I heard that people wanted to know how to adjust their own bag patterns, add zips or pockets to existing designs, or simply didn’t know what the heck to do with interfacing! So in response I filled the book with these bag making techniques so that readers of all skill levels could customize their own bag patterns in the way that they wanted to. As for the designs I wanted some of them to be a little more involved compared to designs that you can find elsewhere. I get a buzz from gently encouraging readers to try something a bit new and to learn a whole new technique in the process. This approach seems to work for them and for me. I’ve been lucky enough to receive lots of kind feedback in my years as a craft blog tutorial writer – so we must doing something right. πŸ™‚ It was also essential that the book designs were all brand-new (not copies of designs from my previous tutorials of my patterns).

Sew,Mama,Sew!: I think one thing that really makes your bags stand out from other designers’ is the use of hardware. You use snaps and rings and zippers and buckles like no one else! Any advice or words of encouragement for those of us who don’t have much experience with these accessories?
Yes it’s true, when it come to my designs I am a bit of a ‘metal-magpie’. I adore designer fabrics as much as the next fabric monster, but I find that popping on a magnetic snap, a purse frame or metal purse chain onto your fabric creation is one of the most effective ways to lift your handmade purses to a whole new level – where folks will begin asking you ‘did you make it, or did you buy it?’. Metal accessories are simple to use and none of the metal-ware I work with requires any fancy tools. There is a whole chapter in my book dedicated using metal accessories, but if you don’t have a copy (and you want to check out what is possible) there are lots of free tutorials on my blog. If using you are using metal accessories for the first time, I suggest starting with a simple magnetic snap for a closure or popping on some metal-D-rings onto your fabric bag handles. You won’t believe the big difference a small metal accessory makes!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Amy Butler wrote a lovely and gracious introduction to your book. How did you two meet?
Yes, I was so incredibly touched by what she wrote. Amy is as warm and lovely as she is talented. We first connected over her sewing patterns. Back in 2006 I wrote her an email telling her that I was a UK fan, that I stocked her patterns and I really admired her work and ethos. Amy swiftly wrote back and we’ve been craft-fiend buddies ever since. I still do get ‘rock-star syndrome’ whenever we meet, but each time it lessens a little. Ha ha!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Do you have a favorite bag of your own?
Oh a favorite bag. That’s a toughie! I guess my favorite bag is actually inside the book. It’s ‘The Great Getaway Bag’. At the time I think my publisher might have thought I was a bit crazy for putting this design in the book because it is quite challenging, but I felt that this bag should be included because it looks so ‘accomplished’. I knew it might be risky to include a more advanced design in a craft book, but I thought it was important to throw a few more ‘meaty’ designs into the mix because it feels as though more experienced sewists aren’t always as well catered for. Quick & easy projects are very important for encouraging newbie crafters (and for emergency pressies!), and there are more easily achievable designs in the book, but after a bit of practice we don’t stay newbies for long. I needn’t have worried – I’ve been sent reader photos of finished Great Getaway bags and they all look so amazing! πŸ™‚

Photo by ‘The Stitching Room’ and is taken from my The Bag Making Bible Book Flickr Pool

Sew,Mama,Sew!: The Bag Making Bible has been a smash already, which must be fun. What’s next for you?
Yeah! I and everyone who has worked The Bag Making Bible is completely blown away by the response to the book. Readers have been so openly kind and encouraging. To be able to distribute a piece of your work in book form to so many people is awesome in itself, but to get a such warm response to that work is really something else! I know it it’ll never go to my head, I just feel so lucky all of the time. Anyway, I’d make a rubbish ‘Diva’ because I live in my slippers!
What’s next? Well I am currently planning my next book, which will feature a lot more projects than the BMB. The new book will be published in 2012. For 2011, there are other new and exciting plans afoot that my publisher and I are currently talking about, but I have to shush about them for now… But something that has gotten me super-duper excited is that I may be visiting the US when my 2nd book is published. I’d LOVE nothing more than to meet my US crafting cousins face to face. I love the way that in the US, craft is recognized as a cool thing to do and it is way of life for so many. I find that so energizing and exciting!
To be interviewed on the SMS blog is a very cool thing. Thanks very much for having me here. I feel I’ve ‘arrived!’ πŸ™‚

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Lisa! Readers, don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win one of two copies of The Bag Making Bible. You should also check out the next post where you can download a free PDF bag pattern from the book and comment for a chance to win the actual bag from the pattern!

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752 Responses to The Bag Making Bible Interview

  1. patti says:

    I’m obsessed with sewing bags…just ask my husband who is oh so silly to think one can have too many bags and purses! I’d love to have this book!

  2. Joanna says:

    I’d love to have this book πŸ™‚ !

  3. Brett Quinton says:

    I would love to sew some bags but am not sure where to start. This would be great! I downloaded the free pattern and can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  4. random Cindy says:

    I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl and I’ve occasionally sewn bags. I do love finding the right hardware but I’m at a loss with interface. I often just use whatever I’ve got on hand which is probably not marked in any way so then I can’t duplicate what I like or figure out what could be better. I’ve popped into her website occasionally over the last few years. Good to be reminded.

  5. Sharon says:

    Sounds like a very unique bible…perfect for a bag lady….would love to have a copy!!!

  6. bttn says:

    It’d be great to win one of it!

  7. Tanya says:

    Looks like a fabulous book!

  8. Lulu says:

    My mom wanted to give me this book for Christmas! She ordered it from Amazon but they ended up being sold out and for good reason, it looks like a great book!

  9. Kayli says:

    This looks like a great book! I have made a lot of bags and would love to learn some secrets and tips! Thanks for the chance!

  10. Dawn says:

    Oh would I ever love this book. I so enjoyed the interview and can’t wait to go check out her website!

  11. Sandy K says:

    Wow, would love to win a copy of this great book….thanks for sharing!

  12. Sarah C says:

    I love the bags and would love to have a go at making some… or at least dreaming about making them when i get some time!

  13. Mary says:

    OMG!!! A bag bible. Who knew??? I love making bags so much. This seems ideal πŸ™‚

  14. Luci D says:

    What a pretty and useful book. LOVE the styles and tips!

  15. Fifa says:

    I really need to learn some bag making skills….this would help alot!

  16. Brianna says:

    Wow! I do hope to win, the book is beautiful! Where is it stocked if I don’t happen to be so lucky?

  17. Jane S says:

    Thanks for the new pattern! I am very curius of the other. Would love to see them.

  18. quilnut says:

    These bags are awesome!

  19. This book looks like something that definitely needs to be in my collection! The fun, colorful, stylish and flirty designs certainly speak to me. I would LOVE it!

  20. Lynley Slater says:

    This is one book I would just use and use. Love it!

  21. Paulette says:

    I love making purses and I was looking for a new pattern, thank you so much for this one, definitely will be making this one.

  22. Roberta says:

    This book is new to me, thanks for sharing the interview.

  23. Debbie Callaway says:

    I have just completed my second bag – I have sewn for years, but just now have discovered the joy of making purses!! I’m hooked on bags!!

  24. Julie Torrance says:

    I am an enthusiastic sewing novice and love to be inspired by sewing books! Lisa’s blog is awesome and I’m sure her book is great too!

  25. Ava Goodale says:

    these bags are gorgeous- the quest for the perfect bag may end here!

  26. Stephanie says:

    I’m kinda new (did it in middle school and picking it back up) and would love (love love) to make some cute bags!

  27. LaVern says:

    Would love to own a copy of this great book. Thanks.

  28. agostina says:

    What a great oportunity!!! Those bags are amazing
    thank you for the giveaway

  29. Willa says:

    The book looks wonderful. Would enjoy a copy immensely!


  30. Pam Latham says:

    This would be a great addition to my books. Love to make purses!

  31. Marlo says:

    This book looks amazing. I am new to Lisa’s bag, and this book would be a great intro.

  32. PlumLeaf says:

    I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Lisa’s bag making blog – but I’m glad I did! It’s very well written with handy tutorials to guide you through the scary bits of bag making like zips and pockets!
    She writes in a manner that is clear to use sewing novices and its as if your friend is sitting next to you guiding you every step of the way!
    I’ve attempted (& succeeded!) in making 2 bags and a purse from her site and am very pleased with my efforts!

  33. Ali says:

    Her designs are so inspiring. I love her use of hardware and vibrant fabrics.

  34. Rachael K. says:

    Oh so pretty! The book looks lovely too!

  35. Heather says:

    What a fantastic book. I am a little addicted to making bags, I am sure that this will be an addition to my book shelf.

  36. Skyemom says:

    I am totally fascinated by making purses but a little nervous to actually do so. This book would be an inspiring place to start.

  37. I’d so love to win this awesome book!

  38. Lisa says:

    This book looks wonderful. I am excited to start making bags- this books looks like it gives you the basics but offers new and fun ideas.

  39. Stacy says:

    It would be great to have this book. If I don’t win I will have to put is on my “hint-hint” list for the hubby.

  40. Stretch says:

    Great interview. I love the pattern she provided (fingers crossed for the book itself πŸ™‚

  41. sarah says:

    great book!

  42. MsVicki says:

    Looks like a wonderful book, and we all know you can’t have too many bags! Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. dil says:

    I’m really inspired by Lisa’s works. It would be lovely to get one of her book.

  44. Jody says:

    This book looks great! I’d love to learn the basics of bagmaking!

  45. Angela says:

    I’d love to have this book. I love her focus on how to customize patterns to suit yourself. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  46. Holly says:

    I’ll have to check out this book – I’d love to win it! Bags are my favorite things to make, but I’ve been intimidated by using hardware. Maybe this book will help me get over that πŸ™‚

  47. Lisa says:

    I am just getting into making bags and this book would be perfect to learn the basics. It sounds like it has everything!

  48. erin says:

    Wow !!! I love to have this book…Thanks for the chance….

  49. Alyssa says:

    I was just drooling over this book the other day! Looks fantastic!

  50. Melissa says:

    I love U-Handbag. When I started making purses, it was one of my first go-to blogs & I still follow it today! Keep up the great work, Lisa!

  51. Rochelle says:

    I’ve been sewing a lot of bags and purses lately. This book would be great to have!!

  52. Melissa B. says:

    What a great resource! Would love to win!

  53. Sylvia says:

    Great interview. Am a follower of Lisa’s — look her work and would love her book!

  54. amy says:

    Love, love Lisa’s work! She is amazing! I cannot wait to get my hands a copy of this book.

  55. Dorian says:

    This looks like a great book! I love making bags, would love to own it. Thanks for a chance at winning.

  56. Susie Wilson says:

    Really enjoyed the interview and reading all about Lisa and learning that I too can make my own bags!

  57. Geo says:

    Wowee! I love making bags for friends and family as gifts, its especially great when you don’t have much money to buy presents with! I would LOVE to have this book, looks amazing. My mum would enjoy it too! We really enjoy making things together.

  58. Alana says:

    Fantastic book! The designs are so cute and the instruction looks top notch. I would love to win!

  59. Tina T says:

    Oo, I’ve been wanting this book! Was planning on buying it, but I don’t have the budget for it at the moment. would be fantastic to win one though!

  60. Loree says:

    Wow, would love love love to win this book! Right up my alley!

  61. beccy says:

    Just started making bags and am LOVING it! What a great book!

  62. ~Carla~ says:

    Her bags are totally gorgeous! She’s uber talented! I’ll have to scope out a copy of her book! Thanks for the great post! πŸ™‚

  63. Carolyn says:

    Oh my! I am a total bag making freak! I would love to have a copy of this, for sure. Thank you for the chance! The book looks wonderful!

  64. Vickie says:

    Great interview! Lisa, I think you’d make a fabulous Diva-in-slippers! What’s the point of being a diva if you can’t wear slippers when you want to?

  65. Donna says:

    What a treat! I followed all of Lisa’s posts about the creation of her book – what an awesome thing to have a book published!

    It’s nice to visit your blog – I’m going to look around now.


  66. Sarah says:

    I’ve never heard of this book & know I WANT IT! The giveaway is awesome too!

  67. Kristin Orth says:

    Hello and thanks for a chance to win one of these books!

  68. Jennifer Pesetsky says:

    Love it. Would love to own it. Thanks for offering this great gift.

  69. Susan says:

    Love Love Love the book! Will be buying this book for sure !

  70. Dee says:

    Wow… book of bag making? Would love to have one copy of it. I think I’ve made simple bag once when I was in junior high, copying the pattern from a craft book. With guidance from the bag making bible, I can make many bags…!!!

  71. Jessie says:

    i’m completely drawn to bags, but haven’t found a good book that offers projects i like that aren’t either too easy or terrifingly challenging–bmb looks like it could finally fit the bill for me

  72. Kerstin Mensing says:

    Would be so great to get this lovely book! I love the differnt styles of each bag!

  73. Sam says:

    LOve the pictures. Would love to have this book.

  74. Kim says:

    Beautiful bags…. One for every occasion!

  75. Karen says:

    I have been a fan of Lisa’s blog for a long time. To have her book would add to the greatness! Thanks!

  76. Aneesah says:

    I bought the book for myself about a month ago — totally love it, even though I haven’t had the chance to sew any of the designs yet. (Boo uni!) Congratulations Lisa! Wonderful work, and lovely personality. πŸ˜‰

  77. Soraia says:

    Hi Lisa.I loved your book and already made the reversible bag..this is so beautiful!
    Thank you

  78. Jennifer H says:

    That book looks so awesome!! I LOVE Lisa’s website! She is super-talented!!

  79. Phyll says:

    This looks great . Would be so useful. Thanks

  80. Erin says:

    I’d love to try the Getaway Bag. I’ve been looking to buy something like it for ages, with no luck. Time to make my own!

  81. I so appreciate the fact in the book you have included all levels of projects. So many times books include entry level designs and then once those are created the book is useless. This book will continue to challenge and inspire!

  82. Gina says:

    If I don’t win this book, I’ll definitely buy it! πŸ™‚

  83. Aussie Mum says:

    What a great looking book. Fingers crose

  84. Deb says:

    I’m a complete newbie at sewing, but this book is definitely on the top of my wish list! I stumbled upon it while fabric shopping last week, and stood in the aisle forever browsing through it cuz I couldn’t put it down. πŸ™‚

  85. Chacoy says:

    Great interview, I absolutely love Lisa & her blog!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  86. Theodora says:

    I’ve been reading, getting tips, and purchasing fun metal thingies from the U-handblog for a couple of years now, and I was so happy to see that Lisa was expanding up and out with the new book. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! Thanks for the interview SMS!

  87. Katri says:

    I would LOVE to win this book!! I have admired it earlier and I kind of forgot it (because books are always quite expensive and you can’t order many at the same time..)But now I remembered that this was the one I was supposed to order in the close future!! Lisa seems so talented and her book looks SO well made! Thank you for the change to win it! πŸ™‚

  88. kathy w. says:

    I love reading Lisa’s blog. Thanks for the interviewÒ€”and for the contest!

  89. Jessica says:

    Oh, I hope I win!

  90. Amber says:

    I’ve been following Lisa’s blog for quite a while now and love all her designs! I’ve made a couple of her bags (both free and paid pdf patterns of hers) and love how easy and simple her directions are. I think it’s great for her to have put together such a good book and would love one myself! I got a little thrill the other day when I saw it was even available to buy down here in New Zealand!

  91. donaji says:

    I’m a huge fan of Lisa. Reading her blog it’s really interesting and following her tutorials it’s really easy. Thanks to her I’m thinking in sewing my first “real” bag!

  92. Stacy says:

    Oh, I love her site and I am absolutely a bag addict! Thanks for the chance to win!

  93. Heather says:

    I love sewing bags and would love a copy of this book!

  94. Latrilla says:

    I have been a fan of Lisa’s website for some time. I love handbags, totes, any type of stylish bag!

  95. Misty says:

    This book looks yummy! I would love to have the chance to win it. Thanks so much!

  96. Heather says:

    The book looks lovely!

  97. Tatiana says:

    Lisa, you are a genious! The bags are fabulous… I am about to start a sewing course, and bags are on my list of favorite things to sew!

  98. Anna says:

    Lovely interview & I have been coveting this book!

  99. Danielle says:

    Making a few bags is on my “to-do” list this year – this book would certainly help!

  100. Jeanne Egler says:

    What a great interview. I would love to own this book!

  101. Sarah says:

    I handed my husband the book in a bookstore before Christmas, but he didn’t get the hint! It looked wonderful, and I’d be thrilled to win a copy. Thanks, and I love both of the blogs!

  102. Diane B says:

    This book looks fantastic! I’d love to have a copy! Thanks for the chance.

  103. Rena Pearson says:

    This book will definitely go on my wish list! Thanks for sharing the pattern too.

  104. sharon says:

    fab interview and super site! Would LOVE LOVE to win finger crossed!

  105. Mary says:

    That book sounds amazing! I would love to win it!

  106. robin says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway chance! Looks like a very nice book.

  107. Nataly says:

    I’d love to have this book, I love to sew and make bags.
    Congratulations for this blog, I love it!

  108. Dot says:

    I don’t need the book, as I already own it, thank you very much! I’m a dedicated reader of both blogs, and supporter of her business. Ladies, really, you have GOT to get this book! Just sayin’. And no, I don’t work for her…

  109. Kora says:

    Would love to have this book. Lisa has great ideas and tips.

  110. patricia says:

    I am love Lisa’s site and her tips are perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. persis says:

    Hope it’s not too late to enter…

  112. Patricia says:

    I love this book. I’ve made several of the bags from this book and I’ve been able to design my own bags using what I have learned with this book. I encourage anyone interested in making bags to go buy it. I’ve looked though lots of bag books, but this is the first one that really shows you how to make any kind of bag, not just follow a pattern. I’ve also been able to modify some of her bag patterns, and others that I have made, to fit my needs more. I hope I can be as successful as Lisa one of these days with my bag making. I love making bags.

  113. jupiter says:

    Sounds like a fantastic book! I’m always looking for new and different designs for bags

  114. Jodie says:

    Would love to add this book to my library.

  115. Kimlien says:

    I love love love books about bags, I’m always looking to improve my skills and Lisa’s book would definitely be pure inspiration. She’s amazing!

  116. Noelia says:

    The book looks amazing!

  117. Vally says:

    I love bags and this book i think will be my favorite one!I will definitely make all the bags in it!:-)

  118. meri says:

    This is a fabulous book!
    Lisa does a great work!

  119. I’ve always admired Lisa. Such great and creative patterns that I enjoy. Great girl!

  120. Carolyn says:

    I would love to have this book. Lisa’ bags are always so fantastic.

  121. Bekah says:

    looks lovely!

  122. Carol says:

    Can I win a copy?!

  123. Carolyn says:

    I love making purses, this would be a great resource.

  124. Gale says:

    Lisa’s book looks amazing. Can’t wait to get a copy.

  125. Leigh says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book!!! beautiful work as always!

  126. Becky Stancill says:

    I love making bags! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Fun interview. I always suspected what she said about Amy Butler to be true.

  127. Hannah P. says:

    OHHH! pick me!

  128. Stephanie says:

    this would be a great book to win – I love making different purses/bags πŸ™‚

  129. Gen says:

    It would be so much fun to make (and have!) a bag like that!

  130. Jen B says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  131. Chantal says:

    Soooo inspiring!! I would spend hour just looking at all the bags!! And be happy to sew one ore more, just for myself πŸ™‚

  132. unravelledx3 says:

    Thank you for the pattern.

  133. Ryan May says:

    Wow! What a great book. I would so much love to win!!

  134. Erin C. says:

    I can’t get enough of her adorable bags! I hope I win πŸ™‚

  135. Karrieann says:

    I agree… one can NEVER have too many bags! A chance for this book would further aid in that! Thanks for the chance!

  136. Jen S says:

    This book looks fantastic. Just the inspiration I need for sewing some birthday bags together for some girlfriends and my sis.

  137. Penelope says:

    I just graduated from sewing blankets to my first bag. I loved making it and would love to use this book as a way to continue to make the leap into more advanced sewing techniques.

  138. Susan Fletcher says:

    Thanks for doing such a great book. It is truly worth having in the collection! I just love handbags!One for every season. Cross my fingers!

  139. Karen says:

    This book is on my amazon wish list, and I’m just going to have to go ahead and get it. Of course, I would love to win it! πŸ˜€

  140. Kathy B says:

    Awesome bags! Can’t wait to try making one.

  141. TL says:

    What a fabulous book! I’ve been wishing for one on bags like this and as I was taking time to catch up on reading ran across this post. Super EXCITED!

  142. Leisha says:

    I would LOVE to have this book!

  143. Becky T says:

    Looks like an awesome book and something I need since I am about to take on trying to make a bag

  144. Karen says:

    One can never have too many bags, right? This book looks fantastic!

  145. MomMa says:

    Wow look at all the comments! Here’s hoping…I’m just about to get started on a bag. Need to down size from the diaper bag but up size from the purse.

  146. Cindy says:

    What a wonderful book. You are so clever.

  147. Carolyn says:

    I really enjoyed your interview and wish you continued success. The book would be a wonderful addition to my sewing studio.

  148. Virginia Kessen says:

    Wow – takes a long time to scroll to the end of 500+ comments. Still, I’d love to win a copy too. Got fabric just waiting for the right bag.

  149. Patti says:

    I paged through this book at the bookstore and am so totally lusting after it…

  150. marjorie says:

    Hi….I can’t imagine 5 years….congrats to you Lisa….the book looks great and I would love to get the chance to look through it; bags are passion….love yours….

  151. Jackie says:

    I am just getting into sewing my own bags and this book looks like it will be a must read!

  152. Lisa Garrett says:

    I love the hardware Lisa uses! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  153. Carola says:

    Follow Lisa on facebook. Would LOVE to win the book. I have only made the most simple of bags so far but am always dreaming of a wider variety. Thanks for the chance to win!

  154. janet spratt-burch says:

    am new to this website but already addicted. looking forward to making the bag, thanks

  155. Kirsty says:

    The book looks great! Would love to tackle something from there!

  156. I’ve loved Lisa’s blog & have followed it since I started sewing “seriously” when my girls were born. Thanks for all the great tips & tutorials…I really hope to get my hands on this book!!! =)

  157. Jane says:

    Looks fun! Think the book will be great for beginners like me! :^D

  158. priti says:

    hmmmm……….even if I don’t win it here,I am gng to buy it anywayz……… Lisa you rock:)

  159. Anna says:

    I’ve been following Lisa’s blog for over a year (almost 2) now, and this book was at the top of both my Christmas and my birthday lists. Now that my birthday just went by (1/24) without the book, it would be so great to win it! I will wait just a little longer to see if that happens before heading over to Amazon to buy it πŸ™‚

  160. damia says:

    I love Lisa’s bag patterns! This book is definitely on my must-get list… winning it would be fabulous πŸ™‚

  161. Janelle says:

    What a fun book!! Would love to get my hands on this!!

  162. Carrie says:

    I’ve been enjoying making bags as my creative outlet since my son was born a year ago. This book looks fantastic and I’d love to make some of Lisa’s purses!

  163. Pam T. says:

    I’ve followed Lisa’s blog for quite a while now & have learned a lot from her tutorials and tips. Her book will be a great one to have & I’m anxious to see it.

  164. Raeann says:

    I have only made a couple of simple bags ~ this book would help spur me on to making more! Just looking at the cover makes me want to dive right in!

  165. Ginger says:

    This sounds like an awesome book. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  166. Terea says:

    Winning this would be awesome! So many wonderful bags in there! Thank you for the opportunity!

  167. Kristin says:

    Who can resist! I am a regular reader of her blog and love her stuff! So creative!

  168. missknitta says:

    Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  169. would Γ’β„’Β₯ to win the book!

  170. Deborah L says:

    That looks like a great book! I’m a quilter, but have just recently gotten bitten by the bag-sewing bug!


  171. Liza A. says:

    I’ve been meaning to buy this book, but it would definitely help me a lot if I win it…for free!!

  172. Amanda B. says:

    I would love to add this book to my library, I can never have too many bags!!

  173. Kirsten N says:

    A book all about bags – how wonderful!

  174. Claire says:

    I’m obsessed with making bags at the moment as they are really good beginner sewer projects. I would love a copy of this book!

  175. Michele says:

    I haven’t made a bag yet but this looks like it could be fun. Thanks for the bucket bag pattern. The directions are great.

  176. Michele says:

    Looks likea great book!

  177. Michelle says:

    Would love a copy of this book!!

  178. Kelly says:

    Follow Lisa on facebook, have been dreaming of getting this book, so would love, love, love to win. I agree about metal accessories, but have only done magnetic closures and d-rings thus far. Would love to try a purse frame sometime soon. Thanks for the chance to win!

  179. shannon r. says:

    I would take on the great getaway bag for sure! It’s awesome, glad you included it in the book.

  180. char says:

    Thank you for the interview. I’d love to have the book.

  181. kim says:

    yes! would love to win!

  182. Kathy says:

    I’m just starting to explore bag-making and this book looks great. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  183. Rachel T says:

    Looks amazing, cant wait to read!

  184. Lisa says:

    I would love to win this book, it looks like a great title for a beginner to someone more advanced.

  185. mary d says:

    oh my gosh, what a great giveaway!

  186. Gail C says:

    I would so love to own this book. TY for the chance to win one.


  187. Cathy P says:

    I’ve been following Lisa’s blog for a couple of years and I’ve had this book on my wish list since it came out. She’s inspired me to embellish my hand made bags with lots of professional touches.

  188. Erica (A Yankee in Jawja) says:

    Sew, sew, sew cute! πŸ˜€

  189. Liz says:

    This was great interview and review for the book. I would love to win a copy.

  190. Heather says:

    Great interview and giveaway!

  191. jenjen1 says:

    Aaaah! Can’t wait to get my sewing machine out!

  192. Oooh, I’m excited about that free PDF pattern! And I’m thrilled that you’re giving away two copies of the book – it looks fabulous! Thanks for the Interview, I enjoyed it!

  193. Alethea says:

    The last bag pictured looks very similar to a 1940s bag I saw once. Very cute!

  194. grace says:

    What is it about making bags that is so intinsically appealing on so many levels? They can be individual, beautiful and creative expressions that have the bonus of being useful and a part of our everyday life. I just love them.

  195. Leah says:

    I love how all of Lisa’s work over the years has culminated in a book to share with everyone. So great and something to be proud of.

  196. Ellen M. says:

    I’m looking forward to learning to add hardware to my bags – it takes them up to a new level!

  197. SewSavvy says:

    Love the interview… so inspiring

  198. Erin says:

    I love her blog and use the tutorials all the time… I hope I get a chance to check out the book soon!

  199. SewSavvy says:

    I so enjoyed this interview, thank you both! So inspiring

  200. Paula says:

    Congratulations on the great-looking book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  201. Shelly says:

    I’ve heard lots of great things about this book. Since I love bags, it’d be a great win!

  202. Amy says:

    Looks like a lovely book. My DH is English, I’d love to be able to have an English crafty book to make things for his family from.

  203. Penelope says:

    What a lovely book and I can’t wait to check it out! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  204. peggyann says:

    Thanks for sharing the free pattern, I found U-Handbag when I first started blogging and enjoyed her posts and tutes!

  205. Felicia says:

    I am really trying to expand my sewing reference library, and I would love this book! I’ve had fun making some easy bags, and some trouble with more complicated ones, so this would be a big help!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  206. Lola says:

    What a beautiful book! Would love to win!

  207. Day says:

    Thank you for the giveaway ! I do believe if I don’t win I will definitely be putting it on my list. Handbag sewing is an art unto itself.

  208. Carrie says:

    I found Lisa’s blog several months ago and fell in love. I have downloaded and made the pinafore purse…awesome directions! Learned how to use a metal frame from her site as well as inserting zippers. I am a novice seamstress, but everything has turned out very well because of her clear directions!

  209. Cristina says:

    I have been eyeing this book for awhile now, I would love to win a copy. Fingers crossed.

  210. laura says:

    Love her work!

  211. Denise says:

    Great interview, it’s nice to hear about the lady behind the beautiful bags! Looking forward to buying the book πŸ™‚

  212. What a wonderful book to win, thanks for the giveaway!

  213. Amelia says:

    Another blog to add to my reader! I must have this book, I’m terriable with zippers and I’ve been contemplating trying a bag with d-rings or something else fun like that. Looks like a great book for the bag obsessed.

  214. Emily says:

    Sounds like a must have book!

  215. Jennifer says:

    This looks like an awesome book. I’m always looking for new bag patterns!

  216. Maria says:

    I love all her work and the bags she design!

    Thank you so much for this giveaway Lisa!


  217. Amy says:

    I have been following Lisa’s blog for the last year and LOVE it! The giveaway would be a great treat! Thanks to both Lisa and SMS for this great interview and giveaway.

  218. Lindsay Carter says:

    Thanks for the giveaway !!! I Γ’β„’Β₯ the blog and would Γ’β„’Β₯ the book !! Thanks again.

  219. Pam says:

    Love it! Thanks!

  220. Jocelyn says:

    This book looks so fun!

  221. Gina S. says:

    This looks like it a must have for purse makers everywhere!

  222. Jesy Kessel says:

    super cute interview and the book looks amazing!!

  223. Beth says:

    I love making bags. I know I will have to get this book. If I don’t win it I will certainly buy it. Now I have to go bookmark her blog! I think I’m in BIG trouble here!

  224. Karen C says:

    Wow! Sooo talented you are!!! You book looks amazing, your bags are fabulous!!! Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  225. Valerie Y says:

    I’m a newbie sewer, but I’ve already made a handful of bags because I just love ’em. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the free pattern!

  226. Jenny says:

    Just made my first purse, and I’m feeling encouraged to make more. This book looks like it would be very helpful!

  227. Palila says:

    I can’t wait to scoop up this book. Yay, bags!

  228. I love the part where she says she still gets “rockstared” by Amy Butler. I think that’s hilarioius and sweet!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  229. Donna says:

    Would love to add this book to my sewing collection!

  230. Nicole says:

    This looks like a great book! It’s on my wish list.

  231. Renee says:

    The amount of information in this book looks to be tremendous! I’ve loved reading the blog, and I’m hoping to be able to put the book to use – I’m in need of a few new bags for spring.

  232. Amy Zimmerman says:

    I have used Lisa’s website as a resource for years. I would love to have a hard copy full of her sewing wisdom! The book looks great.

  233. meikjn says:

    looks like fun!

  234. rose says:

    I’d love to try these out!

  235. IrishJenn says:

    Lisa’s work is awesome. Would love to get my hands on a copy of that book!
    Congrats on getting published.

  236. Beth says:

    What an incredible book!!! So inspiring!!!

  237. Michelle norris says:

    This would be a great book to have. What a talented lady!!!

  238. Sourkraut says:

    I love that site and am so pleased to see this book. It looks lovely!

  239. anne says:

    I love u-handbag and would be thrilled to win one of the copies of this book!!

  240. RaDonna Murner says:

    I love makeing my own handbags. This would be a treasure.

  241. Heather says:

    I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s work, and her bags are just gorgeous. Thank you for such a great giveaway.

  242. Jennifer N says:

    I’m loving making bags, and would love to have a whole book of patterns (but probably wouldn’t have time to make very many). Thanks for sharing.

  243. Stacey says:

    Oh Lisa, you are so inspiring! I found your blog a few years ago and have been a fan ever since! Thanks!

  244. Margaret says:

    I have been reading about this book for several months and Love all the patterns. She is a very talented and has a wonderful blog. I have learned several things from her and would love to learn more from her new book.

  245. Betsy M says:

    I have only made one bag thus far and this would be a beautiful book to learn from. Hope I’m in time for the drawing!

  246. paula smith says:

    Lisa is fab!!! She personally rang me over a query over an order and i was like WOW ..someone famous has phoned little me!!!!!! I cant wait to see the new book!!!
    Paula xxx

  247. I love making bags and think I would improve even more if I owned “the Bible”.

  248. Victoria says:

    I love learning new sewing techniques!

  249. Sarah says:

    This book is definitely on my wish list. Such cute and useful designs! I’m limitlessly inspired by a good handbag.

  250. Amanda says:

    Awesome designs! I would love to win the book.

  251. bess says:

    LOVE the getaway bag!!!

  252. Lilian Pinto says:

    I’m new to sewing and I love bags… can I get the book to start with?

  253. Sarah Keel says:

    That book would be simply awesome to have. I have wanted to try to make bags/purses but haven’t gotten past a box tote. ;o) (I’m a scared seamstres, what can I say…)

  254. Tina says:

    I adore Lisa & her designs! So glad you interviewed her – she’s the best πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  255. ~Heather says:

    Who couldn’t use another bag? And a book about how to make them pretty!

  256. Debi says:

    Fab interview, and the book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  257. Stacy says:

    This book looks wonderful. I love bags, but have only made a few so far. I’m off to check out the site right now!

  258. Sarah says:

    This book sounds great, even for a beginning beginner like me!

  259. Sandy O. says:

    Great book, I’ve been following her blog for a while now and am a big fan πŸ™‚

  260. Julianne Ross says:

    I think bags have to be one of my favoritest things in the world to sew. (sigh)

  261. Colleen says:

    The book sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  262. Neeza Zaini says:

    I make cloth but never a bag. Thus I hope to win this book so that I can give a shot on making bags. Btw, thanks for the free pattern. Would love to try sewing that too.

  263. Lyndel says:

    Looks like a great book. I want to make bags to use on my bike and I think I could learn lots about how to get started. Or just make a pretty bag!!!

  264. Azu says:

    Sounds great! it must be a wonderful source of new projects. Fingers crossed!

  265. ainhoa says:

    Good interview. It looks like a great book. Thanks.

  266. mims says:

    i’ve been meaning to sew myself a new bag…

  267. janet in jackson says:

    I love her uhandblog (and comments about her right brained doctor-super-hubby!) Great interview and the book looks wonderful! Thanks!

  268. stacey says:

    this seems like a great book with which to make my foray into bag-making!

  269. This book sounds fantastic, and great that there are some challenging projects in it. Another book to add to my wishlist!

  270. Roberta says:

    Love this book…great interview and I’d love to win one of the book giveaways. Thanks for offering this!

  271. Rachel says:

    I would love to have this book. It sounds like it is full of good information.

  272. Heather says:

    This book is now on my “things I want” list. If no one’s gotten the hint by my birthday it will be going on my “things I NEED” list! Okay, maybe it’ll have to get bumped up sooner…my birthday’s not till August! I’m now off to discover her blog…

  273. Carol says:

    I love the look of these bags!

  274. Cricket says:

    I love patterns that actually teach me new things. I’d be thrilled to win a copy of this book.

  275. Alli Forsyth says:

    The book looks fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  276. Karen says:

    I love Lisa’s blog and the book looks fantastic!

  277. StudioCherie says:

    Congratulations on the book(s). Lovely interview.

  278. Shannon H says:

    What a wonderful book this would be to win!!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  279. Jen K says:

    I’ll admit, I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t think I could do the snaps, buckles, etc…I’ll have to give it another look & have some faith in myself!!

  280. Alyssa Sorenson says:

    I was just looking at this book on Amazon! On my wish list so now I really hope I win it! Crossing my fingers!

  281. Great interview! This book is next on my wishlist!

  282. erika says:

    This would be a great book with ‘inside’ construction techniques. What you can’t see makes all the difference to how the finished bag looks and performs!

  283. Rhiana says:

    I eat, sleep, and dream bags, totes, purses, clutches, etc! To be able to make my own…heaven! Pick me!

  284. Lauren Davison says:

    Yup. This is something that’s gonna have to be purchased if I don’t win… I. LOVE. BAGS. πŸ™‚

  285. Maysa says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the chance!

  286. Holly Atherton says:

    The book looks pretty amazing – another reason I need more time in my life!

  287. heidi says:

    What a great resource! I love to make bags and never seem to like a pattern well enough to stick to it. I’d love to learn new tricks.

  288. Tammy says:

    It’s so nice to have a book full of tips and instructions for inspiration. Thanks for the pattern!

  289. Jayme says:

    I am looking forward to the pattern!

  290. Tina L. says:

    The book looks very interesting. Would love to win.

  291. Myra says:

    Great interview. I would love a chance to win a copy.

  292. Cheryl says:

    Awesome. Sounds like a great book!

  293. carrie says:

    Oh, my! That book looks amazing!!

  294. Kaesmene says:

    This looks like a great book! I’d love to have a copy.

  295. Genevieve says:

    Great interview!


  296. Elizabeth says:

    My bags are always so floppy – this book looks great! So excited, thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  297. molly says:

    Beautiful bag!

  298. Gina says:

    What a great looking book. You can’t go wrong with making bags!

  299. Debbie says:

    Looks like great book Would love to win Thanks

  300. Donna H says:

    I love all the photos, looks cool!

  301. nopinkhere says:

    Count me as one of those who wants to know what the heck to do with my interfacing. I also really like the look of metal accessories and would like to learn more about how to use them properly.

  302. Kaye M. says:

    I really enjoyed the interview with Lisa and I like that she included some more advanced designs in her new book. I like lots of pockets and metal too. It makes a more professional-looking bag.

  303. Becky says:

    I’d love to win one of her books. I could sew for EVERYONE!!

  304. Carey says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! Would love to own it!!

  305. DiLaughing says:

    I’d love to win this book! Thanks!

  306. Mary Arntson says:

    Love your bags…Wow

  307. Amy G. says:

    Looks like a great book!

  308. Carol says:

    Wow! That’s all I have to say. Bags are definitely in my next “sewing projects” plans. I intended to make 4 bags for my school children at the beginning of the school year and only got 2 done. It is so inspiring to see all the new ideas available.

  309. Megan says:

    I just made one of her bags today! It was in an English craft magazine I saw at Barnes and Noble. It’s so cute and was quite easy. This book looks like a lot of fun!

  310. Beth says:

    I would love to make a bag!! I’ve knitted some bags before, but never sewn/quilted one.

  311. Kristin says:

    My husband laughs because I make so many bags…but I am still searching for the perfect one, I have not found it yet. This looks like a great book to help me in my hunt!

  312. Carla says:

    I would love to win this book! =)

  313. Bethany S says:

    I would love this book….my husband got me a serger for Christmas and I;ve been in a major sewing mode! I’m headed to the fabric store Thursday to stock up on materials for all my projects….at the top of the list is definitely the reversible bag from today’s blog!!! Can’t wait!

  314. Rebekah says:

    The book looks really great…I’d love to have a copy!

  315. Kristin S. says:

    Oh if I don’t win I might just buy it anyway! Looks like a fabulous book πŸ™‚

  316. Carolyn J. says:

    I love making bags…….this looks like a facinating book!!!

  317. Terri says:

    Great bags! Keeping my fingers crossed…

  318. Jenny says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  319. Kimberly N says:

    I love the idea of a book of techniques. Learning how to do modifications makes every pattern so much more versatile.

  320. MelodyJ says:

    This looks like a great book.


  321. Margaret H says:

    When I saw this book, I thought, “Another bag book”. But when I saw it was by Lisa, I knew I really wanted it. It would be great to have this book.

  322. Jenny S. says:

    I really like this book. I love making different bags, new ones are my favorite.

  323. Barbara says:

    Looks like a great book – I’d love to win it.

  324. Audrey says:

    So great! I love bags, and I love books. What else is there, unless you can throw in a “how-to” for fabulous shoes!

  325. Norma M. says:

    This seems like such a great book!

  326. Kimberly says:

    The book looks amazing. I have always loved her use of hardware too!

  327. sara says:

    what a great resource! I’d love to win this book!

  328. Pretty much all I make is bags. I’d love to have some tips on how to improve my skills.

  329. Jan says:

    I enjoy Lisa’s blog and appreciate her great combination of pretty projects and practical tips and tricks. I’d love to win a copy of the book; if anyone can help me produce a great bag, it’s Lisa!

  330. Diane says:

    This book has been on my wish list for a while! When I first put it on my list it was actually out of stock. Glad to be reminded it is available again! Looking forward to February…and the opportunity to begin some new projects.

  331. Em says:

    What beautiful designs, the book looks wonderful!

  332. Andrea C says:

    this book looks like so much fun!! would love to own it πŸ™‚

  333. mama lusco says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! I need to try adding some hardware now πŸ™‚

  334. Kit Flores says:

    This book sounds exciting. I love making bags but have been disappointed with lack of details like pockets in an attempt to keep patterns simple.

  335. Emily says:

    I love, love, love making bags! This would be a great book to have! Thank you for the giveaway!

  336. Toni says:

    Looks like a fun blog…will have to check it out!

  337. Peggy Pace says:

    The colors are fresh and inspiring. I just love bags of all kinds. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  338. Jodie says:

    Love making bags! Definitely need to check out this book. Thanks for the interview.

  339. Jessica says:

    I’m already planning on trying to make handbags and totes this year, so this book would get me off to a great start!

  340. adrienne says:

    I’d love to win this book!

  341. melanie says:

    looks like a book everyone should have, amazing!!!!

  342. Ramona says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the different bags and love the bucket bag and the great getaway bag. Looking forward to this book.

  343. Stitchybritt says:

    Handmade bags make great gifts, so if I win this book – guess what everyone’s getting for Xmas this year? : )

  344. mkate says:

    I love bags! Making them and owning them!

  345. Jen V says:

    Ooooo, bags are my bag! They really are my favorite project and I love Lisa’s blog. Great interview!

  346. Janis T says:

    This looks like a wonderful book, I’ve been wanted to learn to make bags for a while now. This would be a great book to get me going!

  347. Sylvie says:

    I love bags and can never have enough patterns. I would love to win her book!

  348. Jenny says:

    This book would definitely be a great addition to my sewing book collection! Thanks for the chance to win! I’ll have to go follow her blog now!

  349. starjumper says:

    i’ve been looking at this book for a while now… it’s really nice to get a sense of how it’s layed out on the inside! i can’t wait to see her new book when it comes around!

  350. Laura Reich says:

    Oh, so cool! Thank you!

  351. Christine M says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Lisa. Her book looks great.

  352. Amy A says:

    How funny to see the book/interview today – I was just looking at this book on Amazon! I had my eye on the Reversible Tote pattern and here it is.

  353. karen says:

    That book looks fantastic!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  354. jackie says:

    Oh Wow what a great book this would be to have,Bags are always fun to have & to make!

  355. Stephanie T. says:

    I love bags! My hubby would be thrilled if I started making them instead of buying them. πŸ™‚

  356. sarahliz says:

    I’ve been contemplating making a new work bag and trying to figure out what I want. This looks like it’d be great inspiration.

  357. Brooke says:

    im just learning to sew and i would love to win. how do i enter?

  358. Morgan says:

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaways!!

  359. Angela F says:

    I’ve been wanting to make bags for a long time now, but just couldn’t figure it all out. This would be great to get me started!

  360. Elisa E says:

    I love the bag on the cover. I have only just started to sew and hope that one day I will be good enough to make something like this bag. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  361. charity says:

    Her fabric choices and bag designs look wicked cool. I would love this book!

  362. Joan says:

    Such pretty bags! I’ve just started sewing and would love to have a copy of this book!

  363. Beth says:

    Looks like a great book – can’t wait to see it!

  364. kathyh says:

    I like this book.

  365. What a great book! Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

  366. Wendy B says:

    oooo goody!, lots of bags in the one book….and gorgeous ones at that! Wouldn’t that be a prize?????
    thanks for the chance to win one

  367. chelsea says:

    thanks for the chancde

  368. Megan says:

    I would love to win this book! I really need some inspiration!

  369. Joey says:

    I have just started looking at making a bag. I have done some simple totes and that kind of thing, but wanting to “go the next step” and do a nice lined purse with pockets etc. This looks like a great book – I will have to investigate!

  370. wow, this does look like a great addition to my sewing book stash!

  371. Liz says:

    I have a friend that would just love this book!

  372. Ginny says:

    Instead of a “shoe” fetish, I have a “bag” fetish! So far I’ve stuck to simple designs, but would love to expand my horizons, especially using the hardware accents. It would be a great book to have.

  373. Zrinka says:

    This looks better than any other bag making book I got from our library. worth having.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  374. taysha riggs says:

    I want to make enough bags so my husband and I don’t have to half it at the grocery store.

  375. Danielle says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  376. Margaret says:

    I love the emphasis on hardware in her book — I agree, that’s a big difference between a bag that looks handmade vs. one that looks professional. I’m excited to check out the book!

  377. A.J. Dub says:

    This book looks fantastic! It would be great to put in my small crafting library.

  378. Amy Rochelle says:

    Wow. Aside from the projects, what a fabulous reference book this would be to have in my library

  379. Jennifer says:

    I love Lisa’s blog and would also love a copy of the book!

  380. Janet K says:

    I love Lisa’s tutorials and had her book on my Christmas wish list…but didn’t get a copy. Thanks for the chance to wine one!

  381. sarah says:

    i would LOVE this book! thanks for the chance!

  382. Laura says:

    I have so much to learn! That bag would be soooo awesome to have in my clutches!

  383. Angela H says:

    I love bags of all sorts and love reading Lisa’s blog and have ordered a kit from her shop which I am now just starting to make up. I even get to fit some of her hardware in it…..So looking forward to finishing the bag and using it and hopefully getting lots of comments on it….

  384. Annette says:

    Oh. I can’t resist bag making books/patterns! This looks absolutely gorgeous…
    Thanks for the chance!

  385. Carol says:

    The bags are great. Making bags is what I am into right now. I love to give them away. Having some new patterns would be great.

  386. Tonya says:

    What a fun book! Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win!

  387. Julie says:

    I have looked at this book several times! I would love a chance to win one!

  388. What a great book! Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

  389. JenRichards says:

    Thanks! I’ve never seen U-handbags before – I’ll definitely check out Lisa’s site and blog! Looks like a great book!

  390. Morgan says:

    This book looks great!

  391. Heidi says:

    Oh my. Definitely putting this book on the wish list!

  392. Jessica says:

    Had to comment with hopes of winning. What an amazing looking book!

  393. Leigh Anne says:

    Great interview! I’d love to have this book in my collection πŸ™‚

  394. Jocelyn C says:

    What a great book! With 3 kids running from activity to activity, we can never have enough bags! One of my first bags made was from the u-handblog site. I’m so excited for the book πŸ™‚

  395. bruinbr says:

    Awesome! I love Lisa and her gorgeous designs! Thanks for the giveaway!

  396. It looks like a great book – I love making bags not to much experience on working with the hardware. It would be interesting to see what she has to say. Thanks for the chance to win!

  397. Jennifer Dancy says:

    LOVE the concept of this book! I hadn’t seen it before now! If I don’t win a copy, I will likely go buy it!

  398. Jackie says:

    I love bags, and I would love even more to be able to make my own.

  399. Laura says:

    Wow! Going to check out Lisa’s blog now!

  400. Dana B. says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  401. Leontine says:

    All the way from the Netherlands a great WOW for Lisa’s lovely designs! I just love the way she makes sewing a unique bag possible for everybody. In a world of mass-production it’s so important to have your own style, create unique items for yourself and the people you love and just be you. Lisa is one of the people who makes that possible with her wonderfull bags. So many thanks to Lisa Ñnd to sewmamasew for the possibility to win Lisa’s book. I’d love to win a copy!

  402. wendy says:

    Woot! This looks like a fabulous book… I love Lisa’s blog πŸ™‚

  403. Samantha says:

    I love what Lisa said about including advanced projects too. I’m not a beginner and, while I’m appreciative of easy projects for quick gifts, I also really appreciate advanced projects to challenge me and sharpen my skills. Can’t wait to see this book!

  404. Aileen says:

    I love Lisa’s blog and it is the fist place I go to when trying to work anything out. I am so thrilled to know she has a book out, will be on the lookout for it in the local bookshops!

  405. Beth P. says:

    Wow! That’s a book I’d sure love to win!

  406. Sarah says:

    I love Lisa’s bags and would love even more to win this book!

  407. mila says:

    I hope the book is easy enough for a newbie, too
    Would love to try some of these patterns

  408. all8garden says:

    This sounds great! While I’m an accomplished sewist and definitely need craft books with more MEAT, I’m relatively new to bag making. Thank you for the opportunity to 1-learn about this book and 2-perhaps win one! Hurray!

  409. Nancy V. says:

    I would love to have this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  410. Pepie says:

    what a great book πŸ™‚

  411. Kendall says:

    What a cool book. I’d love to challenge myself with some of the patterns!

  412. Jessica says:

    I love Lisa’s blog, so this is very exciting! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  413. bookboxer says:

    What a great looking book! Thanks so much for your generosity!

  414. Thanks so much for introducing Lisa to us all — I’m not sure how I’ve missed her up until now, and I look forward to checking out her site!

  415. Sarah L. says:

    I’ve been reading U-Handblog for about a year now. I love Lisa’s designs!

  416. Maya says:

    I can never make enough bags! This looks like a great book.

  417. Brittney B says:

    Awesome book such talented people out there

  418. Sara says:

    it looks like a great book. i’ll have to check it out on amazon

  419. robin says:

    Looks like a great book!

  420. kvossler says:

    Would love, love, love to win the book. What an awesome giveaway.

  421. Betty says:

    I’ve had a flick through the book and it’s definitely one for the bookshelf, i’m crossing my fingers!

  422. Michie says:

    I would love to make some projects from this book!

  423. Nichole says:

    Fun interview – thanks for the chance to win the book. I’m anxious to see it in person.

  424. Joanne says:

    Cute bags!! I am hoping to make some bags for my daughter and me. Would love to win the book!! Thanks.

  425. Marcia W. says:

    This appears to be a useful book for bag patterns – with extra help for tips. I’ve never made a bag and would enjoy having this book to help me along the way.

  426. Cassie F says:

    This book looks like I could have some fun with it. I am totally thinking of all the birthday/holiday gifts I could make for my girlfriends!

  427. Bailey says:

    Looks like a great book!

  428. Jeneen says:

    Lisa’s patterns and tutorials are great! I’d love to have this book.

  429. Lynda says:

    I would love to check out this book, thanks!

  430. Laura says:

    Great Book! I’ve never found THE Handbag, so I’m going to make my very own one and with this book that’s going to be easy as cake!

  431. Diane says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to be able to try out some of the designs.

  432. Cecilia says:

    Great book! Great interview! Everything is great here!

  433. Amy B says:

    I often take bag sewing books from the library but don’t actually own one….would love to have this one for myself!

  434. Kelly P says:

    What a useful book! I’m excited to try some new patterns — lately I’ve just been making the same bag over and over again. Thanks for the chance to win!

  435. VickiT says:

    Great interview. Thank you. Lisa is so well grounded for someone that has so many fans of her work. I have had Lisa’s new book on my wish list on Amazon since I first learned of it. It just looks like a must have book because of all I’ve read from Lisa. I’ve followed her blog for a number of years now although quietly for the most part, but she has SUCH great ideas a style. I’d love to own this book.

  436. Jackie H says:

    What fun! πŸ™‚ I must check this out soon! πŸ™‚

  437. Joy says:

    Sounds like a very fun book!

  438. SewLindaAnn says:

    I browsed this book and put it on my wish list! Great all inclusive info. on how to do everything. I’d love to win it!

  439. Hilary says:

    Love the Getaway bag!

  440. Lynn says:

    I have never made a bag, but I want to! Thanks for the giveaway!

  441. Kat Nanay says:

    What a great book! I can’t wait to try it!

  442. Runa says:

    Hey Lisa youre a rockstar! What I like the most about her bags is that although they look very finished and professional, they also look so handmade and personalized. I’ve also noticed that though she uses alot of hardware, which I dont find easily here in Bombay, I’ve managed to alter them with the other tutes on her blog. Thats why I’m a big fan πŸ™‚

  443. Aly Porter says:

    Wow! Looks like a great book! I would absolutley LOVE to win a copy! I really want to know how to make a good handbag πŸ™‚

  444. Ann says:

    I enjoy her blog and the book looks amazing.

  445. melissa says:

    Who doesn’t need a new bag? Thanks for the chance!

  446. Alli says:

    This looks like a fantastic book!

  447. Renee says:

    I would love to have this book. There are so many beautiful bags to make in it.

  448. L says:

    Looks like a great book!

  449. Rebecca says:

    LOVE her designs ~ THANKS for the chance at winning her book!

  450. I love the u-handblog – been reading for ages. She’s so inspiring!

  451. Megan C. says:

    I love making bags! And this would be an amazing resource. What a great giveaway!!

  452. Diane says:

    WOW the new book looks awesome! U-handbag blog was one of the first blogs I started following. Lisa has awesome tutorials and great advise/instruction on making handbags. Would love to win the book!!

  453. MeganAnne says:

    This looks like a cool book. I’d love to win a copy!

  454. Lisa says:

    This looks like a great book to check out! Thanks!

  455. Deanna says:

    I’d love to have a physical book rather than just finding all my patterns on the internet.
    Thanks for the chance.

  456. Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional says:

    I haven’t felt brave enough to tackle making a handbag, but I still can’t find one in stores that really meets my needs. I’d love to learn more about it so I can build my confidence!

  457. linda says:

    Oh wow, would love to create The Great Getaway Bag… looks fabulous and getaways are always a good thing πŸ™‚

  458. Ana V says:

    i would love that book! I already bought 2 of her patterns, and love them!

  459. Crystal says:

    I would love to learn how to do metal closures on bags – and she makes it sound so easy! Thanks for sharing giveaways of the book!

  460. Amy says:

    Bags are my fave thing to make, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. Thanks for introducing us to this book (and blog, too!).

  461. Ines says:

    Oh making bags always looked a bit intimidating, can’t wait to check this out!

  462. DeNacho says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  463. June says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Lisa. Her bags look amazing! Will be looking for her book in the local shops.

  464. Rebekah says:

    This book looks amazing!! I love bags, but I guess, who doesn’t? πŸ™‚

  465. Terri B. says:

    I love Lisa’s blog. She is so witty and informative. It’s always a fun read. Congratulations on your book Lisa. Sure would love to have a copy.

  466. Amy says:

    Looks like fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  467. Corvus says:

    What a good concept for a book! I’d love to review it myself (and then sew lots and lots of bags).

  468. Camille says:

    IÒ€ℒve been wanting to get this book ever since it came out! LisaÒ€ℒs website is bookmarked on my computer and I check back frequently for new tutorials and inspiration.

  469. Camille says:

    I’ve been wanting to get this book ever since it came out! Lisa’s website is bookmarked on my computer and I check back frequently for new tutorials and inspiration.

  470. kate C. says:

    Thanks for the interview! The book looks great!

  471. kelly jo says:

    These bags look so fun and functional! Thanks for the giveaway!

  472. Ali says:

    This book looks great! It’s great to see a book with a range of easy to harder projects – so you can really grow with the book.

  473. Anita says:

    This looks like a wonderful book.

  474. Jessie says:

    Can you believe I haven’t made a single bag? I know, by all accounts it doesn’t make sense… I need to get started!

  475. Alina says:

    Love her choice of fabric on the bags too. So beautiful!

  476. DianeY says:

    This book sounds great. Thanks for the intro to U-handbags. I haven’t seen it before so I’ll check it out

  477. Monica says:

    Love Lisa’s patterns and I’ve made a few. I must admit that I wish she would have more free patterns on her website like she did in the past!

  478. Tara says:

    This just might be the book I need to jumpstart my itch to sew. Congratulations.

  479. sewtara says:

    I have a small bag/tote addiction and have made a rule I can’t buy myself any more but I am allowed to make them!
    The bags in the book are so lovely and Lisa’s a fountain of fantastic sewing tips.

  480. Q says:

    There is no such thing as having too many opportunities to play with fabric and bags. Delish!

  481. Melinda says:

    Ack! The last time I went to buy this book from Amazon it was out of stock! This is on my wishlist so maybe I’ll just win it here! Love her blog too!

  482. Rebecca says:

    I am a complete bag addict! Please pick me!

  483. Stacy says:

    What a great interview. I’d love to get some beginner bag patterns.

  484. marilyn podoll says:

    I need this bag book. I always find myself stuck on some part of a bag that I need help with.

  485. Claire says:

    I love to make bags!

  486. Celeste says:

    Looks like a great book–I already love the look of the instructions!

  487. Pam Hunter says:

    Thank you so much for the free PDF bag pattern. I am looking for everything I can get my hands on to sew and this is perfect. Very generous … thank you!!!

    I would love to put my name in the running for the book. Thank you for the opportunity!


  488. Allison says:

    The book looks fabulous! Would love to win it!

  489. Julie says:

    This book looks great. I would love to win it.

  490. Joke says:

    I love the U-handblog! So nice that she has a book πŸ™‚

  491. Gwen says:

    The book looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  492. Melanie says:

    Great inspiration! Bags are one of the projects that I have yet to tackle. This book looks like a great resource for beginners like me.

  493. Lorrie Orr says:

    What a great interview. The book sounds both inspirational and practical.

  494. Kelly Sas says:

    I would LOVE to have a copy of Lisa’s book – do you think she would autograph it??? I really like the travel bag and think I will give it a try. Great interview. It was fun to get to know lisa a little bit more.

  495. Denean says:

    Lisa, I love your blog and can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  496. Sonja says:

    With three daughters, a sister, 5 nieces, and two sisters-in-law I could put this book to good use come birthdays and Chritmas.

  497. Jen Higgins says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  498. elisabeth says:

    I LOVE this! I can’t wait to get a copy, whether I win it or buy it, it will be in my collection! Thanks for spotlighting this book and Lisa Lam and thank you Lisa for the chance to win this book! I love handbags and can’t wait to make more! And I am now subscribed to Lisa’s blog! Love it!

  499. Debbie says:

    Would love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  500. Erica L. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I have made bags in the past but I really want to up my game.

  501. Layla says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for sure!

  502. Elaine says:

    Love Lisa Lam and her designs!

  503. ste says:

    I’ve never made a bag but have been very curious about trying it out. These look wonderful!

  504. Leanna says:

    Love all the clear photos the book has to offer. Thanks for a great interview!

  505. Patricia says:

    I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s. I bought her book a few months ago and I have already started designing my own bags with all the knowledge I gained reading her book. It has been so much fun. I’m so grateful to have run across this book. I’ve had a bag fetish for years and now I can make my own to satisfy that fetish and not pay for someone else to make it for me.

  506. Tonya says:

    Looks like another must have book for my collection! I’ve only made a few bags so far, and could use some inspiration to make more.

  507. Lorraine Lewis says:

    WOW, I just found u-handblog last weekend. It is awesome. I love making bags. Sometimes w/ success and sometimes not. This would be a great book ref. book to have.

  508. Raichel says:

    I’ve been wanting to get back into bag making. This book looks like it would be a great inspiration!

  509. Dannielle says:

    I’m still on the beginner phase, and this book looks like it would have some fun projects for me to do.

  510. Rosemary says:

    Great interview. I need to add the “bible” to my repetoire!

  511. KarinM. says:

    This looks like a terrific book to finally get me started on handbags!Thanks for the giveaway.

  512. Amber Murphy says:

    I need a bag book, it’s on my list of to buys : )

  513. Chrissy says:

    This looks like a fabulous book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  514. Kate I says:

    Forget diamonds, handbags are a girl’s best friend, and this book would be the perfect companion!

  515. What a great book! You can never go wrong with handbags πŸ˜‰ I remember the yummy sugar cookies my mom used to make me and my siblings each valentines. They were specialized with our names on them.

  516. theDomina says:

    purses and bags are my weak spot – I feel a gal can never have too many! Looks like a great book!

  517. Its_Lily says:

    Lisa’s blog is packed full of helpful ideas for making and improving my sewing. She’s a fabulous resource so I can only imagine just how wonderful her book is. I’m delighted she’s now in print.

  518. Teresa S. says:

    I would love to learn how to do this!

  519. Andi says:

    I’d love to win this book!

  520. bubamara says:

    It sounds very interesting book!

  521. Cammie Heaston says:

    I need to get my hands on this book!

  522. elsa says:

    I love making bags! think I may have made about 30 bags last year and about 50 zip bags! finally a way to have lots of bags without spending a fortune! of course, I gave away most of those bags as gifts! could always use a wonderful book like this one!

  523. Donna says:

    I love making bags and would love to get this book. It would help me with all the little things I haven’t figured out yet!

  524. kayduh says:

    looks like a great book!

  525. Adrienne says:

    Awesome interview! Love the giveaway πŸ™‚

  526. Cara Cesarik says:


  527. Christi says:

    Fantastic book. I love bags!

  528. Ms. Fine says:

    I love the hardware that you use. I’ve recently tried magnetic snaps and grommets on a few of my own bags. It makes them look so much more polished.

  529. Jerilyn says:

    Who doesn’t love making new bags??

  530. Katie says:

    I have made so many handbags, I could never use them all! I can’t stop myself. It’s a problem. πŸ™‚

  531. Amy says:

    Way cute! I love to make bags and hope I can win this book. If not I’m asking for it for Mother’s day. Or maybe Valentine’s day?

  532. Lauren says:

    I love giveaways!

  533. Liz says:

    I am addicted to sewing books!! I would love to add this one to my collection!!

  534. Jennifer Coleman says:

    I would love to win this book!

  535. Kelly says:

    i would absolutely LOVE to get my hands on this book! i’m intimidated by bags, so i think this would help. πŸ™‚

  536. oh wow!

  537. Pam A says:

    I make lots of bags and would love to own this book and make even better bags! Thanks for a great interview. I can’t wait to try the PDF pattern. Thanks so much.

  538. Lauren H. says:

    That book is just the thing I need… because you know you can never have too many bags!!!

  539. Seanna Lea says:

    This sounds very interesting. Almost all of the bags I’ve made are knit, but I would love to branch out into sewing more.

  540. Erica says:

    Thanks for the interview, and for the free PDF! The bag is so cute! I can’t wait to make it, and I hope I win!! πŸ™‚

  541. Anita says:

    Book looks totally fun. Im new to the wonderful world of bags but recently bought Amy Butler’s Style Stitches and Im now obsessed. If this is anything like that book I would love to add it to my growing collection.

  542. Jennifer3 says:

    Looks like a great book!

  543. Dominique says:

    awesome book! πŸ™‚ I would be so excited if i won a copy! πŸ™‚

  544. Kimberly says:

    I’m thrilled to find a new blog and sewing resource. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  545. jenn says:

    what a great book! Thank you!

  546. Tami says:

    Great interview! I’m 8th in line on a waiting list to get this book from the library so it will be a while before my turn comes but well worth the wait.

  547. Yvonne says:

    Wonderful interview and i would love to have that book, it looks lovely!

  548. Claire says:

    ive had this book on my wishlist since it came out!! Stupid january making me poor! Ive downloaded the pattern πŸ™‚ Thanks! lisa is fabulous

  549. janimal says:

    Oh this book does look interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Fingers crossed!

  550. Jennifer says:

    Wow, I’ve just gotten into making bags, and this wow be a great book.

  551. SweetPea says:

    Wow I have been wanting to get into making bags, and certainly the hardware seems a bit intimidating. I will definitely have to look for this book.

  552. Caitlin says:

    I’m pretty sure you can never have too many sewing books. I would love to win this one!

  553. dorothy says:

    I can never have too many bags, or books with patterns for making them. This one looks amazing!

  554. Rebecca says:

    I have been eyeing that book since I heard about it! The bags are so beautiful!

  555. Samina says:

    I’ve been on Lisa’s site amazing before, but I didn’t know she’d come out with a new book. Congratulations to her & thanks to SMS for the chance to win a copy. I’m looking forward to the pdf pattern.

  556. Carrie says:

    Awesome! Can always use more bag inspritation!

  557. Cherri says:

    Nice book & bag!!

  558. Virginia says:

    Love it! Excited to get my hands on a copy!

  559. Thanks for the awesome interview! I’m a bag addict and would LOVE a chance to win!!

  560. Jodi says:

    Lisa is an amazing and talented woman and I want her book!

  561. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds like a great book.

  562. kimberly says:

    Wow, what an awesome resource!

  563. JennX says:

    I’m still working on my (ahem) “Christmas” gift bags- this will be a lovely distraction from those ( :

  564. Audrey says:

    Thank you for the pattern. The book looks great…I need to make several bags this spring and some patterns and directions will sure help!

  565. Ernessa Sapper says:

    Glad to hear that you were listening to blog readers. So many times books like these are so out there and hard to follow then you have to end up cross referencing five other books just to make a “quick and easy” project. I’m excited about the metal accessories chapter! I hope I win this one!

  566. victoria says:

    as a knitter, i LOVE bags that make use of closures other than velcro! i am looking forward to having a look at your book (if i win, or not)!

  567. Wendy says:

    I think I’d have to make at least one of every bag in this book!

  568. Angie says:

    Oh, I’d love to have the book. I want to make bags for all the girls in my life for next Christmas.

  569. sarah says:

    This book looks amazing!

  570. lisa swinney says:

    My husband and I just went to B&N this weekend and I always grab a few books. I told my husband Ò€œTHIS is the best book ever!!!Ò€ I was impressed that she gives you the Ò€œtoolsÒ€ to make your own stuff not just copying what she has in there. Very cool book and I would love to save money cause im definitely buying this one day!!

  571. Java Jane says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book! Thank you for sharing the PDF pattern. That is most generous.

  572. Brigette says:

    I made my first bag last year inspired by this website to wrap a gift with a bag. I’m looking forward to learning how to make more bags.

  573. Marta says:

    Great book and interview!

  574. Joanna says:

    What a cool book! I keep saying I’m going to make a bag!!

  575. Grace says:

    I would love to make a custom bag for myself! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  576. Kate says:

    I made my first purse based on a U-handblog tutorial! Love that site!

  577. Bethany says:

    Looks like a great book for someone like myself who is obsessed with making bags!

  578. JaiCi says:

    One can NEVER have too many bags – and these looks super fun!!!

  579. Liz Mouse says:

    Great interview! I’ve been afraid to try making bags, but I feel encouraged. Would love to have the book.

  580. tayamg says:

    Great interview with Lisa – I’d love the expand my bag-making techniques beyond simple zipper pouches!

  581. Lorelei says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I enjoy making bags but haven’t yet added much “hardware” to mine. This book sounds like what I need to push me to the next level.

  582. brenda says:

    I cant wait to see the next book. It will be hard to outdo this one.

  583. Joy says:

    I have followed Lisa’s blog for years and am so glad she now has a book. It’s definitely going to be added to my craft library. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  584. Rosemary says:

    I have been following Lisa’s blog at( and tutorials from the start. She is amazing with very clear instructions and always seems to cover the queries that are likely to crop up. It would be ironic if I won a copy of the ‘Bag Making Bible’ from you – as I live in the UK (as does Lisa)and haven’t been able to obtain one yet.

  585. Tonia says:

    I bought this book over the summer and love it. The designs are terrific and the information is presented in a very understandable way. Even inexperienced sewers can work through the designs in this book. There are so many pictures and everything is explained so well that all your questions are answered while you are working.

  586. plunky says:

    The book looks amazing! I love that it includes more challenging designs…a big help to push us to think beyond basic.

  587. Timmi says:

    I have this book on my amazon wishlist wish you would give me a copy!

  588. Suzanne says:

    Looks like a great book! I love that she included a harder pattern – it’s good to have a mix so that sewists of all levels will enjoy the book.

  589. Kelli says:

    Beautiful bags! I need to get a copy of this book!

  590. Gali says:

    what a great giveaway.
    already downloaded the PDF… πŸ™‚

  591. Jayne Cagle says:

    oh wait-maybe the Great Get a Way Bag is in my future πŸ˜€ this book looks like a must-have for my library.

  592. amyp says:

    I’ve read Lisa’s blog for quite a while and she’s always inspirational.

  593. Bree says:

    I love Lisa’s work! Great giveaway!

  594. Lisa says:

    These bags are so so cute! If I take the time to sew something, I want something useful and interesting. This is definitely my next project book!

  595. Donna says:

    What a wonderful resource for all of us budding purse sewers!

  596. 2hippos says:

    I love that she calls herself a “metal magpie.” The book looks really informative.

  597. I would love to tackle that great getaway bag project! Looks like fun!

  598. LJ Owen says:

    Awesome interview! I’d love to get my hands on the book!

  599. Julie says:

    Hello. I have been wanting to make a bag or purse for a while now and haven’t done it. I would love this book. I am a fan of the blog. I loved reading the interview.

  600. Rachel says:

    This looks like an awesome book. I would love to have a copy!

  601. Breanna says:

    Would love, love, love this book and thanks for the free PDF pattern. This book looks amazing

  602. Nancy says:

    I just can’t seem to get the courage up to start making a bag. It seems so complicated and supplies are hard to come by where I live. Maybe this book is just what I need!

  603. Marci says:

    I love bags

  604. Sara says:

    I have been wanting this book, but just haven’t made the commitment to buy it:) Thank you for offering two copies!

  605. Amy says:

    What a great book, I prefer to make bags over clothes and they are just so useful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  606. tracy_a says:

    Thanks for the interview – this looks like a great book and this is the first I’ve heard of it – thanks! And also glad to know where to get the cool hardware that you don’t find much of locally.

  607. Michelle says:

    I look forward to seeing what Lisa come up with. Her newest book should be amazing. Still need to the first one!

  608. Jen says:

    I would love to win a book with bag patterns!

  609. Sara says:

    I have enjoyed reading Lisa’s blog for years. Her tutorials are awesome and because of her clear instructions and expert tips, she always makes me feel like I can tackle any aspect of bag making. Can wait to check out the book!

  610. carol c says:

    as I said in the other post, this is grand, what nice pictures ion the book. I like the other purse too in the interview, and me who always carrys the same purse for 10 years. I think I am due to make a purse this year for me!

  611. Regan says:

    this looks fantastic…gotta find this book!

  612. Anya says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  613. Aneta says:

    I’m new in sewing and hope one day will be skilled enough to make such beautiful bags! After reading this interview I would love to have this book! πŸ™‚

  614. Katy says:

    I can not wait to see this book!!!

  615. Sylvie says:

    Thanks for this interview and the opportunity to win the book! I’m pretty new at sewing and I love the idea of being able to make my own bags. I’ll be following Lisa’s blog from now on.

  616. Kelly Stockstill says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win!

  617. britt says:

    This looks like an amazing book!

  618. Shelly says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! I’m a handbag-addict and can’t wait to get started on your PDF pattern that you gave away. thanks!

  619. Krissy H. says:

    I am a huge fan of Lisa’s and have been reading her blog for a few years now. She is so creative and I love her designs!

  620. Bonnie Cummings says:

    I love this book…my girls would be so excited to have a ‘bag makin’ Momma’. And just imagine how cute I would look carrying all the Mom-essentials around in a bag I made from this beautiful book!

  621. Katie says:

    Great interview! Thanks!

  622. Andrea says:

    I love Lisa’s designs and have used the tutorials featured in her blog a couple of times. Thanks for the giveaway!

  623. Sherrie Smith says:

    I have been a fan of Lisa’s site for a while now, and her book looks so nice. The photography is awesome, from what I have seen on the internet.

  624. Elise says:

    This looks like an awesome book! I’ll need to get it πŸ˜€

  625. Kayci N. says:

    Wow, sounds like a great book!

  626. Lori says:

    This looks like such a great book! I make a lot of bags, but mine are always very basic. And I’m self-taught, so I’d love to read some real, professional advice!

  627. Carol-anne says:

    I can’t wait to have this book in my collection. Bags are my favourite thing to sew and Lisa has the most beautiful ones I’ve seen yet. So excited to see the book!

  628. Rachael says:

    This book looks amazing. We have our first baby due this May, and I’ve wanted to make as much as I can, and a diaper bag seems something we will need :P. If I don’t win, I just might purchase the book on my own!

  629. Elizabethdx says:

    Please please please pick me! In the past year I have discovered a love of bag making and would love to learn more tricks and tips, and if the book delivers more of U-handbag, it must be fantastic. Thanks for the interview and for the pattern.

  630. Katie says:

    I love making bags. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Lisa’s book!

  631. Maisy says:

    Love ALL of the bag ideas, and everything is finished so professionally! I’d love to learn these techniques. Would love to win The Bag Making Bible!

  632. Deidra says:

    I love trying new bag patterns. Thanks for a book to put all the pieces together.

  633. Taryn says:

    I love bags. That’s all there is to it. πŸ˜‰

  634. KatB says:

    I have made some fabulous bags thanks to the tutorials and supplies from U-handbag. I’m so excited there is a book too!

  635. Cathy says:

    What a great book to own!!

  636. Cecile says:

    Thank you ! I love her blog, now I have to check out her book. I love bags.

  637. Susan C. says:

    What a great interview, and generous giveaway! And just in case I don’t win, I’m adding this book to my Amazon wish list. πŸ™‚

  638. caron says:

    Wow! It looks like a great book! Can’t wait to see it!

  639. Cheryl says:

    Looks like a great book, which of course I would love to win. Great website too, so inspirational. Thanks!

  640. Thanks for the opportunity, I may be purchasing this as a gift for a friend if I don’t win a copy! And myself…hehe πŸ™‚

  641. Angela N. says:

    Oh my … i need that book. my first attempt at bag making… a disaster, i needed more how too… LOL. Thanks for the great interview and the opportunity!

  642. Leslie says:

    I want this book very badly! It’s looks awesome!

  643. db says:

    Love Lisa’s blog. and…. Love making bags – fingers crossed, would love to win one of these books. Thanks for the chance.

  644. Tracy says:

    I love making bags. It seems like I always need a new one. This book would be perfect for me.

  645. Deanna says:

    Bags are fun, but a whole lot more work than I anticipated. Not really difficult, just time consuming, if you really go for quality and detail. Don’t let that stop you. There is a lot of satisfaction in making one, too.

  646. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, it looks great!

  647. Dianne says:

    Wowwww great pics. Love the bags

  648. wintor says:

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! I love love love bags and this looks like such a great book πŸ™‚

  649. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    This book looks like so much fun. I would love to have a copy and try some of her bags. They are beautiful!

  650. Pamela S. says:

    Can’t wait to lay my hands on a copy of this book!

  651. Pamela S. says:

    Can’t wait to lay my hands on a copy of this book! It looks de-lish!

  652. alison says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!

  653. Jess says:

    What a great book! I’m hoping to make bags for my female relatives for Christmas, so that would come in very handy. πŸ™‚

  654. Rachael says:

    This looks like an excellent book! I can’t wait to check it out at the bookstore….or even better win a copy! πŸ™‚

  655. MachelleH says:

    Looks like a great book – thank you for the giveaway!

  656. Marti says:

    Looks like a fun read and a great way to get tips and ideas for my own bag designs!

  657. Kathy says:

    Great Inverview! So very talented!

  658. Wendy D. P. says:

    Looks beautiful!!!

  659. Such a great book! Would love to win this!

  660. Laurie says:

    I read your blog everday! I’d love to win the book so I can try some hardware on a bag. It looks a little scary! LOL

  661. Kate says:

    Wow, this book looks amazing, I would love to win a copy!! Just used magnetic snaps for the first time so I’m especially intrigued to learn more about hardware… And love that the book includes some more advanced projects.

  662. Gill says:

    Great interview!
    Lisa – I thought all divas wore slippers! Congrats on your first book! Looking forward to the second

  663. jessica says:

    The Bag Making Bible has been on my Amazon Wish List since before Christmas! Great interview!

  664. Anabel says:

    I love this book!

  665. Kayla P says:

    I’ve recently started making bags from internet patterns. I can’t wait to check out U-Handbag.I love trying new techniques and using different hardware.

  666. Lauren Allen says:

    I am a purse-a-holic! And I love to sew..and I have been itching tO get up the courage to make one of these bags!

  667. Alisa says:

    This book would be so appreciated by me!

  668. patricia says:

    All of your bags look wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

  669. Deb Roberts says:

    I LOVE to make bags and this looks like a great book!

  670. Barbara says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! to make purses. What an addition this book would make to my creative process. Good interview!

  671. Ima says:

    Thank you for this interview. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  672. Karen Compton says:

    Your book looks great. Thanks for the generous free pattern, too!

  673. Marie-Christine says:

    So nice to hear from Lisa, whose blog is a constant source of inspiration…

  674. Erika says:

    Wow, a bag bible! I must have it, if I’m not lucky enough here, I’ll order it πŸ™‚

  675. Teresa says:

    What a great interview. I love Lisa blog and all the bags. Winning a copy of her book would be fantastic!

  676. Lisa Wiehle says:

    Sounds inspiring, I will definitely check it out, and hope I win a copy!!

  677. Theresa says:

    Oh, this is stunning! Who would have thought it would be possible to make your own handbag? I would love to have this incredible book so I can experiment and make my own pretty companion for every day!!!! Thanks, guys for being such a treasure chest of creative inspirational awesomeness!

  678. Dani says:

    Ooooh, this looks like a great book!

  679. What a great interview ! Lisa’s book looks wonderful. I would love to win this book and have a go at making one of Lisa’s bags . Her bags look fun trendy and very stylish !! definately count me in for the chance to win this book Thanks sms x

  680. AnnaG says:

    I love u-handbag!

  681. Cat says:

    wow, this book looks soooo lovely ! thanks for sharing your experience !

  682. Emily says:

    What a great sounding book!

  683. JulieLynn says:

    The book looks so great, I would love to win a copy of it!

  684. Erin says:

    This was great! I can’t wait for the new book. Thanks!

  685. Crystal says:

    Would love to be able to make some of these bags!

  686. Elke says:

    What lovely great bags! I would be verx proud to have one of these wonderful pieces.

  687. Amy says:

    I’m a bag fanatic and this would be a lovely addition to my library and an excellent help in continuing to build my sewing skills! Definitely adding this book to my wishlist!

  688. Kristen says:

    I’d love a copy of Lisa’s book!

  689. Suzanne says:

    Love it!

  690. Jennifer says:

    Love the color combo

  691. Lindsey F. says:

    I have not made any bags yet but would love too try. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!

  692. Emma says:

    Looks like an amazing book!!

  693. Caroline says:

    Looks like a great book!

  694. trash says:

    Lovely to read your interview here Lisa and well done for having “arrived” πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to seeing the crafty goodness forthcoming in 2011.

  695. Kimberlee says:

    So cute!

  696. Melissa says:

    That book seems to be really useful and great for inspiration. I’m just learning how to sew and one of the things I can’t have enough of are bags and purses. So I would love to win this book! πŸ˜€

  697. Mak Teh says:

    a bag from miss Lisa?ooo…lovely,I have downloaded so many patterns from the internet ,but never tried to make one yet.

  698. ayu says:

    I love u-handblog, i learn a lot about bag making from there. If I can have one of The Bag Making Bible, it really thankful :).

    Thank you for this chance!!

  699. Linda says:

    Thanks for this post! I would love a book that would help make bags look ‘professional!

  700. Paula says:

    I love Lisa’s tutorials and would love to win her book! Thanks for the chance!

  701. Deb Joseph says:

    Oh my, I would love to win a copy of this book. I love Lisa’s designs and her blog.

  702. Jennifer says:

    Great interview! I like when books push me to do more than just the easy steps. Thanks for that Lisa! Can’t wait to check out the book. I love making bags right now.

  703. Annette says:

    Great article. I love making bags.

  704. Angie Fowler says:

    THis looks like a great book and I would love to win!

  705. Andi says:

    Sounds like a great book! I love that there is more challenging projects in there, too. Thanks for a great interview!

  706. Stacey says:

    i would love to win a copy of this book, i love making bags, just kinda stopped, would love to get back into making them again :O}

  707. What a joy to read this interview with one of my favorite bloggists. I am so happy that so many good things are coming your way, Lisa!

  708. Hi dear!

    I’m a bagaholic, so no doubt here’s my place:) I’d be so happy with that book:)))

  709. Ali says:

    Great interview and the book looks fabulous!

  710. asli says:

    so cute!

  711. Ange says:

    Beautiful bags and great to hear a bit more about Lisa. I love the idea of using more ‘hardware’

  712. I love that little hand bag up there! CUTE!!

  713. SofiAlgarvia says:

    I’m delighted about the simplicity in Lisa’s words.
    I’ve heard a lot about this book and how it helps to “understand” a bag, so she must have put a lot of effort in this, tough she talks about as the sinplest thing to do.
    She is already a “rock star” but she doesn’t know it yet πŸ™‚ !
    Just loved this interview!

  714. Violeta Petrova says:

    Seems like a GREAT book – I want it so much. Thamks for the chance to win it

  715. Jo says:

    Wow thanks so much!

  716. Cass says:

    I would *love* a copy of this book! Thanks for the great interview.

  717. Alice S says:

    I’ve enjoyed making a few bags over the last 3 years and would love to have such an inspirational book for more ideas.

  718. marga says:

    I love bags DIY.Precioso libro

  719. daniela says:

    would love to get some new patterns for bags..

  720. Sarah says:

    Wow, I keep seeing this book everywhere and not just online!! Thank you for the free pattern in the next post, a great introduction to what looks like a great book!

  721. Ammie says:

    Fun interview! I am going to have to add more metal parts to my bags. πŸ˜‰ I’ve already got handles and magnets in my stash, so I’m half-way there! Thanks for the chance to win, Lisa & SMS.

  722. Rebmara says:

    I would love to win this book! It looks fabulous!

  723. Great book! Would love to win!

  724. Uta says:

    Good luck with the book!
    I never made a bag, so I can definitely learn something new.

  725. emma says:

    lovely! need some summer bags for our beach adventures.

  726. Suzie says:

    What a great interview – I love Lisa! I’d love love love to win a copy of her book – fingers crossed!

  727. Alexandra says:

    I’ve been following the U handblog for a while know, and I’m so glad Lisa was given the opportunity to write this book.

  728. Brie Henri says:

    Lisa you are an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to win your book.

  729. Peggy says:

    Wow lisa seems so down to hearth. And her book looks great. i wish her all the best for the future.

  730. marlene says:

    Oh wow. I’d love to get my hands on this book. What, am I the first commenter? Wow! I will be looking forward to the tutorial. Yay!

  731. Donna says:

    The website and book are marvelous – keep it up!

  732. Charlotte says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  733. Nikki says:

    that book sounds like a must-have on any bag-sewers bookshelf. thank you Lisa & sms for the chance to win on:)

  734. Stace says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful interview and free pattern! I have gone to your site multiple times for your great tutorials. πŸ™‚

  735. kylie says:

    Would so love to have a copy.:)

  736. Stephanie says:

    WOw… I would LOVE to win one of these books as I would surely put it to good use! Thanks for the chance to win.

  737. jessyz says:

    I want I want!

    I absolutely love that Great Getaway bag

  738. sk says:

    thanks so much for the great interview! i have loved this blog for ages and can scroll for hours through the patterns! and now there’s a book!!!!!! a definate must-have. thanks again!

  739. Collette says:

    Oh, I love her site and use it as a reference. I’m really looking forward to seeing the book!

  740. Valerie Boudier says:

    Love your bags and the book looks great – glad to see someone in the UK with bag accessories

  741. Janelle says:

    Great interview. I found Lisa’s website a short while ago and I’ve already learned heaps from her. I’m dying to get hold of her book but I’ve just moved to Saudi Arabia and no-one seems to like shipping to this part of the world!

  742. Valerie says:

    Looks like a great book–I’m esp. interested in the hardware chapter!

  743. This book looks lovely πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance!

  744. Cynthia says:

    What an fun book!

  745. Caroline K says:

    i love the site and i am sure i would love the book too!

  746. Martina says:

    Thanks for the interview. I didn’t know Lisa before. She has really great “stuff” and I love her bags!

  747. Elisabeth says:

    I love the ‘Bag Making Bible’ as it’s really taken away my fear of using interfacing. Although I have been making bags for years I always kept to very simple designs. Not anymore. Reading Lisa’s book from cover to cover has taken my bag making to a new level.
    Yes, I do have a copy of the ‘Bag Making Bible’ but it has been borrowed by my lovely neighbour and friend and I’d love to win a copy for her πŸ™‚

  748. nice to read this intervieuw and learn something about the person behind the bags!

  749. Tia says:

    What a great interview! I love reading S,M,S as well as Lisa’s blog. I’ve even made one of her free tutorial/patterns “For Pleats Sake”.

    Even if I don’t win, I think this book has to make it’s way into my collection!

  750. Aditi says:

    How exciting! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her blog – now I hope to win the book! πŸ˜‰

  751. Kate says:

    Looks great! I have only made quilts so far but am looking forward to a bag or two this year. Some of the newbie patterns in the Bag Making Bible would be great!

  752. Helena P says:

    This would be great book to have, Lisa is such a talented bag maker.

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