Carry Me 20 Boutique Bags to Sew

Carry Me showcases the unique design sensibility and clever projects captured in Japanese craft books with 20 handbags featuring clever construction, unique details, and simple sewing techniques.


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Carry Me showcases the unique design sensibility and clever projects captured in Japanese craft books with 20 handbags featuring clever construction, unique details, and simple sewing techniques. Sophisticated photography shows off each bag to the fullest, with helpful detail shots of closures, handles, linings, and design details. Readers will find a variety of bag styles including a wool tweed travel bag perfect for a weekend getaway, a stylish denim bag with grommet and zipper details, a roomy tote bag with contrast lining and inside pockets, a laptop bag featuring a unique patchwork design, a striped book bag with matching book cover project, a wool messenger bag with flower detail, a soft luggage tote with inside compartments and luggage tag, plus much more. Each project offers detailed instructions, step-by-step illustrations, and easy-to-follow construction diagrams. A section on tips and techniques shows how to give each bag a professional look and add embellishments.

Matching companion projects such as change purses, drawstring bags and wristlets, give crafters lots of variation ideas on each bag. A pull-out pattern section bound inside the book makes it handy to create all of the projects easily. Perfect for beginning and experienced sewers alike, this book will inspire you to start sewing your own handbags right away!

Table of Contents
  • Winter Tweed Boston Bag and Small Purse
  • Antique Print Tote, Shoulder Bag, and Change Purse
  • Wayfarer Denim Tote and Zippered Clutch
  • Duty-Free Expandable Carry-All and Snap Pouch
  • Left Bank Granny Bag and Drawstring Day Bag
  • Business Class Laptop Bag and Circle Pochette
  • Cabana Tote and Book Cover
  • Sidecar Messenger Bag and Corsage Rosette
  • Market Day Canvas Tote and Azuma Bag
  • Urban Travel Truck and Luggage Tag
About the Author

Handbag designer Yuka Koshizen is based in Tokyo. She is a former magazine editor and writer. Yuka aims to create functional classy designs with attention to detail. Her handbags are available at boutiques in Japan and through her online shop, at

'Every bag in Koshizen's repertoire is truly a joy to behold. Surprises abound, beginning with the unusual (and usually) brilliantly colored linings juxtaposed against a conservative exterior to the elegant shapes of each model.'--Booklist

SKU: 09SW06

Author/Speaker/Editor: Yuka Koshizen

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681842

Number Of Pages: 112

Customer Reviews

Great Photos & Designs Review by Joan Martin

I love this book & hope to make most of the bags. I made 5 of the market tote bags, with Inkle band handles for xmas presents, which are so far well received. My only complaint is that the type size was so small on the pattern pages. I needed a magnifier to read some correctly. The directions are split up strangely as well, requiring a search for correct dimensions. My bags turned out more "unique" than not, probably a good thing!

(Posted on 12/27/10)

sophisticated, elegant and fashionable bags Review by Susan Bleiweiss

If you want to make bags with a sophisticated, elegant and fashionable edge then you''ll love this book. A refreshing change from the overly cute, trendy, boring make your own bag styles that have become popular in the last few years this book shows you how to create gorgeous boutique style bags. The Winter Tweed Boston bag has a snap frame closure and leather handle along with coordinating small purse making it perfect for a weekend trip. I love the clean, unobtrusive shape of the market day canvas tote, and the Cabana tote bag. You''ll also find a messenger bag, urban travel trunk and laptop bag pattern as well as patterns for everyday use bags such as the shoulder bag, wayfarer denim tote with coordinating zippered clutch and the Left Bank Granny bag with coordinating drawstring day bag. Just about all of the bag projects have a coordinating smaller project making the 20 projects that the book is named for much higher. The circle pochette bag that accompanies the business class laptop bag certainly can stand on it''s own as a bag project and you''ll probably end up making several of the book covers that go with the Cabana Tote bag. It''s the special touches that set these bag designs apart from the ones you typically find. Leather straps, eyelets, tassles on the zipper pulls, fabric covered buttons, purse feet, adjustable straps, and twist lock fasteners all give these bag designs an upscale, chic look. Another nice touch are the full sized pull out patterns included with the book. You''ll also find a tips and techniques section that will help you achieve professional polished results which each bag you make. Each project includes information about the fabric used as well a full materials list and finished project size.

(Posted on 10/6/09)