Capsule Review: Handbag Designer 101

Emily Blumenthal's how-to guide will show you how to make the bag of your dreams.

Capsule Review: Handbag Designer 101

Emily Blumenthal’s how-to guide will show you how to make the bag of your dreams.

-PJ Gach

 handbag designer 101 book

Ever try hunting for the perfect bag? You know, the one you can see in your mind? It’s the darling little satchel with tassel trim, or the just-the-right-size hobo in acid green, or the retro looking clutch, and you just can’t find it anywhere. We’ve all been there. It sucks. But now, instead of thinking, “Why doesn’t someone make my bag?” you can create it yourself.

yasmena bag 

Emily Blumenthal, the creator of the Yasmena bag (it had its own cameo in SATC and sold out in four minutes on QVC), didn’t know squat about making bags before she created her own. Now with her book Handbag Designer 101 ($16.49, amazon.com), you can become your own designer! 

There are patterns for several styles of bags, tips on what fabric to choose and how, fabulous inspirations, and if you want to take it to the next level, Emily gives you advice on how to turn your hobby into a business.

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What I like about this book (aside from the gorgeous photographs and mouth-watering bags, of course) is that each pattern is designated as an easy, intermediate or advanced project. You can literally sew your way to a humongous bag wardrobe. If your idea of sewing is to lie down and wait for the urge to go away for fear of screwing up, don’t worry- Emily’s provided detailed instructions with illustrations on how to do the simplest tasks.

If you’ve got the creative urge to make your own bag, or if you’ve got a crafty person on your gift list, check out Handbag Designer 101. For updated bag news and nifty pics of new bags from upcoming designers, check out Emily’s site.

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.


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