Signature Bags: 12 Trend-Setting Bag Patterns to Sew at Home


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With thousands of patterns sold online in quilt and sewing shops, designer Michelle Golightly has demonstrated she has her creative finger on the pulse of the sewing market. Her bag patterns, in particular, are fresh and utilitarian, both feminine and fashioned with the latest hardware. This book will speak to the sewist and crafter and even the casual creator who loves fabric and better still is always looking for an excuse to talk about her sewing – what better than a truly adorable bag?

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Dimensions 203 × 254 mm

Michelle Golightly

Author Bio

International schooling and travel educated me in culture, history, music and art. From concert halls to parades down cobbled stone streets in tiny villages I performed as a fiddler, violinist, and pianist throughout Asia, Canada, USA, and Europe. I studied humanities and history for 6 months in Vienna where I witnessed some of the most magnificent operas written and performed in parks and recital halls. I try to be an artist in my own corner of the world and help others to be motivated to create extraordinary things.
After marrying I began sewing for others; curtains, pillows, prom dresses and wedding dresses. I am inspired by fine fabrics, lace, beading, and color.
Transitioning into designing bag patterns was seamless. After I constructed some of Lila Tueller's samples for International Quilt Market, she asked me to design a bag featuring her new line of laminated cotton. This pattern was unique enough that Patchwork Spezial magazine from Germany published it in German in 2011. Over the next three years I self-published eleven more patterns covering a diverse cross section from clutches, organizers, computer and iPad cases, dresses and coats for women a tweens, and even a formal/wedding dress. In 2014 Bernina Virtual Clubs choose to feature my Sweet Clutches pattern for one of their featured patterns. In partnering with Lila I continue to design patterns for her new fabric lines and distribute hardware kits for all of our patterns.



Book Type

Paperback / softback