Cutest bags, best gifts!

Metro Shopping Bag gift

For me? Stacey examines her one-of-a-kind, Marcy-made bag.

I gave the perfect pre-Christmas gift last year that worked out great for the recipient, but even better for a slew of her family and friends!

My friend Marcy saw a purse in one of our books and said, “That’s cute; it looks easy to make.” (She sews.) I told her, “If you want to make purses, have I got the book for you!” Bags—The Modern Classics by Sue Kim landed on her sewing table within days, and she was off.


She oohed and ahhed and pulled out a stack of fabric. She matched designs with people and people with fabric and fabric with designs. She hemmed and hawed. And then she cut and sewed. The Cute Elizabeth bag was first. And cute it was! But what about the more delicate Sweet Annemarie? Or the more rugged Urban Carryall? But she tried the Chic Hobo bag next, and it was easy, just like the book said. Then she moved on to the Metro Shopping Bag, and apparently the angels sang. This bag would work for so many people…or it could.

This sewer Marcy, being like many creative types, added a pocket here and vinyl there, a little piping, a little extra stitching. And of course, fabric shopping inspired her as well. She made adjustments to the adjustments, seeking the perfect look. She was able to make each bag uniquely special for each person on her gift list.

Metro Shopping Bag Modified

Metro Shopping Bag ... Modified

Out of curiosity, she looked at a couple of other purse patterns in other C&T Publishing books, but returned to Sue Kim’s book because she liked having the template patterns—which mean less measuring. And the bags were a hit! From teens to the over-4o crowd, eyes sparkled when they opened their Christmas gifts. It quickly became clear what everyone was getting, but the question became, “What will mine look like?” It’s amazing the difference that fabric choices make!

Chic Hobo bag

Chic Hobo bag

The question was asked multiple times, “You made this?”—the awe clear in their voices. Her college-age daughter was sure people would ask her where she bought it, and would want one made for them when they learned that it was a one-of-a-kind original.

Marcy told me she thought beginning sewers could easily get started with this book, especially with the clearly-marked easier designs, and they could have a good time creating an enviably cute product. And obviously an experienced sewer can have a blast too, making themselves and others very happy.

Marcy has added new events and people to sew for—there’s Valentine’s Day, birthdays, graduations, auctions, etc., and so on. And she’s experimenting with new patterns like the Easy Lazy Bag and the Elva Bag.

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  1. Alison Schmidt
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    That Metro Shopping Bag is gorgeous! Your friend Marcy has a great eye for fabric combos!

  2. Alice
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Michele. I want to do more sewing, but I need projects that won’t take forever to complete. Sounds like this fits the bill! My daughter in college would love one of these for school.

  3. Marcy LeBoeuf
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Sharon, you should try, some of them are super easy…A beginner could do them in a couple of hours max…

  4. Sharon
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I want to make one…and I don’t know how to sew! Very cool – sounds like a great book.

  5. Melinda
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow Michele — this is a great story about trying new things for gifts. Sounds like a great book!

  6. Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Love them! Can Marcy make one for me???? She’s so good!

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