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A bag for all reasons - Book Review & Giveaway!

October 16th, 2012

I don’t do a lot of book or product reviews, but when something comes along that I really want - I jump at the offer. When I was offered the Lisa LamA Bag for All Reasons” review opportunity, I admit that I’m SUCH A HUGE FAN OF LISA and U-Handbag that all I *saw* (ala Gary Larson) in the publisher’s email was, “aasdkfjl azdlkjzmrg’ dglkzdk LISA LAM slkdfoc we;r a’d idfoijsodj dkmlk LISA LAM sdkp[ e ald ogpwekr fkjgo LISA LAM slaoi difoijfoiam alfj’a adfkjaldkjg doijcoijoi LISA LAM” and immediately replied, “YES”, and then went back are re-read the email.
3-1 Convertible Backpack

I had seen the 3-1 Convertible Backpack on flickr and KNEW I wanted to make one, too.  My fear was that it would be too advanced of a pattern for my not-too-advanced brain. And because I often don’t read pattern instructions, I knew that since I was doing a review I would have to actually read the instructions. Oh the pressure was so strong, I almost ditched the backpack plans. But I gave it a go and read the instructions the well written instructions!  And then fear quickly turned into a fist pump in the air and a proclamation (to my dogs) that I CAN DO IT! Besides, I already had some Amy Butler Daisy Chain, a teal solid, and some poser linen (a cotton weave) already set out to make the backpack. The sperm had pretty much shook hands with the eggs at this point - and I HAD to get this backpack baby get made.
3-1 Convertible Backpack
I’m am a visual, non-reading instruction follower. Lisa’s instructions are well written and in a way that feel like she’s talking to me one-on-one giving me personal instruction.

I took my time and made my bag over the course of 3 days. One step at a time, and no speed-demon-plow-my-way-through sewing.

I traced my pattern pieces onto freezer paper, and ironed-on the pieces to my fabrics (no pinning!).

I used cotton duck (available in the “outdoor” fabric section at JoAnn’s) as my interlining. Cotton duck canvas makes for a nice, stiff form with not a lot of bulk. I learned this genius interlining trick at Oh, Fransson! - thank you Elizabeth!
3-1 Convertible Backpack

Another trick I learned from Elizabeth is using Clover’s Wonder Clips in tight, curvy, bulky spaces. These clips are a DREAM to use!
3-1 Convertible Backpack

Permission granted! I love when pattern writers “give permission” to do things your own way (something I encourage on my own patterns). I was already apprehensive enough with all the hooks, loops and snaps (the H Word… hardware) - but the grommets about had me running for the hills since I was doing this step by step and literally by-the-book for this review. In the book Lisa says, “if you have a phobia of eyelets (grommets) don’t let that stop you making this bag - in place of eyelets, make a casing for the top of the bag and thread the ties through this instead”. HOLY GROMMET HOLES, it’s as if Lisa wrote that for me. So I did, I made a casing.  I also made a little flange-ish thing (the technique name excapes me because I just learned that word only a few weeks ago) - the result when you have a little bit of the lining showing.
3-1 Convertible Backpack

I top-stitched a tube around the top with an opening at the front.
3-1 Convertible Backpack

I got one of those squeezy knoby bobs and voila.
3-1 Convertible Backpack

I could not be more happy with my backpack. I can’t put it down and I keep playing with it. I repeatedly tell my two cats and two dogs, “oh yeah, I made this”. I really couldn’t have made this without such well written instructions and Lisa’s crazy awesome designs.
3-1 Convertible Backpack

For now my backpack is a trophy bag - on display and sitting pretty.  Tomorrow we go out, and I show the world (or the 10,000 people of Astoria) my new baby.
3-1 Convertible Backpack
My only dilemma now is deciding to whether to make another backpack or one of the other fabulous projects in the book!

Edited in:
I was told that there has been a printing error with that pattern and that it should have been corrected with the latest batch of books. If anyone should get a previously printed copy, here are the instructions I recieved (that should follow step 26):

Three in one convertable (bblfr)

The bblfr needs to be stitched centrally over the bag flap (on the bag back exterior). The top edge of the bblfr needs to be placed one centimetre above the bottom edge of the bag flap (so the bottom edge of the bag flap this covered by the bblfr). PS the top edge of the bblfr will have the d-rings and grab handle pointing upwards.

U-Handbag: u-handbag.com
Digital preview: A Bag for All Reasons
Lisa’s blog: u-handbag.typepad.com

F+W Media is kindly giving away a copy of A Bag for All Reasons to one of my readers! Leave a comment and I’ll draw a lucky name this upcoming Saturday morning.

Edited in: The giveaway has now ended, and using random.org for comments 1-238, the winner is #31 by Pam of Library Gal Quilts (how awesome is it that the library gal won a book!). Yay, Pam!

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243 Responses

  1. The fabulous Holli allegedly said:

    Your new backpack is so fabulous! And what a great review! I want to buy the book this minute but I’ll wait just in case I get lucky enough to win! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. The fabulous Adrianne allegedly said:

    Your bag is very pretty. I would like to make a bag too but I am a bit daunted because I would rather look at pictures and try to work things out for myself than read instructions, and my brain works in 2D (those rotate this shape 90 degrees clockwise in your mind type questions totally stump me). That is why I quilt, rather than sew garments. But I really want to make a cute bag!

  3. The fabulous Molly allegedly said:

    Love your bag and I WANT that pattern :)

  4. The fabulous ~Michelle~ allegedly said:

    Looks fantastic! I love the front pockets :)

  5. The fabulous Sharon S allegedly said:

    The bag is fabulo-so! Now if I just had that great bike. I’m afraid if I rode it here all you’d hear would be “thump”.

  6. The fabulous camelama allegedly said:

    Love the bag! And love that Far Side - blah blah blah GINGER blah blah blah! Hee hee hee.

  7. The fabulous jennifer allegedly said:

    wow how cute is that! love it! thanks for the chance!

  8. The fabulous Brenda allegedly said:

    Love this bag!! Your fabric looks great, too, Monica!

  9. The fabulous msamm allegedly said:

    can i just say your photos always blow me over and this book on bags…great review…

  10. The fabulous Becky Greene allegedly said:

    Your backpack is amazing - so professional!! I would love to give some of these patterns a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    Really cute bag-you did a great job! I’d love to win this book & you better pick me because I never win anything!

  12. The fabulous Sandra Davidson allegedly said:

    Love the backpack something I have never done so would love the book especially if the pattern is as easy to follow as you said. I really admire people who don’t have to follow patterns.

  13. The fabulous Glenda in Florida allegedly said:

    What a lovely backpack! I’d love to win this book–I’ve made lots little bags and several purses, but never a backpack. And, that little comment about being afraid of grommets–that was aimed at me too!

  14. The fabulous Leslie Sorenson allegedly said:

    At first glance, that looks like a complicated project but you made it sound so doable. I’m up for a chance to win the pattern.

  15. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Love your review! Your backpack is beautiful! A backpack is on bucket list of sewing projects.

  16. The fabulous MaLora allegedly said:

    I am dying for Lisa’s book! I have been reading her blog for a few years and would love her book so much I pretty much screamed and jumped up to enter this giveaway (from your instagram picture of your awesome new backpack!) yay!

  17. The fabulous Lauren aka Giddy99 allegedly said:

    It’s gorgeous, and I am emboldened by your review! Thanks for the chance.

  18. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Serious awesomeness happening in Astoria! I’m on those who reads a pattern briefly and than goes about making it my own way so I love it when pattern designers give you options!

  19. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    I love how it turned out. I have Lisa’s first book, I’d love a set so sign me up for a chance to win! Please that is. xo

  20. The fabulous Tracey allegedly said:

    Hi Monica,
    Congrats on the bag, I love it. And, yes I too would love to make one like it, so please enter me in your giveaway.

  21. The fabulous Cynthia allegedly said:

    Oh wow it’s just lovely!! I’m a big fan of u-handbag too so would absolutely love to win this book to try out a pattern or two, or three.. :D Thank you for the chance to win!

  22. The fabulous Tavia allegedly said:

    I saw this on your instagram feed and came over! I am going to buy it even if I don’t win ;) Thanks for the chance!!! Love your fabric choice too.

  23. The fabulous Kim Tait allegedly said:

    Gorgeous bag!!! Iwould love to try one.

  24. The fabulous Bea allegedly said:

    I love your new bag! The fabric is so pretty!
    Thanks for the chance to win…

  25. The fabulous Carol in E TN allegedly said:

    Your backpack looks fabulous and the book is so cool. Just went to Lisa’s blog and looked around!

  26. The fabulous Allison allegedly said:

    great bag! the casing & flang-ish thing you added are fantastic. I hope the cats & dogs are duly impredded :)

  27. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    I’m a big Lisa Lam fan as well, so thanks for the pattern review. Your bag is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  28. The fabulous Tina allegedly said:

    You did an awesome job, it really makes me want to give at a try. Here’s hoping I am the lucky one!

  29. The fabulous Toni Anne allegedly said:

    You made it sound so easy. If it was I’d love to try it out. I’m great at reading instructions and sometimes they even make sence to me. Other times step by step photos work, depends on the project. Thanks for showing us your great backpack. ;-> Toni Anne

  30. The fabulous Tina allegedly said:

    I NEED this book, you know I do. Really, down deep you have this knowledge!!! That bike satchel??? OMG. I die.

  31. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    How cute! I would love to try to make this cute bag! Thank you Monica :)))

  32. The fabulous Karen a/k/a The Lazy Quilter allegedly said:

    I would just love this one - my little sister recently asked me if I could make her a bike bag. I think it would look nice in “mochi”. :)

  33. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    That bag is gorgeous!!! I think I need to stop making stuff for other people, and make things for me — starting with that bag!

  34. The fabulous kelli allegedly said:

    I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    That bag is fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. The fabulous kathy allegedly said:

    Your bag is gorgeous-I’d love to give it a try!

  37. The fabulous freakadoodles allegedly said:

    Your bag looks awesome! I always have lots of sewing books on my wishlist, but this one is a rare must-have for me! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  38. The fabulous Hillary allegedly said:

    Ooooh! I NEED that book! I’ve always wanted to make my own bike panniers! I had a super cute pair from the Netherlands, but they were too big for my bike and I kicked them into the wheels. Scary and sad.

  39. The fabulous Miranda Evans allegedly said:

    Too Cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. The fabulous Charming's Mama allegedly said:

    Fabulous bag, wish I had me one.

  41. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Love your backpack, and I am a huge fan of bags, so would love, love, love to win this book!

  42. The fabulous Terri C allegedly said:

    I adore the fabric great job! I need one of those!

  43. The fabulous Ali M allegedly said:

    Wow that turned out great! Maybe I need to start reading directions…perhaps my projects would improve ;(

  44. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    I love your backpack Monica. It looks great and by the sound of it, wasn’t too hard to make. Thanks for the chance.

  45. The fabulous Marcia K allegedly said:

    I could certainly use a new bag..or two! I love to change things up, and I could certainly use a change here. This bag looks fantastic.

  46. The fabulous Christie allegedly said:

    Your backpack looks great and the book sounds awesome. I would buy it for the bike bags on the cover alone!

  47. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Love the bag. Very helpful review.

  48. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:

    What an amazing backpack. And it`s funny that I need one too. Maybe I should win the pattern.

  49. The fabulous Debbie allegedly said:

    Your bag looks wonderful.

  50. The fabulous A.J. Dub (Amy) allegedly said:

    That is stinkin’ cute! Great job! It looks like something from a high end boutique.

  51. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Darn, I was in Oregon a week too early!!! I would have stalked,er I mean, watched for that stylish, gorgeous, fun backpack while witch watching on the Astoria streets. After clandestine admiring, I may have gotten to courage to ask for a feel… but I would settle for the pattern in the mail. It sounds perfect for my direction challenged brain.

  52. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Wow…your backpack is fabulous! Nothing like well-written directions, that is a must. I would love to make the saddlebags on the cover for my bike…maybe then I would ride it!

  53. The fabulous Ursula allegedly said:

    Talk about meant to be…I was just wondering if I shouldn’t just make a backpack since I need one. I love yours. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

  54. The fabulous Penny G allegedly said:

    Love the backpack.

  55. The fabulous KatiKatie allegedly said:

    Wow. Now I really really really want to make one too! :-)

  56. The fabulous MSLaura allegedly said:

    Your bag is gorgeous! I’d love a copy of the book to try out my own.

  57. The fabulous Jenny C allegedly said:

    Love it - beautifully made!

  58. The fabulous liz hietkamp allegedly said:

    what a great bag!! i know someone who would love to make these bags!!!

  59. The fabulous Ruth allegedly said:

    Oh, wow!!! It’s perfect. So perfect. I simply adore your bag. Luv, luv, luv. Sigh.

  60. The fabulous Liane allegedly said:

    I’ve seen so many wonderful bags from the book and would love to make one. Thanks!

  61. The fabulous LizA. allegedly said:

    OOOH, pick me, pick me! Some women collect shoes. Me, I collect tote bags, backpacks etc. I’ve been trying to stop myself from making that weekender tote Elizabeth showed the other week……now I have yet another bag to add to my must make list…..

  62. The fabulous ara jane allegedly said:

    that bag is insanely awesome. i almost can’t believe you made it. i’m pretty sure i’m even more of a bag-making dummy than you are, so i hope i can follow the directions in this book. it looks seriously amazing.

  63. The fabulous dana allegedly said:

    I just bought that book, and haven’t had a chance to try anything yet! So,no need to give it to me - obviously. But I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the directions, etc. I want to make the bicycle paniers and another bag…but I was worried about the directions being tough.
    Your bad is lovely!! The beasts are surely impressed.

  64. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Oh Monica, you know you rock when making anything, including the smashing backpack! Way to go!

  65. The fabulous Lorraine allegedly said:

    That bag IS gorgeous! Beautiful work. Looks like that’s a fantastic book, too!

  66. The fabulous Yana allegedly said:

    Backpack is super cute! I’m affraid I can’t make something similar, I’m not so cool sewer as you:)

  67. The fabulous Cathy allegedly said:

    Wow, I’m impressed. And another use for my wonder clips! Sounds good.

  68. The fabulous Chanda allegedly said:

    Love it! What a cute bag! I’m just getting into making bags (though nothing very complicated at this point), but I’d love to learn to make more…

  69. The fabulous Kathy L allegedly said:

    Love the Bag !!! Just in time for winter sewing !!! Snow Bag !!!

  70. The fabulous lynninflorida allegedly said:

    Wow! What a super bag - you got me all whipped up - I wanna make one too!

  71. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    I love the look of this book! The backpack! The bike PANNIERS!! Sigh! Would be such a thrill to win it, but I shall stalk it on Book Depository in the meantime.

  72. The fabulous Fran allegedly said:

    I love making bags and hope to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  73. The fabulous Avon B allegedly said:

    Just what I need! I would love to win this book, especially if it has good instructions. Some are so confusing you just want to give up.

  74. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    I love, love, love your bag! (was that too many loves?). It would be great to add Lisa’s new book to my sewing library, thanks for the chance.

  75. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    Love that backpack. I could use it on my many hikes.

  76. The fabulous hueisei allegedly said:

    Lovely backpack.
    I would love to win the book!

  77. The fabulous Kelly Rodgers allegedly said:

    Oh that is so so awesome!!
    I would love to give that book a home ;o)

  78. The fabulous Mims allegedly said:

    Your backpack is awesome, now pick me so I can make one!

  79. The fabulous Fifi allegedly said:

    love the bag!
    my daughter want thats this cute bag!!!!

  80. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Awesome bag! I will have to check out the book,. Isn’t it great to feel so accomplished, I made a bag I felt was out of my league this summer and I’m still carrying it with pride :) thanks for the giveaway, pick me please, lol.

  81. The fabulous Stitched Together allegedly said:

    I’ve got Lisa’s first book and it is great. I have the new book in my Wishlist and I’m hoping someone takes the hint come Christmas - unless I win this copy ;-)

  82. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    What a fabulous bag! Would love to win th book.

  83. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    I’ve seen this book review on another blog by chance and I am in love. I totally dig your backpack - I’d even try to make one too if I had the book.

  84. The fabulous Sew Create It - Jane allegedly said:

    I need a new handbag I bet there is a pattern for that in that book. Please count me in :o)

  85. The fabulous Gaye Smith allegedly said:

    What a great bag… that will be a to do project and great xmas presents.

  86. The fabulous Carolyn allegedly said:

    I love the new backpack! I need to put that on my to do list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. The fabulous Nancy C allegedly said:

    Love the chance to win this book!

  88. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Your backpack turned out fantastically! You’ve got me wanting to make one.

  89. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    I just gat the bag making bible as birthday present. Love her stile and instructions.

    And yes, you can be very proud of your bag pack. Looks awesome! :)

  90. The fabulous Archie the wonder dog allegedly said:

    I love your new bag - the fabrics you chose are wonderful and I’m sure you’ll get lots of admiring glances when you take it out on its first (and subsequent!) outing. I think I need one…

  91. The fabulous Toni allegedly said:

    Dang that bag is pretty! Looks like you did a marvelous job! I had a backpack in high school that was a similar shape and I loved it. Tragically it was some kind of faux suede and canvas combo, not that lovely AB print!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  92. The fabulous Baye allegedly said:

    I’ve got Lisa’s Bag Making Bible which is a favorite. While grommets don’t bother me, I really love the casing you did. I’d probably opt for that.

  93. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    I am of the opinion that one can never have too many bags.

  94. The fabulous helen allegedly said:

    Fandabby dosey!

  95. The fabulous Jan allegedly said:

    Love your back pack. This looks like a great book. I love lisa’s Bag Making Bible and her website too!

  96. The fabulous Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) allegedly said:

    Looove the fabric you’ve chosen for your cute backpack! And I do love Lisa’s work so much too. :)

  97. The fabulous suvi allegedly said:

    Wow! You did a great job with that backbag!I’ve been checking out Lisa’s bags for about a year now, but I’ve always chickened out and never actually made any.

  98. The fabulous mary allegedly said:

    Funniest book review I’ve ever read! Congrats on the new bag!

  99. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Monica, your talents never cease to amaze me! Even though it may have been hard to read through the directions firs, instead of “ploughing through” them, you did an amazing job - love the knobby bob thing through the tube on top.

    I hope you enjoy your new bag!

  100. The fabulous Wanda allegedly said:

    Your bag looks great, kudos to you. Great to see what you did in place of the grommets, inspiring!

  101. The fabulous Carolyn Baker allegedly said:

    Your bag is awesome and this book looks like a great one to have. Can’t wait to see what you make from the book next.

  102. The fabulous Nerissa allegedly said:

    Great review and lovely bag. I think I’m scared of grommets to as I always mess up snaps. Haven’t had the courage to try grommets yet.

  103. The fabulous Eva Mari Kirkvaag Bjørgum allegedly said:

    Fab post and ditto bag, - must have! :)

  104. The fabulous Mary Jo Jones allegedly said:

    I absolutely love your bag! Hope to win this wonderful book:)

  105. The fabulous Linda Cates allegedly said:

    What a great post! You inspire me!! Also love your fabric choices for a great bag!

  106. The fabulous Renea allegedly said:

    This book looks amazing. I am always on the lookout for new bag patterns. I would love to make the backpack for a trip that my husband and I are going on next June. Thanks for the giveaway.

  107. The fabulous Pattij allegedly said:

    I would love to give these patterns a try! And love the hints for sewing them!

  108. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    I love your sew backpack! I love making all sorts of bags and would love to win this book! thanks for the chance!

  109. The fabulous Gina S. allegedly said:

    I love making bags! Can’t wait to get this book.

  110. The fabulous diana allegedly said:

    oh -my- god i would sooooo!!love to win this book that is so cute!!

  111. The fabulous candice allegedly said:

    Oh please MEEEEEEE!!! I have had this on my Amazon wish list for-ev-eh! I am so scared of making bags, and her patterns and instructions seem to be the best :)!!

  112. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    Love it! :)

  113. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    Your bag is beautiful. Might be enough for me to lift my ban on 3D sewing.

  114. The fabulous Tia allegedly said:

    Love your backpack! Well done. Lisa’s instructions are excellent, and her books are a joy to use.

  115. The fabulous Denise Vachhani allegedly said:

    I love love love this bag!!!….and the fabric too! I definitely see this in my future!

    denise vachhani

  116. The fabulous Pamela L. allegedly said:

    Fabulous book! I just went through the digital preview - lots of great projects and so many technique instructions. Lisa has done a great job on this book - lots of content and lots of great pics. I’d love to win it! Thanks for the chance.

  117. The fabulous Elisa Oliveira allegedly said:

    I fell with lucky, I hope so!
    THank you

  118. The fabulous Cortney D allegedly said:

    Ooh, that bag is fantastic! I would love to give the patterns in this book a shot. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  119. The fabulous Marsha allegedly said:

    I REALLY want this book!

  120. The fabulous Tiffany allegedly said:

    I’m not much of a bag person, but that backpack is adorable! It would be worth picking up the book just to make that backpack!

  121. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    Thanks for the great review. I have Lisa’s earlier book and it is fantastic. I’d love to win this one so I can make more of her fantastic projects.

  122. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    That is a great bag Monica! I love the fabric you used, and that bag scares me, look at all the stuff on it!! Someday, I think I can tackle one… :)

  123. The fabulous Jayme C allegedly said:

    Omg that bag is amazing!!!! I want one so bad now!! Thanks for the review and giveaway! If I win, the backpack is the first project on my list!!!!

  124. The fabulous Jacklynn Grimm allegedly said:

    Boy I could have used ths bag last month on vacation! I want to make one to use as a purse - love all the storage. Thanks for the give away!

  125. The fabulous Hazel Griffin allegedly said:

    Great review. I felt exactly the same when I got ‘The bag making Bible’. LISA LAM is my new idol. I also made a bag following the instructions - something I don’t do very well. I’m a look at the pictures and work it out girl. If it goes wrong then I read the instructions. Only one mistake - an internal zipper pocket which doesn’t open to a pocket but inside the lining to the bag…. having not read the instructions I sewed the zip through both pieces of pocket! DOH. Anyway I still got rave reviews at Las Vegas Airport from the girls on the desk checking in my luggage. They couldn’t believe I made it! Hurrah (Hail) to LISA!!!!

  126. The fabulous April c allegedly said:

    Love your version of the bag! Truly lovely. I thank you for the chance to win the new book. I have her first book and reference it often. She writes very clear instructions:)

  127. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    I have Lisa’s first book and it’s BRILLIANT. I’ve only made one of the actual bag patterns from it, but I use the techniques constantly.

  128. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Great review. I may need to get this book, thanks for the giveaway!

  129. The fabulous Brandie allegedly said:

    Oh i love the bag! I have Lisa’s other book “the bag making bible” and I’ve made all the bags in it. This new book look just as good and I need a new temptation! Thank you for the change at winning it!

  130. The fabulous Brittani allegedly said:

    It turned out awesome! I need those wonder clips in my life, I’m tired of stabbing myself with pins when I make bags.

  131. The fabulous Jean allegedly said:

    I am so excited. I usually see these reviews long after the giveaway is over. Great review AND a chance at the prize……….swoon!

  132. The fabulous Jennie T. allegedly said:

    Seriously, who’d have thunk a blog about making a backpack would be so flippin’ funny? Thanks for the laughs, and the inspiration. Love your backpack!

  133. The fabulous Lynnette allegedly said:

    Very cool bag! Awesome fabric and the bag looks very useable. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  134. The fabulous Dee allegedly said:

    Love the Bag! Will have to try to make. Thanks for a wonderful idea.

  135. The fabulous Laura K allegedly said:

    Oh this would be perfect! I have two bag obsessed little girls who would love some new bags made from the patterns in the book. I love your bag and would love to make one of my own. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for the chance to win!

  136. The fabulous Fredette Kopola allegedly said:

    You make it sound all so easy… Looks great! Thanks for sharing. :)

  137. The fabulous Jess allegedly said:

    I love making bags! And that backpack is too cute. Thanks!

  138. The fabulous Jackie V. allegedly said:

    My husband has been wanting me to make this year’s gifts for our adult children and grandbabies. Until now I haven’t found anything special enough to make for them. This bag is so cute and could be personalized for each individual. I love it!

  139. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    Just beautiful! Would love to try making one

  140. The fabulous Erin allegedly said:

    I love bags!! I just made my first one about six months ago and I love it and I can’t wait to give another one a try. I was surprised how well it turned out, it looked a lot harder than it ended up being and I carry it everywhere.

  141. The fabulous Katrin allegedly said:

    Awesome backpack! Thanks for the giveaway!

  142. The fabulous Anotheryarn allegedly said:

    The backpack looks great.

  143. The fabulous Deb@asimplelifequilts allegedly said:

    Your backpack is fabulous! I love keeping my hands free while out and about so might have to try one… thanks for the giveaway.

  144. The fabulous sue ray allegedly said:

    Good Morning:

    I too talk to animals, objects and people out of state while I sew. Thank you for making me chuckle, your backpack looks great. I think my daughter’s need a similar bag.

    enjoy your day,


  145. The fabulous Nancy Cohen-Tomases allegedly said:

    Love the backpack! Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  146. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Love that backpack! I tend to not read instructions either so it is good to know I can follow these patterns!

  147. The fabulous Doris allegedly said:

    What a wonderful bag! You did a great job. I think I have to put this book on my wish list.

  148. The fabulous Kathy MacKie allegedly said:

    What a sweet bag, sew cute,add my name!

  149. The fabulous Sara allegedly said:

    Great job, the amount of hardware and pockets scares me too. I am impressed. I loved the plow through comment.

  150. The fabulous Helen allegedly said:

    I enjoyed your book review very much. I think it is the best review I have read. I would love to win a copy of the book and try some of the bags. Here’s hoping I will win.

  151. The fabulous Ivy allegedly said:

    Love your bag! Looks like a great book! :)

  152. The fabulous Kathie L allegedly said:

    You are justifiably proud.

  153. The fabulous MarciaW allegedly said:

    The one bag I made was essentially sewing up two sides then tacking a long shoulder string and velcro closure to it. I think that I’m ready to make a real bag, and appreciate the hints and this book giveaway. Thanks to your sponsor.

  154. The fabulous Flavia M.-W. allegedly said:

    WOW! Your backpack looks amazing! I also want do sew one! Please pick me!

  155. The fabulous starjumper allegedly said:

    i think i’m going to have to try out those clips! and find that book!!!

  156. The fabulous Jane S. allegedly said:

    Congrats on the bag, it’s a beaut! I have always been scared to tackle a bag like that, but seeing your success has given me hope. :)

  157. The fabulous Judy allegedly said:

    I love that book and made the backpack too! Mine is black and pink and I take it with me everywhere. My husband loves it too (extra roomfor his stuff when we travel!)

  158. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Your bag and the book are both awesome:)

  159. The fabulous WandaFish allegedly said:

    Your backpack is wonderful, I love it! And your review may have just convinced me that I need Lisa’s latest book every bit as much as the first one :)
    It would be great to win it, thanks for the chance.

  160. The fabulous Anne Rita allegedly said:

    Woaw, love this! The book looks good, thanks!

  161. The fabulous Leah allegedly said:

    I would love to make the backpack for a Christmas gift.

  162. The fabulous Bonnie allegedly said:

    I NEED that book :)

  163. The fabulous Kelsey allegedly said:

    Beautiful bag!! Love the coloring :) I’d like to make a bag sometime but I’m not sure I have the patience!

  164. The fabulous Caroline allegedly said:

    Thanks for letting me throw my name in the hat!

  165. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    Gorgeous bag, I also love Lisa Lam.

  166. The fabulous Susie Johnson allegedly said:

    Wow you sure make it look easy, beautiful!!!

  167. The fabulous SymplyLiz allegedly said:

    Love, love, love the backpack. I’ve been eyeing this book… the bike rack bag on the cover is just what I need for my bike. Fingers crossed I’ll get picked.

  168. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Here’s what sucks about knowing you so well. I’m never surprised by your awesomeness cuz I just expect it. :) heehee I love your bag, and I’m sure it will get lots of Oh’s and WTFDYGTAB (where the flip did you get that awesome bag?). Now, the challenge will be finding stuff on the bottom of it since you can hold all kinds of things in there! :)

  169. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    I am more of a picture by picture process follower as well. If i make a mistake or cant make heads or tails of the pictures then i read through the instructions. Thank you for the chance to will a wonderful book! SO excited!

    BTW! Love your blog here, I’m always a little disappointed when i check and theres no new entry! :)

  170. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    I love your choice of fabrics!! So cheery and fresh!!!

  171. The fabulous Karen O'Rourke allegedly said:

    What a gorgeous bag! I’ve just made a backpack for my niece, it was such a disappointment, but this looks superb. If only I had the second Lisa Lam book!!

  172. The fabulous Alyssa allegedly said:

    I saw this bag on pinterest and had to come over to your site. So Stickin’ CutE!!! I love this bag and can’t wait to look through the rest of this book. I am a college student and can’t have enough bags to carry my computer and text books. Thanks for sharing!!!

  173. The fabulous Joan allegedly said:

    Love, love, love bags. It would be a huge challenge for me to make a backpack but I am up for the job!!

  174. The fabulous Hanne allegedly said:

    I love your bag!I want to try and make one myself. I would love to win the book!

  175. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    What an incredibly gorgeous bag! I have been eyeing up Lisa’s new book for ages now, I love all of the patterns in it. Well done on a great job!

  176. The fabulous Anna Moses allegedly said:

    Oh, I think all my necessary things will find their places in so wonderful bag:))

  177. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Your backpack is wonderful! Love it!

  178. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Your backpack is so cute! I wanna make one!

  179. The fabulous AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters allegedly said:

    I have been stewing over a new bag for the past 2 weeks. Would love to give a pattern in this book a chance!

  180. The fabulous Barbz allegedly said:

    I havent seen anything like this in Alaska and if you are a visual person who can follow written directions, then maybe there is hope for me!! I would love to try the pattern!

  181. The fabulous Andrea allegedly said:

    This is so cute. I love the fabrics you choose.

  182. The fabulous Blue.crab allegedly said:

    Youve convinced me I could sew a bag….thanks for the chance to win

  183. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Not sure I could make a bag as nice looking as yours, though…


  184. The fabulous Jules allegedly said:

    Eeekkkk! I LOVE the book and your bag. Lisa’s book would be a great addition to my project room. Lots of cute material just waiting to be cut into a fabulous bag :) Although I might have to reread your blog to get my courage up before attempting any!

  185. The fabulous linda allegedly said:

    I really enjoyed reading your review - very refreshing and sounded honest. :) I’ve been thinking to transition from a handbag to a backpack style purse for a while (incredibly sloping shoulders:) - maybe I need a copy of this book? :)


  186. The fabulous jenj allegedly said:

    I could really use a new project to buy fabric for! ;)

  187. The fabulous Meghan allegedly said:

    Thanks for the chance! What a cute backpack!

  188. The fabulous kate allegedly said:

    oh my goodness is that cute! you just might make me brave enough to try this pattern!

  189. The fabulous lisa m allegedly said:

    Great review! I would love to win…but if I don’t I’m putting it on my Christmas list!

  190. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    I have been eyeing that book, so I’m glad to know it’s fab! As is your bag. Great job, as always!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  191. The fabulous Kate F. allegedly said:

    Great bag! I’ve been wanting to make a bag that’s a bit more challenging than a simple tote, but I still consider myself a beginning sewist. This might fit the bill! And I’m a grommet-phobe, too, so I’d opt for the casing.

  192. The fabulous Cathy allegedly said:

    Yippee skippee!

  193. The fabulous LIsa E allegedly said:

    I think I could make a backpack. Love the casing that you made instead of grommets. Thanks for the chance to win.

  194. The fabulous Wrennette allegedly said:

    Monica…why in the world do you “ever”
    doubt yourself? I actually, daydream, about being as capable as you..I really do. I would love to be able to sit down and create such a lovely bag as your backpack. Your fabric was a perfect choice as well. (another part of my daydream….) is if I had a studio as you do..a place for everything and everything in it’s place..I would spend “all” of my free time there creating…lovely quilts, bags, etc. I currently sew in the diningroom and always have to pick things up and put out of the way. I don’t mean to be unappreciative I just know how lovely it would be to have a place of my own. Do you spend all of your free time in your studio sewing? I got slightly off the subject but that’s partly because I see you as being able to “create” anything..

  195. The fabulous Barb@Witsend allegedly said:

    I love this book. I borrowed it from my public library when I was making my purse. Great resource!

  196. The fabulous Adrienne allegedly said:

    What a great looking bag! I’m definitely going to have source some of those little clippie jobbers!

  197. The fabulous Mindy allegedly said:

    I love the bag, I am always looking for something other than the “typical” backpack for vacationing. Aloha! and Mahalo!

  198. The fabulous jules allegedly said:

    What a great job you’ve done on the bag. I love the colours you have chosen. Thanks for the chance to win.

  199. The fabulous Andrea2207 allegedly said:

    Your bag turned out awesome! Good job on following directions! :)

  200. The fabulous rosa allegedly said:

    Wow! That bag is so sweet! Love the colors!! And what the !? Why I’ve never heard of wonder clips before!??! MUST GET! I love making bags, wonder clips look so handy for that

  201. The fabulous Betty R allegedly said:

    Have chosen my fabric…… just waiting to win the pattern. Thanks for opportunity.

  202. The fabulous Jen L allegedly said:

    Ooh! I am on such a bag making kick right now! I would love to win this! Thanks for the try!

  203. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    What a helpful review and plenty of extra tips to boot! I love the idea of using cotton duck for the interlining as well as the casing in place of the grommets. I’m also a big fan of the Clover clips.

  204. The fabulous Mitzi allegedly said:

    Love the fabric choices and the backpack itself. I would look great with a new backpack!

  205. The fabulous Sarah P allegedly said:

    Oohhh. I have some fabric that would be great for that right now. And, I have been wanting a new backpack for schlepping stuff to my kids band competitions.

  206. The fabulous Debbie allegedly said:

    Amazing! Everything you do inspires me to believe that I can do it too!

  207. The fabulous Laura Tiffany allegedly said:

    OMG! I didn’t know she had a book out. I’m so excited. I love the backpack. Great job.

  208. The fabulous Joni allegedly said:

    Love the bag and will buy the book if I don’t win it first. Like your blog site

  209. The fabulous Barbara allegedly said:

    I’ve been wanting this book ever since I first saw it on Amazon. Lisa is an amazing bag maker, and I’d love to try some of the patterns in her book.

  210. The fabulous myra allegedly said:

    I’m back in school for the second time and a backpack is a must, especially one I can put my own personality on it. What a great sounding book.

  211. The fabulous ErikaB allegedly said:

    I love teh fabric you used for the backpack. Super cute!

  212. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    I would like to know more about this flange thingy you made. I can’t really tell from your pictures what it refers to, and I’ve never heard of such a technique, so I would love for you to teach me about something new! :)

  213. The fabulous Tina D allegedly said:

    Great review, it looks like a fun book, can’t wait to try some of the patterns out !

  214. The fabulous Debbie Guhot allegedly said:

    There is no reason needed for another great bag. Love your work. Love the design.

  215. The fabulous erin allegedly said:

    What a cute bag !!! Would love to win the book…thanks….


  216. The fabulous Angie H. allegedly said:

    Thank you for the review. I have that exact fabric and now I know what a great backpack would like out of it….cute!

  217. The fabulous Aubrey allegedly said:

    You can never have too many sewing books, too many bag patterns, or too much of anything related to sewing! You’re bag is beautiful, I’m a tiny bit jealous of its beauty.

  218. The fabulous Keri in CA allegedly said:

    The bag looks amazingly cute and I think I too will try making one. The bicycle bag is really cute too. Think I will give it a try Monica. Those clover clips sound like a smart buy.

  219. The fabulous Gill allegedly said:

    Great backpack Monica!
    I love Lisa’s first book and I’d love to win a copy of her second!

  220. The fabulous db allegedly said:

    Cute,cute,cute….. I’m addicted to making bags. U made this look easy! Love the clip idea. Thx for the chance to win

  221. The fabulous Linda Pawlak allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness…your backpack is incredible! I already knew I was drooling over the book, but now I am hyperventilating at the chance to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  222. The fabulous ayu allegedly said:

    Awesome,great bag! Thanks for the giveaway.

  223. The fabulous Amy M. allegedly said:

    I love your backpack. I have the perfect fabric ready to go - just need that pattern! I hope I win the book! :-)

  224. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    I’d love to learn to make these backpacks. Looks like a great book!

  225. The fabulous Del allegedly said:

    I love what I see in this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  226. The fabulous Leann allegedly said:

    Love the backpack and the fabric!!

  227. The fabulous Abby allegedly said:

    The finished bag is fantastic - I’ve install grommets in a number of projects and it’s my least favorite step. It’s really scary cutting into a basically completely finished project - the kind of thing you probably need a shot of alcohol first to get your courage up! The casing is a nice substitute.

  228. The fabulous Deidra allegedly said:

    Your bag looks great. I love the fabric you used.

  229. The fabulous Pamela B. allegedly said:

    That bag is adorable and could be used for so many things.

  230. The fabulous Lee allegedly said:

    fabulous bag. I love the pockets - I would love to stitch on those. maybe with some of the new sublime stitching floss! thanks!

  231. The fabulous Marianne allegedly said:

    Love the pattern and would love to make one. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern. Yours turned out great!

  232. The fabulous jeanne allegedly said:

    I think this pattern would make a fantastic diaper bag for my daughter in law. Yours turned out super!!! I like the idea of the casing. :-)

  233. The fabulous KerryQ allegedly said:

    Bite your tongue, Vera Bradley! Your bag is so cute. And thanks for admitting that hardware is scary, because it is.

  234. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    The bag is adorable! Maybe this is what I need to be motivated to thin my stash or maybe to buy more fabric! Hahaha!

  235. The fabulous MonicaW allegedly said:

    Well this MONICA has been influenced by you and I want a backpack too! I promise to make that project first if I win the giveaway.

  236. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Cute bag! I would love this book. Thanks!

  237. The fabulous Ruth allegedly said:

    OMG I’m in lust with that bag…pick me, pick me!

  238. The fabulous Kelly allegedly said:

    Sold! You must be really good, because I did not merely Pin this book, but just went ahead and bought. My husband gives me such thoughtful gifts at Christmas, and this will be one. :) Great backpack. I can’t wait to have one of my own! ~Kelly

  239. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    lucky ME!!! THANKS MSS!!! I am very excited to be a winner :) and also to receive this great book (you know how I love books) and I am looking forward to bags galore!! xoxo Librarygal Pam :))

  240. The fabulous 3LittleBrds allegedly said:

    OH MY gawrsh!!!! Amazing bag. (Hoping to see you in Houston)

  241. The fabulous Nancy S allegedly said:

    Darling–all of them, but my favorite is the blue & white striped with pink roses.

  242. The fabulous Adella allegedly said:

    Love the bag and colors. Thanks for a chance to win!

  243. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    I am in the process of making the 3-in-1 backpack. I think the design is great, but I’m curious if you didn’t notice that there are some instructions missing?

    1. At/near step 26, she never tells you where/how to sew the BBLFR onto the back piece.
    2. We’re never told to sew the top loops onto the BBLFR either.

    I mailed Lisa and got a quick response from a staff member that others have pointed out these errors.

    I couldn’t find a list of errata or corrections on her site or the publisher’s site.

    Anyway, this is my long winded, hopefully respectful way of saying I didn’t find the instructions clear or well written.


      I have updated my blog post with info I received about sewing the BBLFR onto the back. I don’t know of an errata page, but I’ll post that too should one be found/created. - Monica

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