The Handbag Workshop: Design and Sew the Perfect Bag by Anna M. Mazur is a great book for anyone wanting to create a special look or to design a distinctive style of their own.
The book breaks down all aspects of creating your own handbag, from anatomy of the handbag to techniques and supplies. Some chapters are devoted to each level of expertise-beginner, intermediate and advanced. There are also patterns for leather and suede; these could be adapted to fashion cloth bags. The author even includes patterns, resources and metric conversions. Handbag Workshop has many illustrations, along with projects to assist the seamstress.
Handbag Workshop is a skillfully crafted book, one you will frequently refer to when fashioning your own handbag.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.