Not strictly a beading book, The Decorated Bag:Embellishing Handbags, Purses, and Totes by Genevieve A. Sterbenz, is a must-have if you love purses and want to try embellishing bags and making old bags new again.
The cover project is gorgeous – a velvet evening bag dripping with beads and rhinestone components. The instructions and pattern are easy to follow. Another favorite of mine is a knit bag embellished with buttons. There are also bags embellished with sequins and charms. The Beaded Ballerina Bag is to die for, and the Silver Moon Satin Clutch evokes the 60s.
Most of the bags use a ready-made bag, and guidelines are given for the kind of bag used. I think you could find some likely candidates at thrift stores. Instructions are given to make some of the bags.
Each project is accompanied by step-by-step color photos and a materials list.