Custom Project – Baltimore Orioles Slouchy Hobo Bag

June 1st, 2011 • Posted in Products1 Comment

Unfortunately I need to take a brief hiatus from making new handbags while I attend to some personal matters in my life. However, I’ve still been able to set aside time for custom orders. Recently a customer came to me looking for a Baltimore Orioles purse as a gift for her daughter’s teacher. So began my search for licensed Baltimore Orioles fabric!

It’s not hard to find Baltimore Orioles fleece at your local fabric store at a fairly reasonable price—especially if you snag a 50% off coupon. Fleece makes great blankets and snuggly pants for winter—but handbags? Not so much. Further research led me to licensed Baltimore Orioles cotton fabric selling for as much as $60 a yard on eBay. That’s right, $60 a yard.

Licensed Baltimore Orioles Cotton Fabric

Now that’s some salty fabric. After some thought, I decided the next best solution was to make a black and orange bag and sew an official Baltimore Orioles patch on the front. Behold the end result!

Handmade Baltimore Orioles Slouchy Hobo Bag

I decided to use my slouchy hobo design for this bag. I chose a black cotton fabric with a subtle, gray-colored swirl pattern. I found this fabric to be feminine but not so distracting that it takes away from the Baltimore Orioles theme. The official, licensed patched is sewn on the bottom corner of the bag.

Baltimore Orioles Bag Interior

The interior of the bag is orange and features two slip pockets and a pen slip. The bag closes with a magnetic snap.

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I’m very happy with the results! The swirly pattern on the exterior is a nice, delicate touch and the orange interior really contrasts and pops. This was a fun project to be commissioned for!

If you’re interested in a bag such as this and would like to commission me to make one, feel free to contact me using the form on my website. Thanks for reading!


New bag design – pleated wristlet

April 27th, 2011 • Posted in ProductsNo Comments

Next month I’m attending my first craft show as a seller and have been keeping busy designing and producing new handmade bags and purses. One of my favorite types of purses are small wristlets which can be used to carry just the bare essentials. When a woman goes out dancing, for cocktails or a sporting event, she doesn’t always want to lug around a bunch of junk in a big, heavy purse! I like to have a little bag that can be slung over the wrist for these types of occasions.

Here’s my take on the wristlet:

Black wristlet with cream colored flowers

The exterior of this wristlet is pleated, which adds depth and visual interest. I also added darts at the bottom corners which gives the bag some shape and depth. I interfaced the exterior of this bag with fleece so it has a soft, lofty feel. Finally, the strap is connected to the top zipper using an O-ring.

The interior features a little slip pocket in which your photo ID and credit cards will fit perfectly!

Interior of the handmade black wristlet

I love this wristlet! I’ll have to make myself one after the craft show in May. What do you think of this bag? Feel free to leave me comments below!

Custom Project: Blue Palm Tree Pillow Covers

February 21st, 2011 • Posted in ProductsNo Comments

I didn’t create any shop-ready bags this weekend, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t productive! Check out these custom pillow covers I created for a client.

Palm Tree Pillow Covers - Front

The client picked out this cute palm tree home decor fabric that matched the furniture at her beach-side condo. These covers fit 16″ pillow forms and have an envelope style flap closure on the back.

Palm Tree Pillow Covers - Back

Palm Tree Pillow Covers - Detail

Would you like to see pillow covers like these in my Etsy shop? Let me know what you think!