Category Archives: Handbags & Totes

New Stuff

Another commissioned bag :)

This is a variation of the ostrich vinyl tote for a friend’s client.  After I finished this bag, I went shopping (read as researching) at a local mall.  While cruising through the bag displays in a big box store, I overheard a woman say to her friend how much she really liked a certain designer’s bag but really disliked the gaudy logo/trinket…it was sooo tempting to offer to make her a bag that she could design and put her OWN initials on.  Then there was a man looking for a bag for his mother.  Again, I resisted temptation – besides I didn’t have a worthy sample on me or any business cards.

front view
No feet, single patch pocket on front. I changed up the straps a bit and cut them to points.


inside back pocket
The zipper opens up so you can get into the full interior of the bag. The back inside pocket has a zipper.
inside front pocket
Front interior open topped pocket.


The Mrs. J; handmade paper & leather

This was a custom order for a colleague’s mother.

Front view. Approximately 8.5″ high and 11″ wide.
Back view; silver colored metal hardware with bonded leather handle.
Black up-cycled leather sides and bottom.
Hot pink vinyl interior with split open top flap pocket; perfect for a cell phone, compact and lipstick!
the paper
Store-bought handmade purple and black paper.



The New Mommy Tote

This is a variation of the other ostrich vinyl totes.  The father-to-be wanted functional picture-holder pockets for the kids’ art, hand and foot prints, and more.

front empty photo holder pockets
Empty pockets (the front & back are the same)
front photo holder pockets full
Front view with full pockets.
back with pics full pocket
Back view with full pockets.
top view closed 2
Extended top zip closure allows easy access to the full interior.
inside w bottle key hook n pockets
Roomy light colored interior with 2 bottle holder loops, a key hook, back zip-top pocket and front open top pocket.
side view
Side seams are top stitched for a finished look.
bottom w feet
Reinforced bottom with silver colored metal feet helps protect the bottom.


Last minute addition was a changing pad to match!

pad open
Two layers of the bag interior vinyl with a layer of quilt batting in between.


The beginnings…

This was my first tote on my industrial machine.

brown n black tote front
I really like the black leather accent with the brown vinyl. Up-cycled leather pocket, bottom and handles.
brown n black tote back
Plain back, but look close – I used animal eyes on the strap ends for fun.
brown n black tote inside back
I still carry this bag – in doing so, I identified what does and doesn’t work in a tote. These handles are a little too short for me…


This was my second tote bag on my industrial machine and the pattern has morphed into what my “ostrich” vinyl bags are today.

green tote front
Green patterned vinyl remnant with upcycled green suede pocket on the front.
green tote back
A plain back.
green tote inside
Up-cycled drapery lining for the interior with a zippered top.


My First Commissioned Handbag

This was a special request for a friend’s daughter; she was to have something custom that none of her friends could or would have.

dilbert bag front
Bag front with red tab and metal button closure and clear plastic handles.


dilbert bag back
Bag back with more recycled funnies.



dilbert bag back inside 2 send
A peek inside reveals an open top pocket and recycled drapery lining.


Black Leather Piped Teal & Pistachio Vinyl Tote

This was an experiment with piping.  I love the color combination, but had trouble sewing this on my Consew so used my regular sewing machine.

teal grn blk tote front
The front and back are the same. I used a magnetic snap on the matching black leather tab closure.
teal grn blk tote side
Side view of that fun shade of green.
teal grn blk tote inside
A light colored interior makes it easier to see your stuff. The split patch pocket is perfect for your cell phone and keys.