Added April 2023
Although most of the bags that I create are from my own patterns, I recently made this clutch wallet from a pattern by U-Handbag Sewing Patterns.
Of course, I needed to make a few alterations in order to account for the qualities of the upcycled fabrics that I was using and also to add an appliqued design. Not the easiest of projects that I've tackled and one that I'm not sure whether I'll repeat, although I do have another of the flip lock wallet frames to use at some point, so could make one to order for you in your choice of colour.
This wallet is available through my Etsy shop.
I haven't created any new designs of bags since last October concentrating instead on making to order my existing designs, with each being slightly different due to variations in the fabrics used and the placement of them.
I have, though, been experimenting with creating textile wall art and am currently working on a commission for such a piece. You can read about the influences and inspiration behind this development in my creative pursuits in my recent blog.
Whether this becomes something that is offered more widely as a service or incorporated into existing products, I have yet to decide. Watch this space!
Added October 2022
In these times in which so many are needing to be careful of their expenditure due to the cost-of-living crisis, I am anxious to provide some more reasonably-priced options amongst my range of rainbow patchwork bags.
So there are now two new bags in my Etsy shop.
a top-handled bag that has all the usual internal features of a BarMadeBag (a zipped pocket, a slip-in pocket and a trigger hook for your keys) but has less other hardware hence keeping the cost of the bag down to £48 including UK delivery.
a messenger style bag which keeps the cost down to £45 by only having its flap featuring patchwork rather than throughout the body of the bag.
I also have a selection of smaller items such as pouches. purses and a wallet that feature rainbow patchwork.
Added February 2022
After a break from adding new designs to my range while I focused instead on made-to-order items, I've now created a boxy style of crossbody bag which is a new way to present the two most popular themes amongst my bags: the appliqued Happy Hedgehog and the rainbow patchwork.
Watch out for more variations on this shape of bag!
Added April - July 2021
More of my patchwork creations can be seen here: Patchwork Bags
This is an ongoing project to add to the Rainbow Collection of products from BarMadeBags.
Following on from the success and popularity of the large messenger style bag that I make to order featuring patchwork panels made from bright batik fabrics, I have extended the range to include different styles and sizes of bags, a purse and a roll suitable for pens, crochet hooks or other tools.
Added April 2021
This is a new product from BarMadeBags.
A practical yet beautifully-created storage roll for either paint brushes or knitting needles, the patchwork and appliqued design on the outside of this Art and Craft roll is inspired by William Morris designs.
Added February 2021
The newest addition to my "art" bags is this zipped pouch which features textile art inspired by the Northern Lights, off the coast of Norway.
This is quite a small bag which could be used as a clutch to make a stunning addition to your outfit when going out, or as a special pouch in which to store crochet hooks, sewing equipment or even pens and small notebooks!
Added January 2021
Some of the small pieces of left-over fabric from the art panel for the bag were used to make a smaller version of the image. This became the front of this needle case.
Added in January 2021, this large top-handled bag features a panel of textile art based on one of my acrylic paintings, entitled "Icicles: Feeling the Chill"
You can find out more about how this bag came about by reading this blog.