Thursday, March 1, 2012

How I Design My Bags

I'm realizing now that most people don't know where I get the patterns and designs for my handbags. So I thought I'd use this post to answer that question. Here it is.

My Head. That is the answer. I am constantly on the lookout for new patterns and handbag ideas. Then I lose sleep at night, trying to figure out how they will come together. Then I get up and try it on some scraps the next day. That's it :)

It is my "not so fancy, but works for me" design process. It is actually my favorite part of my business.
Some works in progress. Notice the sticky notes?
 I'd be lost without them! 

Designing my next product and holding it in my hands. Some things work beautifully. Some things are labeled "one of a kind". They are labeled one of a kind, usually because they were so difficult to put together that I never want to do it again!
OOAK: in other words, cute, but super hard for me to put together :)

But that's where my creative process gives me some freedom. Sometimes I will stop a design, only to pick it up with a new idea a few months later. When making one thing, it gives me a great idea for another. And so on.
I loved the ruffle I put on this wristlet so much, it inspired me to think bigger...
So I added a few more, and came up with...
THIS! Who says less is more?!?!
On Friday I will post how I actually document my patterns and re-create them. I'm not promising it will be pretty.... :)


  1. you are awesome Angie!!

  2. Angie, I am not at all educated about blogs. If I don't do twitter, how do I join your blog or follow it?

  3. This is too funny, Terri! I don't even know! I will see if I can find out, but in the mean time I will be posting it on facebook so you can see it :) I'm not on twitter, either. I wonder if I should be???

  4. I figured it out...there is now a link on my sidebar. Thanks!

  5. I'm so glad you linked up to the party-I love the post-and of course all of your bags!


  6. You are so funny. I'm the same way. Ideas bubbling over in my head that keep me up at night! I love your bags - they are really pretty!

  7. GORGEOUS fabrics and bags!! Visiting you from delicateCONSTRUCTION :)

    I would LOVE for you to link this up to my new-ish diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party until Monday :)


  8. Great ideas! i love sewing, thanks for sharing.


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