I WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Charcoal Faux Suede Bag

Charcoal Faux Suede Bag

Upcycled Jean Bag Made With Worn Out Jeans

Upcycled Jean Bag Made With Worn Out Jeans

Red, Black, and White Crazy Quilted Bag

Red, Black, and White Crazy Quilted Bag

Blue and Beige Crazy Quilted Bag

Blue and Beige Crazy Quilted Bag

Black and Silver Crazy Quilted Bag

Black and Silver Crazy Quilted Bag

It has been over a year since I have posted on this blog. I have been incredibly busy, which is a blessing since I have had my share of health problems along with the usual Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis problems. A lot of these problems started after the first of the year and are still continuing. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel since I’m in pain therapy at one of the best pain clinics in the state of Ohio.

My shop on Etsy has taken off and has kept me so busy that I have not had any real time off since last Christmas! I’m going to slow down as much as possible next month so I can get some much needed sewing and quilting done. I’m also hoping I will be out of pain by then (fingers crossed).

I’m always adding new pieces of jewelry and I hope you will take the time to stop by and check out my shop. If you find something you would like, just mention that you read this blog and I will give you a special discount. My Etsy shop is located at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BevmarDesigns

Once I build up my jewelry collection, I’m planning on adding some of my original handmade bags and quilted items. You will see some of the bags I have made in the past 10 years at the top of this blog.

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Quilted Bags That I Have Created!

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My first crazy quilted bag using my embroidery machine!

I have been creating and making my own bags for 10+ years. I love the creativity that is involved!

This process starts with choosing fabrics. I LOVE fabric shopping, whether it’s online or in a fabric store! When shopping for fabrics and depending on what is on hand in the color theme I want, that is when I decide what design I want to create for my bag. After I start piecing the bag, that’s when I choose trims and threads to add that extra sparkle and beauty to the bag. I have a large plastic container filled with trims that I use specifically for bags and wearable art. I also have over 400 spools of thread–thread in different colors for sewing my bag together and specialty threads for embellishment, decorative stitching and embroidery.

When crazy quilting a bag, I love to design and add certain embellishments as I go along. I’m more creative that way!

All of the bags I create, whether or not the bag is for me or someone else, I make a sturdy lining out of corduroy. I know, some of you are thinking “corduroy?” but it’s what I have been using for years and the lining in my older bags has held up after using the bag for over 10 years! I always hated it when my lining ripped when I used to buy bags. Now, I do not have that problem!

The second thing I insist on is having lots of pockets in the lining of my bags! I HATE trying to find something in my bag when it is all at the bottom. How frustrating! Both inside walls have pockets along the entire width of the bag. I also include an attached cosmetic bag. I carry several tubes of lipstick and other items that are in my cosmetic bag. It is so wonderful to reach into my bag and find what I want right away!

I create and give my hairdresser a new bag every year for Christmas instead of a tip! I have been doing this for around 10 years. She loves the bags I design for her! She has been one of my clients ordering bags from me and she has sent me a couple of other people who have become clients as well.

Last year for Christmas, she wanted a primary color bag. I designed a bag with light blue faux suede and each design on the bag was a different primary color (see the charcoal bag with the Avant Garden designs next to last photo). That’s when I decided I wanted a bag like hers but I wanted all of my Avant Garden designs to be the same color. I also created bags for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. They both wanted denim blue and their Avant Garden designs are all the same color. I have faux suede in several colors to make bags–winter white, cream, light blue, charcoal, burgundy, forest green, and black.

The reason I am writing this blog about bags is I want to know what others think about the bags I have created. I’m thinking about putting them in my shop on etsy and I need to know if they are what women are looking for in a bag. I need honest input because when I ask my family, especially my mom and mother-in-law, they all love what I do. That does not mean that everyone else feels the same way or that I will sell these bags in my shop! Please be honest without being unkind.