27 April 10

The Liberty Waxed Canvas Bag in Burgundy

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This bag is now available for sale on Etsy or you can click the Buy Now button below. The price going forward will be $100. It’s the most expensive bag I’ve sold that isn’t custom, but the materials used in the bag are more expensive and the construction is more complicated and requires more time to construct.

I’m particularly happy with the new pocket flap design and the closure that makes the bag adjustable. The pockets can be opened and closed with one hand. The tongue and groove closure will keep the contents secure if the bag tips over or you place it on it’s side. However, the lack of hardware means that the bag is lighter and the pockets can be overstuffed a bit.

And speaking of overstuffing, the magnetic closure is now adjustable and constructed differently than it was previously. This makes it possible to overstuff the bag a bit. And the raised design means it is easier to sanp and unsnap the closure with one hand. Cause not only do we like lotsa pockets here at Poise.cc, but we also like convenience and multi-tasking. Oh, yes we do.

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05 April 10

Hawaiian Barkcloth Bag

Front of the bag

Someone I know went to Hawaii and brought me back a few yards of some great vintage Hawaiian bark cloth. I had to make it into bags. And then my friend (my fantastic friend) Amy went and had a birthday party and I wanted to give her something handmade, cause I knew she would appreciate it far more than anything I could get her at a mall. (One of the many reasons why she is fantastic.) And she’d mentioned that she wanted a lighter bag to carry around for commuting purposes. I knew she was experimenting with color (normally she’s a monotone pallette lady, which is totally fine, but I encourage experimenting with color) and I knew she’d had a great time in Hawaii last summer so as I was going through a fabric stash I saw this barkcloth and instantly thought of her and whipped up this bag. And since I thought it was so great, I decided I had to make another one so someone else could be as cool as Amy. Well, or at least try to be as cool as her. ;)

So I made an extra bag and I am offering it for sale on my Etsy shop.

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10 February 10

The Liberty Waxed Canvas Bag

The Liberty Bag

About a year ago I made a custom bag for a friend’s sister as a gift. I was happy with the bag, and she’s worn it non-stop for a year and aside from a little wear on the cotton lining, the bag seems to be holding up remarkably well. I decided to modify just a couple of things on the bag and make it available for general sale. I made the prototype from the new pattern, put it on Etsy and it sold within a few hours. I’d hoped it would sell, but I didn’t expect it to sell that quickly.

So I have several more cut out and I’ll be adjusting just a few things on the next bags I make. For example, the pockets on the front of the bag. I like these below, but I think if you’re someone who would carry around a lot of smaller items that are possibly expensive you may want a pocket that seals. However if you do carry a notebook and a Powerbook cord then these would be the perfect size for you.

The Liberty Bag

I still need to work out the details, but I’m thinking that a smaller flap with a closure is ideal. Zippers are nice but I’m not sure they create the look I’m after. I’ll likely end up making a flap with a magnetic snap to close it. It’s not the perfect solution that I’m looking for, but for now I think it will work.

I also need to work out the price on this. I want to keep it as affordable as possible. But the more pieces of hardware I add to the bag, the more expensive it becomes. And the magnetic snaps are the only non-American made materials I use in these bags so I’d like to keep the number that I use down. Until I can find an American supplier, I want to use as few as I can. If only I had the resources to know if the plant that made these snaps truly was sweatshop free.

And best of all, I think I’ve finally created a “man” bag. Finally!

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17 January 10

Boomerang Tote Bag

15-Boomerang Tote Bag

This bag is available for sale on Etsy.

This barkcloth bag with nylon handles not only has an outside cell phone pocket but it also has a snap closure and a zipper pocket on the inside for anything you might need to keep safely tucked away. The handles are long enough to go over a shoulder, but short enough to not drag on the ground if you’re 5-foot tall. All materials used to make this bag are guaranteed to be sweatshop free and except for the snaps are made in the United States. The outside dimensions of this bag are 13“x13“X4”.

Each of these bags is made from high-quality, sweatshop-free, US-milled, woven, and printed cotton fabric. The bags are large enough to carry many daily essentials, but not so large that you’ll end up with a sore shoulder after a day of carrying your life around. The shoulder straps are 1.5” wide and made from high-quality webbing which will be soft enough to wear against your skin or over a delicate shirt. The fabric is lightly water-resistant and the coloring won’t rub off on your skin or clothing. There is a heavy-duty stiffener sewn between the exterior and interior fabrics which lets the bag stand upright without flopping over.

Exterior fabric: Cotton upholstery-grade fabric
Interior fabric: Lightweight rust cotton
Height/width/depth (inches): 13w” x 13h” x 4d”
Strap length: 28”
Closure: magnetic snap
Pockets: 9“x 6” interior zipper pocket, 5“x10” front slip pocket

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08 April 09

Chronic Babe Tote Bag

The Chronic Babe Tote Bag

Chronic Babe (www.chronicbabe.com) is a website where women who are living with chronic illnesses are encouraged to live their lives as babes instead of patients. Jenni Prokopy started the website in 2006 after dealing with her own illnesses and confronting her own pain before coming to a place where she realized she could be happy, healthy, sexy, and fun-loving. Since I suffer from two different chronic illnesses I’ve been able to gain perspective, support, and comraderie through her website and her counsel. I’m a better person because of her work. And to help support her work, I’ll be donating 50% of the sales from each Chronic Babe bag sold.

Each of these bags is made from high-quality, sweatshop-free, US-milled, woven, and printed cotton fabric. The bags are large enough to carry many daily essentials, but not so large that you’ll end up with a sore shoulder after a day of carrying your life around. The shoulder straps are 1.5” wide and made from high-quality webbing which will be soft enough to wear against your skin or over a delicate shirt. The fabric is lightly water-resistant and the coloring won’t rub off on your skin or clothing. There is a heavy-duty stiffener sewn between the exterior and interior fabrics which lets the bag stand upright without flopping over.

Exterior fabric: Cotton upholstery-grade fabric
Interior fabric: Lightweight yellow-orange cotton print
Height/width/depth (inches): 13w” x 13h” x 4d”
Strap length: 24”, but customizable if requested
Closure: magnetic snap
Pockets: 9“x 6” interior zipper pocket, 5“x10” front slip pocket

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08 April 09

ChronicBabe Shoulder Bag

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Chronic Babe is a website where women who are living with chronic illnesses are encouraged to live their lives as babes instead of patients. Jenni Prokopy started the website in 2006 after dealing with her own illnesses and confronting her own pain before coming to a place where she realized she could be happy, healthy, sexy, and fun-loving. Since I suffer from two different chronic illnesses I’ve been able to gain perspective, support, and comraderie through her website and her counsel. I’m a better person because of her work. And to help support her work, I’ll be donating 50% of the sales from each Chronic Babe bag sold.

Each of these bags is made from high-quality, sweatshop-free, US-milled, woven, and printed cotton fabric. The bags are large enough to carry many daily essentials, but not so large that you’ll end up with a sore shoulder after a day of carrying your life around. My wallet, small camera, keys, cell phone, notebook, pen, lip balm, gum, tissues, and a few other items fit neatly in this bag. The shoulder straps are 24” long, but can be made longer or shorter to fit your needs.

Exterior fabric: Cotton upholstery-grade fabric
Interior fabric: Lightweight yellow/orange cotton print
Height/width/depth (inches): 10w” x 7h” x 3d”
Strap length: 24”, but can be customized
Closure: pink nylon zipper
Pockets: 8“x 5” interior zipper pocket
$25 from the sale of each bag will be donated to Chronic Babe

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07 April 09

Geometric Messenger Bag

Geometric Messenger Bag Front

This bag is the same size as the Hip Professor Messenger Bag, but it uses a new geometric print. Thanks to user-generated feedback, the construction of this bag is improved to make the bag more durable, rip-resistant, and secure. The ipod pocket fits your ipod and your headphones, the two other pockets on the bag can hold your notebook, date book, pens, cell phone, pocket camera, or anything else you need to access quickly. There is a pocket on the side of the bag for holding your keys as well as a pocket on the back of the bag for storing items you need to access quickly (like a map or a magazine). The inside of the bag is large and roomy enough for a MacBook in a sleeve, your legal-size folders and notebooks, books, a change of clothes, your lunch, or just about anything else you’d need to carry in a day bag. The velcro is adjustable so the bag stays closed even if you have it stuffed to bulging. The nylon webbing is soft and intended to not cause undue wear on the shoulder of your shirts or jackets. And it looks great, too. Just like you.

Bag measurements
Width= 14”
Height= 11”
Depth= 4.5”
Strap is suitable for anyone 5’-5’10” tall.

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29 December 08

Mary's Classic Wool Bag

I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for quite a while (there’s bunch more where this came from) and I finally got the time and the impetus to turn it into a bag. The impetus goes by the name Mary. I met her online through Veronica (who I swear knows at least 25% of the women on the internet), and we chatted a little by email about what type of bag she would use, favorite colors, shape, usage, etc. She was a great client. She answered my questions honestly and after having given it some thought. And she was very agreeable to my ideas (totally like a Project Runway challenge, yo!) and offered a few that really helped me pull through to get something I would be happy with.

So I finished up the bag, packaged it up, shipped it off, and (as I always do) bit my fingernails until I got the “Yay! I got it! I love it!” email. And now that Mary has had the opportunity to use it a few times, and I’m delighted to brag that she’s gotten a few compliments, I’m ready to make it available for sale on Etsy. There’s only one more available, but this shape will be showing up in some other great fabrics very soon. evil laugh

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