Marketplace: Small Handmade Accessory Bags, and Priority Mail Shipping for the Holidays

Small Handmade Accessory Bags
Small Handmade Accessory Bags

I finally got to an experiment I’ve been looking forward to, and to my joy and potential creative output, it worked! You may remember a Marketplace post last month, Marketplace: These Designs on Fabric Things where I shared the patterns I was planning on using to make tote bags, accessory bags and household items. Well, despite the fact it was just days before my open house I had to make these little bags, the idea was just burning a hole in my head like money burns a hole in your pocket, it had to be spent. Each was made in a different may, as I describe below.

But first, a special offer if you’d like to get your order before December 25.

Expedited Shipping Option for Priority Mail

Up to close of post office business on December 21, the Post Office offers expected delivery of your Priority Mail package before December 25 (US only, within lower 48 states). Read more about Post Office deadlines for shipping on the USPS website.

Priority Mail shipping is an extra $5.00. It’s always available in your shopping cart, but you may have never noticed it. Now you can take advantage of it for the holidays!

My local Post Office closes at noon on Saturday, December 21. If I’ve got the item in stock and can pack it and get it to the Post Office before they close, I’ll ship it to you. If that’s not possible, I will let you know.

Priority Mail Express promises to get your package to you if you order as late as December 23. Those charges vary greatly depending on distance and place so I have to give a quote once I know your address. I don’t offer that option in the shopping cart because of its variability, but if you are interested in using it, please let me know.

Small Accessory Bags

I created my own “fabric” swatches by printing the pattern on linen fabric using a fabric transfer, the kind often used for t-shirts and other garments, and the ones I use for various other projects like ornaments, coasters and tiles. I used my heat press to ensure even coverage. The pattern is clear and bright, true to the original, and I can see a lot of potential for this process! And with a tortie supurrvising my process, how could it go wrong?

Sienna keeps an eye on me and my work.

But I started with something small and easy to sew. I have always thought little bags were neat things and I’ve received some as gifts. Of course, these became an object for study when I immediately pictured my artwork on them, which is where most of my gift items begin. I had given purchased accessory bags a try a while ago but found the fabric transfers didn’t comform well to the seams and hems and such, leaving some areas unprinted and some distorted.

That meant I’d need to transfer the pattern to flat fabric and sew the bags myself. That’s not too hard, and I love to sew. I finally managed to dig out my sewing machine from under a lot of things that were overflow from my studio—all that recent cleaning and reorganizing has paid off. Equipment, inks and other items I moved to the basement left room for the overflow in my bedroom moved back into the studio, and I can sew again!

I used linen fabric for these because, along with reusing and recycling many other things in manufacture and packaging, I also reuse or recycle household goods, like old tablecloths, draperies, and other fabric items that can’t be donated (if I don’t use them for TNR). The linen has such a nice drape, but the transfer gives it a little stiffness that works well for these little bags, and likely for larger bags too, and it’s very sturdy.

I’m going to add some sort of a zipper pull too. I’ve had several ideas for ones I’d make by hand. We’ll see what I come up with, and I’ll add that to the product post.

These small bags are $10.00 each, including shipping and handling.

The first two designs

While I also picture these with single images, I started with two of my favorite patterns for these two bags. Click the image to visit the post and purchase.

Inscrutable Patterns Small Accessory Bag

I’ll let you know right now that I sold out of this design, “Inscrutable Patterns”, and finding zippers of any color in time to make new ones would probably make me miss a shipping deadline for Christmas. However, feel free to order them if you’d still like to receive them after Christmas.

Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “Inscrutable”. Read about the pattern here. I added a purple zipper just for fun.

22 Cats

I still have two of these (as I’m composing this post). If I’ve sold out you’ll get a notice the product is unavailable if you try to order it. I will also do my best to add that to this post so that you know upfront.

22 Cats small accessory bag.

There are 22 cats in this pattern who all appear in the commissioned portraits included in my book, Great Rescues Day Book“. Read about the pattern here. I used a gold zipper for all the ginger colors in this pattern.

Bella! Accessory Bags

I made a couple new things with the Bella! design—accessory bags and dish towels. Click the images below to visit the product post and purchase.

Bella! Accessory Bags in Housepanther and Ginger Kitty
Bella! Accessory Bags in Housepanther and Ginger Kitty

I make each 5 x 8 bag from reclaimed natural linen fabric, stencil my “Bella!” silhouette and embellish with buttons sewn on by hand. White zipper closure.

I’m going to add some sort of a zipper pull too. I’ve had several ideas for ones I’d make by by hand. We’ll see what I come up with, and I’ll add that to the product post.

These small bags are $10.00 each, including shipping and handling. I still have two of each color (as I’m composing this post). If I’ve sold out you’ll get a notice the product is unavailable if you try to order it. I will also do my best to add that to this post so that you know upfront. Click the image to visit the product post.

Where to find the accessory bags

You’ll find all my accessory, tote and other bags on Tote Bags.

Open House, and still time to order!

I’ve set up a slideshow of my display so you can see what I have here, but everything that’s available is on my website, www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net.

My local customers get the sale first, then I extend it to everyone, including all of you readers.

25% DISCOUNT ON YOUR ENTIRE ORDER!
including sale items

• 25% OFF all Original Artwork
• $10 Boxed Dozen Holiday Cards
• 2 for $25 Gift Items
~and~

Use the coupon code CREATIVECAT25 in your shopping cart.

Visit www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net and start browsing! I am currently adding the unsold items to my Handmade Gift Gallery, and making more items to replace what was popular and sold. You can also preview items in my Open House Newsletter.

Expedited Shipping Option for Priority Mail

As stated above…

Up to close of post office business on December 21, the Post Office offers expected delivery of your Priority Mail package before December 25 (US only, within lower 48 states). Read more about Post Office deadlines for shipping on the USPS website.

Priority Mail shipping is an extra $5.00. It’s always available in your shopping cart, but you may have never noticed it. Now you can take advantage of it for the holidays!

My local Post Office closes at noon on Saturday, December 21. If I’ve got the item in stock and can pack it and get it to the Post Office before they close, I’ll ship it to you. If that’s not possible, I will let you know.

Priority Mail Express promises to get your package to you if you order as late as December 23. Those charges vary greatly depending on distance and place so I have to give a quote once I know your address. I don’t offer that option in the shopping cart because of its variability, but if you are interested in using it, please let me know.

 

 

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