The Handmade Bag Blog


Meadow Fabric’s New Colours

So I’m back on the ferry, heading over to Hampton Court Palace for Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair. So much has happened since I was travelling over last year. One of the biggest differences for me is that this year I am travelling over to England with stock boxes full of bags made from my […]

The Tale of a Cat & Mouse Zip Top Tote

Once upon a time, there was a Cat & Mouse Zip Top Tote Bag. It lived happily with its owner in County Clare, and for the most part, behaved impeccably. One day, the bag’s owner decided to go on a fantastic trip to the United States, to visit New York City. It’s a known fact […]

Back to the Sewing Machine

Well! Wasn’t The Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall fun? Driving into such an amazing location was stunning.  Ragley Hall itself is gorgeous, standing on a hill overlooking glorious rolling parkland and a lake, beyond which was the marquee village that formed the Handmade Fair. And then the set up. It was warm work, moving all […]

Off to The Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall

It’s been a very busy few weeks, as I increase my stock levels in preparation for attending The Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire in England. Trying to get the balance right of which bags to take in what fabric and which bag style has been challenging.  Just at the point when I was feeling a […]

Meadow Messenger Bag

How the bags get made

I was fortunate recently to be visited by a photographer, Julia Dunin, who was tasked by My Creative Edge to photograph the creative process that results in my bags. Julia made it an enjoyable process, and I’m delighted with the photographs. I thought I’d share the results in this blog, but first I’ve also added in […]

Naked zips

Zip it up!

Sometimes I have the chance to make little coin purses. These deceptively simple little purses are made from the recycled jeans zips and little pieces of my bag fabrics. But how do I make them? Well, here’s a step by step guide.  Parental Guidance Statement: Gratuitous video footage of a man putting jeans on a […]

Zips for purses drying in the sunshine

Divided by a Common Language

I have to start with this picture of zips from jeans drying in the sunshine yesterday.  This is the start of the purse making process.  The zips are cut from the jeans, washed and then stripped out of their denim.  The zips are divided by size, then I cut the fabrics to match up with […]

Sallyann Handmade Bags for My Creative Edge by Julia Dunin Photography-50

A quick (and I mean quick) video

I’m often asked how long it takes to make a bag, so here you go – all 32 seconds of it! I can only dream of this being the reality, but at least it gives you a basic idea! The end result of this making frenzy, a Mixed Messenger Bag, will be on sale at […]

Back behind the Sewing Machine

And breathe…! It’s been a very busy few days since I last posted a blog.  Last time I wrote I was about to head off to Showcase Ireland 2017. It was  a huge experience for me and the bags.  We headed off to the RDS in Dublin’s leafy Ballsbridge on Saturday 21st January to set […]

Fly me to the moon, let me play amongst the stars…

Those of you who take the time to read my blog posts will know that most days I start out by walking the dog.  The weather is irrelevant – the dog needs to go out, so come rain, hail, sleet or (too rarely) sunshine, I am out walking Poppy first thing.  This morning the walk […]

New Year, Preparing for Showcase 2017

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that 2017 brings peace, happiness and gorgeous bags into your life. January has started with a bang for me, as I am straight into preparations for Showcase 2017 at the RDS in Dublin from 22-25 January.  This is THE major trade show for craft businesses in Ireland, […]

Subscribe To The Handmade Bag Blog

Please enter a valid email address.
Please check the required field.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Follow Us On

Follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest styles, events and offers.