Happy New Year! With the start of a new decade, comes many new opportunities to involve those in the world of sewing with our thread. One such, is the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year, Coats & Clark is sponsoring the Best Handmade Handbag category.

What is so exciting about this opportunity is Coats & Clark is in very good company; Kate Spade, Carlos Fachi, Swarovski Crystals, to name a few. It also allows us to share some important sewing and thread tips with designers and those who visit the Handbag Designer 101 website. Coats & Clark will be providing tips on a regular basis throughout the year.

There also seems to be a real trend in making bags. In our travels, we have noticed more and more sewing enthusiasts with some really fun, unique bags. We have to ask . . . did you make your bag? The trend seemed so prevelant we even started to take photos. The best part, the bags really are a reflection of the sewer’s personality and the fact that when you sew, you can make it your own.

We’d love to know if you have made your own hand or tote bags. Leave us a comment or two about that special bag you designed or made for yourself, as a gift or for a friend.
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