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Welcome to Flapdoodle Bags!

My sewing journey began in a home economics class in the primeval swamp known as middle school. We were tasked with making a skirt, which would ultimately be worn to school as part of the final grade. Every aspect of this course turned out to be a nightmare: from picking out the fabric, (what was I thinking) to putting in a zipper, fighting with the waistband, and sewing a straight seam, I was an abysmal failure. It was the only class of my academic career in which I received a deficiency slip. I have done my best to blot from my memory the day I had to wear the skirt to school. I do remember that the hem was askew, the waistband crooked, and the zipper refused to go up all the way. Even my best friends laughed. I was finished with sewing.

To satisfy my creative urges, I turned to handwork like needlepoint and embroidery,…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 13
  • Joined March 1, 2010

Favorite materials

Bali and batik fabrics, and other colorful cottons

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About

Welcome to Flapdoodle Bags!

My sewing journey began in a home economics class in the primeval swamp known as middle school. We were tasked with making a skirt, which would ultimately be worn to school as part of the final grade. Every aspect of this course turned out to be a nightmare: from picking out the fabric, (what was I thinking) to putting in a zipper, fighting with the waistband, and sewing a straight seam, I was an abysmal failure. It was the only class of my academic career in which I received a deficiency slip. I have done my best to blot from my memory the day I had to wear the skirt to school. I do remember that the hem was askew, the waistband crooked, and the zipper refused to go up all the way. Even my best friends laughed. I was finished with sewing.

To satisfy my creative urges, I turned to handwork like needlepoint and embroidery, blaming the sewing machine for my trauma. Then, I discovered quilting; I could do it by hand--no machine would intimidate me. From piecing, I moved on to applique, which has become my passion.

I made my first bag as a gift for my sister-in-law. I fell in love with it and have been making them obsessively ever since. Naturally, such fabulous bags had to have accessories, so I began to make cell phone cases, ipod/iphone cases, glasses cases, wallets, and more. The sewing machine and I have developed a rapport.

The bags are versatile, sturdy, roomy, and fun; functional, yet geared to show off your own individual style. Being a Massachusetts native, I can say that they are "wicked" awesome.

Each bag is one of a kind in terms of fabrics. I never make the same bag twice. My stash of Bali fabrics is extensive, so I am happy to do custom orders if you would like a color combination different from the bags on the site.

When not making bags, I make applique quilts, but not for sale--they are priceless and can only be given away.

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