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Welcome to Garbe Bags! Each Garbe Bag has its own unique combination of fabrics and features so that no two bags are exactly alike. It is part of the joy of creating handmade items, it keeps life interesting since I get to play with the colors and textures of each bag and experiment with changes to my designs.

I enjoy creating designs, making patterns, working with the different textures and color of beautiful upholstery fabrics. Discovering what works best together, using the artist's eye is all part of this creative process and the enjoyment of being a craftsman. All of this, actually takes me back to when I was painting in a studio working on my BFA in painting. The same wonderful feeling of creating something and loving the process. To do something you truly love makes time pass quickly, and nothing about it feels like "work". It is a wonderful new stage of life and I am truly enjoying it!…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 21
  • Joined April 11, 2011

Favorite materials

Strong upholstery fabrics, vinyls, vegan faux leather, canvas, fused glass, buttons, cording, zippers, magnetic clasps, polished stones

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About

Welcome to Garbe Bags! Each Garbe Bag has its own unique combination of fabrics and features so that no two bags are exactly alike. It is part of the joy of creating handmade items, it keeps life interesting since I get to play with the colors and textures of each bag and experiment with changes to my designs.

I enjoy creating designs, making patterns, working with the different textures and color of beautiful upholstery fabrics. Discovering what works best together, using the artist's eye is all part of this creative process and the enjoyment of being a craftsman. All of this, actually takes me back to when I was painting in a studio working on my BFA in painting. The same wonderful feeling of creating something and loving the process. To do something you truly love makes time pass quickly, and nothing about it feels like "work". It is a wonderful new stage of life and I am truly enjoying it!

Custom orders are always welcome, just contact me to let me know what you are looking for and what features, size or colors you would like in a bag or accessory.

I use high end upholstery fabric remnants which limits the availability of the different fabrics but allows me to use fabrics that normally cost on average over $40 a yard, One fabric that I couldn't resist was actually a Robert Allen Fabric that sold for $250 a yard! The fabrics have high standards for wear and are incredibly stain resistant. I include a small test sample with each bag so that you can test your worst nightmare stains and see how easily these bags resist staining, my favorite test is to try some red wine and be amazed to see it simply bead up and not absorb into the fabric. So have fun testing your fabrics with your worst nightmare spills!

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