Handmade From New England Coffee Sacks

Providence, Rhode Island · 1294 Sales

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Friend's Trip to Jamaica inspires New England Duo

In 2008 our best friend brought back some Blue Mountain Coffee from her trip to Jamaica. We had never seen or thought of a stenciled coffee bean sack until then. Being pretty close to vegans at that time, we got the idea to start a line of handmade wallets and things for people like ourselves, that will not buy leather and want something unique and original. Living in New England, it wasn't hard to find local roasters that were totally on board with our idea and willing to give/sell us some coffee sacks. Now here's where the breaking of the sewing machines started. We had been sewing for years and years on our own projects. We stitched our hand-weavings into pouches, our knee-highs into sock monkeys, recycled t-shirts into backpacks, hemmed our pants ... well you get the idea. But we had never encountered such a fabric that machines just seemed to hate. They broke needles , popped out of time, and stopped oiling themselves in rebellion. It was clearly time to bring in the heavies. We found some used machines from the 60's and took them in, oiled them up, and whispered sweet nothings into there ears. They are dusty (what isn't in here) but still going strong. We have them in our live/ work studio in downtown Providence. We know that we are a little crazy for not only continuing to work with this rugged fabric, but to do it in our living space, but we love it and would not trade it for anything.

Shop members

  • ApRil

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Sweeper

    I have always loved sewing and weaving. I can't seem to keep my hands still. I love making products without hurting animals and the earth. Reusing and recycling has always been a way of life for me , not just a fad to jump onto.

  • Richer

    Designer, Van Driver, Machine Maintenance, Quality Control, Spirit Lifter

    I have been making and designing for as long as I can remember. I am the problem solver, design & idea man in the ApRi team. I do love to sew , just have been doing less of that while working on my ukuleles. http://www.etsy.com/shop/birdmen

  • Frankie


    I oversee everyone and everything in the company.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 1, 2014
ApRi is a made up of April and Rich. We are happy to bring you lovely handmade products from upcycled burlap. The coffee bean bags we use are mostly local to Rhode Island. We take pride in recycling and using reclaimed materials and thread when possible. Thanks for looking and buying handmade. All goods are made in pet and smoke free areas!

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Returns and exchanges
If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase please return it within 7 days in unused condition and I will gladly issue a refund for the purchase price minus shipping.
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We ship all items within 24- 48 hours of receiving payment, but most are shipped same day. We ship with USPS first class mail with Delivery Confirmation, and USPS Priority mail.

USPS doesn't have confirmations for International orders, sorry about that. International order get shipped First Class.

Please make sure your shipping address is correct** Currently we use etsy for shipping, so please double check.

We can not be responsible for packages lost or damaged after they have left my hands. If you would like to purchase shipping insurance please let us know before you make payment and we will send you a revised invoice.

International buyers and insurance: If you wish to pay the additional cost of Priority mail,please just ask.

The buyer is responsible for any and all customs and duty fees.

FASTER SHIPPING??? Yes! It's available! Contact me to get a price quote.