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Last updated on Feb 2, 2021

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About CreateTricksBags

Sales 49
On Etsy since 2019

Every Bag Has Story!

It started with buttons. Hundreds of them, maybe a thousand. I’m not making that up. My Mom is a “collector.” I offered to take the buttons off her hands to clear some space. I love knitting and started down the knitting rabbit hole when my sons were young. I needed a small knitting project bag, so found a pattern I liked and made it, adding one of the buttons. Then I made another. And another (there were a LOT of buttons)! I started changing up the patterns, adjusting them to fit my needs (socks, shawls, sweaters, blankets!). Friends started asking whether they could buy my bags. Over the past 6 years I have continued to make and sell bags locally, to knitters and non-knitters alike. I find inspiration from my customers, from the fabric itself, and from trying to solve the universal first-world problem of how to carry our stuff in the most efficient and beautiful way.

Fabric for my bags comes from various sources, including estate or garage sales, reuse/recycle shops, interior designers, destashers on Facebook and Craigslist, and clearance racks. I have found fabric from the 1930’s, batiks from Indonesia, curtains from the 1970’s, sheets from 1960. Friends and coworkers who hear about my small business love to gift me fabric from their mothers/grandmothers. I’ve been given upholstery fabric remnants of dining room chairs from 1969, corduroy fabric left over from overalls made in 1974, and fabric purchased in 1980 for curtains. I also have obtained fabric remnants from interior design firms, often quite expensive silks and tapestries. I love the idea of recycling and reusing materials, and also keeping production costs reasonable.

I love telling my customers the story behind the bag, whether it's the origin of the fabric, the button, or the style. Every bag has a story!

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  • Sharon Elstein

    Owner, Maker

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