HautMess

Fabric & purse making supplies

Dayton, Nevada · 874 Sales

HautMess

Fabric & purse making supplies

Dayton, Nevada 874 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(270)

Announcement   De-stashing fabric from my main shop
Haut Totes http://www.etsy.com/shop/HautTotes
With a bit of my exclusive jewelry thrown in :)

Announcement

De-stashing fabric from my main shop
Haut Totes http://www.etsy.com/shop/HautTotes
With a bit of my exclusive jewelry thrown in :)

Melissa Lewis

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Melissa Lewis

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This is my second shop where I de-stash fabric & hardware I am not using for my handbag shop.

My daughter was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type II at 18 months old. Because of the SMA (a neuromuscular condition) she is completely non ambulatory and must use a motorized wheelchair to get around.

When she was 9 she wanted a purse that attached to the side of her wheelchair, so we looked... and looked... and looked! But we couldn’t find anything designed to attach to the arm of a wheelchair that was even remotely cool.

Not only was my kid 9, not 90, she was quirky, super smart, a bit geek (serious Trekkie) and a bit goth all rolled into one. She didn't want a "Grannie Bag"!

So, I busted out the sewing machine and made her a bag with pink and black skull fabric added rhinestones to the eyes and topped it all off with hot pink fake fur trim.

She got so many comments about how great the bag was and so many people asking where she got it, that I thought I would give designing, making, and selling handbags a try.

That was the summer of 2008.
It’s been a wild ride ever since :)

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  • Melissa Lewis

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    Desert rat turned, world traveler turned desert rat: Fabric addict, tattooed, bag designer, collector of oddities, gardener, laundry lass, homework checker & cat servant.

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