ISewTotes

Quilts, Wallhangings, Totes and more...

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Announcement    Welcome to ISewTotes and thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and let me know if you like something -- it's always good to get some feedback!

I love to sew and simply put, play with fabric. Years ago had a drapery business and after retiring from that I turned to bag-making and quilting -- it all started with orchid fabrics.

Since then I have expanded to general floral designs and our beloved pets -- especially cats and dogs.

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There is a 6% sales tax on all purchases for Maryland buyers.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 3, 2018

Welcome to ISewTotes and thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and let me know if you like something -- it's always good to get some feedback!

I love to sew and simply put, play with fabric. Years ago had a drapery business and after retiring from that I turned to bag-making and quilting -- it all started with orchid fabrics.

Since then I have expanded to general floral designs and our beloved pets -- especially cats and dogs.

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There is a 6% sales tax on all purchases for Maryland buyers.

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About ISewTotes

Sales 599
On Etsy since 2009

Sewing for fun

I was born in Germany and sewing is probably in my genes passed down from my grandfather to my mother and then to me. Although I never new my grandfather, the remnants of his tailor shop were a distinct presence in the house where I grew up. Most of all there was one of those old treadle machine which everyone in the family knew how to use -- or at least tried to. Clothes you didn't buy - you make your own. I remember how thrilled I was at the age of 13 when I got my first store-bought jeans!

Once I came to the States, I sewed even before I my first child was born. For years I made my own as well as my children's clothes. When my daughter was 4 yrs old I started working for a drapery business and after about 16 yrs I went out on my own. Then there was a hiatus of about 10-15 years when I sewed very little because I went back to school to get my degree in German Literature and Culture.

About 6 to 8 years ago I began helping our local Botanical Garden with fundraising by making tote bags and potholders with orchid themes for their annual orchid show. Eventually this evolved into becoming more creative -- I added table runners, place mats, eye glass cases and gift bags. And along the way I remembered a promise I had made to myself years earlier: "When I'm retired I'll learn how to quilt". I love the creative aspect of working with fabrics, shapes, colors and especially those beautiful orchid prints. My latest discovery is the "attic window" pattern which always incites me to new and different designs.

I opened my Etsy shop several years ago when I taught Annie, my granddaughter to sew. She was just past the teenage and, of course, knew her way around the internet. She introduced me to Etsy and I now have shops -- this one where I list items with general floral designs as well as cat and dog themed fabrics and my other shop which is devoted to all things "orchid": https://www.etsy.com/shop/OrchidFabricDecor

Shop members

  • ilse

    Owner

    I learned sewing during my elementary school years in Germany. First I sewed for my children and later professionally when I got into the drapery business. Now it's mostly for fun!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 11, 2018
Welcome to ISewTotes!

As the name indicates: it's totes - mostly. But there are also quilts, duffle bags, table runners, placemats, mug rugs, potholders, hotpads, wine bottle bags and eyeglass cases. I love fabrics and work with cotton prints and decorator fabrics.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Refunds and exchanges are possible if you contact me within 2 days of receiving the item. It must be unused and still in its original condition.
Payment
Personal check, Pay Pal and Credit Card
Shipping
USPS, first class. Shipped within 2-4 days of receiving order.
Your choice of added insurance.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will do custom orders on a limited basis - convo me and we can work something out.
No whole sale or consignment.