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Note from shop owner I am currently not taking any custom orders and will not be posting any new listings at this time!

Thank you for stopping by! :)

- Anna

Twitter: @lvl8seamstress
Instagram: level8seamstress

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 12, 2016

I am currently not taking any custom orders and will not be posting any new listings at this time!

Thank you for stopping by! :)

- Anna

Twitter: @lvl8seamstress
Instagram: level8seamstress

Anna Mechling

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Anna Mechling


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About Level8Seamstress

Sales 160
On Etsy since 2010

Unique, Handmade Bags for Trading Card Game Decks and Accessories

A few years ago some of my friends talked me into learning how to play Magic the Gathering. I was a huge WoW nerd at the time* and really wanted nothing to do with much else game-wise but I gave in since it was something new (plus I like the dice! Glitter ones, marbled ones! So many to collect...)

What I started to realize was that the more cards I acquired the more irritating it was to keep them organized and in good shape. So being the girl I am I decided to concoct a type of bag I could carry easily in my purse or just on its own to keep everything organized and safe.

I originally started out making my very small bags with the specialty pockets for small decks. Back then I had a different shop where I sold them and other items I also make like handbags. After I sold a few online and to some friends I decided that I wanted to try and sell them on their own and have a brand new shop with a catchy name and logo** and so I created Level 8 Seamstress.

Since then I have been able to move on or perhaps level up my skills and my bags and now I make larger, sturdier messenger bags with the specialty deck pockets in varying sizes and fabrics. Eventually I added a custom/Made to Order option for several of the messengers. These are currently my most popular bags since you can choose your own color/fabric combos and I'll make a bag from scratch.

I really couldn't be more thrilled with what I am doing and as long as people are interested in keeping their TCG decks, cards and dice safe and organize I am happy to keep offering my sewing skills for the task. I also welcome questions about having something added to a bag or other interesting queries. I am always up for a challenge and always happy to listen and try something new.

* Disclaimer: I am still a huge WoW nerd just in a less time consuming and more fun, fangirl kind of way. Also Horde ftw.

** Awesome logo design by: Carey Carter -- carey.carter [!at] gmail.com

Shop members

  • Anna Mechling

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping

    Hi! My name is Anna and I'm currently a Senior at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) here in Atlanta studying Fashion and Costume Design. I'm a little nerdy, a lot girly sometimes and always trying to find new ways to challenge myself! :D

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Level 8 Seamstress is a shop for different types of nerdy accessories and maybe a few other fun, little goodies. The main feature of my shop for the moment are the Messenger Bag Style Bags with my Specialty Deck Pockets for Magic the Gathering decks (or other TCGs) and accessories such as dice and counters. The bags aren't exclusive to Magic but when I came up with the idea for them that is what I had in mind. These bags are also available in smaller, portable styles as well.

The Deck Bags are a fun and neat way to organize and carry your decks, dice and counters. I strive to make bags for guys and gals in fun patterns and colors. If you see something you like but would like it switched up a bit you can always convo me and we can see what we can come up with!

I tend to sew M-F but have been known to sew on the weekends as well. That being said if you place an order on a Saturday I can not guarantee that I will start it until the following Monday. However I typically work as fast as I can so that your wait is not very long. If you need something by a particular date please message me ASAP so I know if I need to get it to you faster.

Thanks again for checking out my shop! :D

*** All designs, photos and content (unless otherwise noted) are my own! If you would like to post information or content from my shop on your own site please post a link back to the shop. Thank you! © 2009-2013 Anna Mechling ***

Awesome logo design by: Carey Carter -- carey.carter [!at] gmail.com

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be completely satisfied so if there are any problems with your order at all please feel free to message me so we can make it right!

I am happy to make exchanges or returns for items within 2 weeks of receiving the item(s) as long as the purchased item(s) shows no sign of wear or use.

You will need to message me to arrange for a return/refund, this way I will know what the problem was and so I can be on the lookout for your item(s). Also the faster you message me after receiving your item(s) the faster we can make the exchange and the faster you can enjoy your goodies!

Any items in the "CLEARANCE (all Final)" section are FINAL SALE! Meaning they can not be returned or exchanged. This section was made to help me clear out my stock to make room for new items so it is best if the items find a great home to be at forever :) If you have any questions about any sale item before you buy it PLEASE feel free to convo me, I'd be happy to answer any questions.
Currently I am accepting payments from PayPal as well as through Etsy's new Direct Checkout system where you can pay directly from Etsy's site without leaving or having to set up a separate payment account.

PayPal Info: If you choose to pay with PayPal you will be redirected to their site and will be asked to either log in with your own PayPal account information or you can choose the option for not having a PayPal account and simply use your card instead but it will still go through PayPal's secure system. More info about paying without a PayPal account can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/361

More information about making purchases on Etsy's site can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339

I am always happy to help and answer any questions as well so feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

If you see an item you are interested in but are unable to purchase it immediately I have no problem holding an item for up to a week. If more time is needed then message me about the particular item and I will see if we can work something out.

More popular items and newer items can usually be recreated unless they fall under the "Special and OOAK" shop section so I might just be able to remake the item for you when you are able to purchase it. You can learn more about my custom items in this section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Level8Seamstress?section_id=10107586
I have recently updated shipping prices on all items in the shop to reflect recent changes made to the USPS's shipping costs. Please read the information below for more details! Thanks! - Anna (updated March 2013)

Once a payment has gone through I will ship out the item(s). The item(s) will be sent via USPS Priority Mail*. I list the shipping price to include the average shipping cost (based on past shipments). Shipping varies based on where the package is going so it may not always be exact. I also try and refund any overages in shipping if there is a big difference, again this only applies depending on where the package is going. Sometimes it ends up being less and sometimes it is more. Priority mail has an estimated arrival of 2-3 days from the time it is shipped. I also combine shipping if multiple items are purchased in the same order and this should reflect at the time of purchase (again I will refund any overages if there is a large difference).

*The USPS Priority mail service (as of Jan 2013) now includes delivery confirmation (tracking number) for all US packages, yay! I used to purchase this separately but now it is all included, however this means I have had to update my shipping costs accordingly since the USPS has also raised their prices slightly. After researching different avenues for shipping the USPS is still the fastest (and the least expensive option) to ship the items I offer here in the shop. If you have any questions about shipping or would like to have me ship something via regular Standard mail (time frame for arrival is extended) feel free to message me and we can chat about it! Also if you are ordering multiple items (more than 3 bags of any size) at once I can typically fit the order in a large flat rate box which runs around $15 so any overage in shipping will be refunded once everything is packed, verified and shipped out. Flat rate boxes can only be used to ship within the United States, please see information for International shipping further down.

If you place a made to order or custom order (meaning I am making it from scratch) and you need it by a certain date please let me know ahead of time so that I can plan accordingly and make sure that I will have enough time to complete it and to have it shipped out.

All Clearance SALE items are shipped non Priority in an effort to keep the price of sale items, and their shipping cost, as low as possible :).

If for any reason you need a clearance SALE (or other regular) item quicker PLEASE put that in the notes to seller at checkout and I will ship it the regular way and work out a separate extra shipping charge. You can also message me beforehand and I can also go ahead and edit the listing to reflect the extra shipping charge for you :)

International Shipping Note: Once anything leaves the US the postal service has informed me that they have no control over how much time it will take to reach its destination. That being said they have told me that the estimated time that they usually tell people is typically 6-10 days but please be aware this is only an estimate given to me by our postal service. Please take this into account if you are ordering something and need it by a certain date and live out of the United States :). Also due to our postal service raising their prices in 2013, for domestic and international shipping, I have had to adjust the shipping prices for each of the listings. The jump in price wasn't too drastic but they did go up a bit and I will still refund any large overages, just like I would for any shipping overages in the US, when necessary.

If you don't see your country listed in the shipping options but would like me to research what the shipping cost might be please don't hesitate to ask! :)
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note that all MADE TO ORDER items are just that: Made to Order. This means that I ask that you please allow 2-4 days for completion of your item. I usually work as fast as I can to get you your item but if I become backed up for any reason or I am out of certain supplies I will message you ASAP to let you know if I feel it may take a bit longer :) I work really hard on all of my items so I just want to be clear that even if you have to wait a little bit longer it will be worth it :D

Care instructions: The heavy fabric I use for the exteriors of all of my messenger bags has a special stiffening agent already added to it so in order for the bag to keep its sturdy, "stiff"-like qualities I suggest only spot cleaning the bags and not washing them fully. It will not harm the bags to wash them in the washing machine however the bag may lose some of its shape and it may also cause the colors to fade more rapidly. I have tested washing some of the fabric on cold and on the gentle cycle and the black definitely faded a little bit when I washed it. So I would assume all the colors may fade a bit as well. The actual care instructions for the fabric is to dry clean only.

A NOTE ON CERTAIN MATERIALS I USE: I have recently started using fleece padding for some items in the shop. This material has been used in certain items (see individual listings for more info) that are great for small electronics (phone, DS, mp3 players, etc.). I will stress that it is slight. That being said the padding is an extra added bonus to protect against minor jostling in a bag and normal everyday use. Unless your normal is throwing your electronics on the ground hard or off buildings, then the slight padding may not be for you ;)

I make no claims as to the degree of protection offered by my products and I will not be responsible for any damage. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me :) Thanks! -Anna

COUPON CODES: Whenever I offer coupon codes they are ONLY usable on the items/sections that I set up for it. If the code is used on any item(s) not falling into the correct category, for use with the coupon, then the order will be cancelled.