MadeByGrandad

Stylish and functional bags all hand-made to order

Rothbury, United Kingdom · 479 Sales

MadeByGrandad

Stylish and functional bags all hand-made to order

Rothbury, United Kingdom 479 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(147)

Announcement   HTC Vive headset VR Protector now available in choice of colours.

All MadeByGrandad products which accommodate iPads are now available for iPad Pro - a new messenger satchel to suit iPad Mini is also now available - please convo with requirements when you order. (note: the smaller 9.7" iPad Pro is the same size as the iPad Air 2 and fits in the regular size iPad products)

Bags for technology, bags for style and bags of fun - all handmade to last and delight. Never be without your essential stuff, never lose your style.

Take a look also at www.madebygrandad.co.uk for the low-down.

I’m proud to receive appreciative feedback from my customers...

"Having had 'custom made' bags in the past, your work by far has topped the list. Great communication, efficient and fabulous work. Great bag...has absolutely everything I need and more. Custom made at its very best...highly recommend your great work. Very skilled. Thank-You"

"Very nice seller, works quickly and efficiently. The packaging is extensive and nice, the bag itself matching the description perfectly. Built quality is up to high-end standards and the bag can sustain a lot of harsh treatment. As a photographer it's important to find a bag you can trust for your gear ; this one is going to be my primary bag for many years. Thank you Grandad!"

“All I can say is Wow!! I am delighted. Your products are beyond what I was expecting. The quality of work is exceptional! and I love the whole look - the classy colours we picked and how you put them together. I'm absolutely thrilled with my bags and cases. The quick service and delivery was more than I expected.”

“A fantastic quality bag by a fantastic craftsman. He made sure everything was perfect for a fit to my devices, and the end result is an amazing bag!”

"Amazing my bag is beautiful and arrived so quickly I couldn't rate made by grandad highly enough. Everything makes me smile about the bag even down to the string tied around the packaging. I urge anyone looking for a expertly made messenger bag to order one of made by grandad immediately!! A super happy customer!!!"

"This beautifully crafted, custom made bag was completed and sent out in record time. Great customer service. I'm a very happy customer!"

“Absolutely excellent bag, brilliant design that easily accommodates my iPad with keyboard case and the 96 million other toys I carry around! Roy made the bag for me in black outer and gold inner, and it really does look impressive - the quality of workmanship is outstanding and all the small touches like "proper" zips and such make it a really great thing to use. In case it hasn't come across in the review, I'm a fan...”

“This is a terrific bag! Perfectly sized with just the right amount of pockets, including one for protecting an iPad device. The build quality is first rate. We really appreciated Roy's attention to details and great communication to make sure we were getting just what we wanted. Highly recommended.”

“What can you say? Hand-made from quality textiles by someone who is nothing less than a craftsman. A MadeByGrandad bag could have been made by your Grandad - at least if your Grandad knew his way around a sewing machine like Roy Stephenson! I feel like I own something really special in this bag. Not only are Roy's beautiful bags unique, useful objects, but Roy is a rare talent in both his creations and the care he takes in meeting the needs of his customers. You can tell he cares in the quality of his work and in his regular communication on the status of his work. By the way, you will probably need no more than a couple of status updates because he turns your order very quickly. I, for one, will be back for more!”

“The photo speaks for itself. Roy is the most passionate, patient, creative and helpful artisan. No kidding. I sent him tons of messages trying to find the perfect recipe to create my own special bag and here it is. And hey, I ordered it last week and now I'm wearing it. Isn't it wonderful ?”

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My own need to carry an iPad, iPhone and camera was the start of these practical and stylish bags. Tried and tested and carefully crafted - technology is where you need it. What started out as just my own personal bag has developed, with the help of enthusiastic Etsy customers, into an exciting range. Accommodating Tablets and Smartphones, along with a variety of camera formats and just about anything else you care to carry, my Messenger Bags and Shoulder-Purses are stylish, practical and versatile. Each bag is custom-made to its owner's requirements, so, whether you are left or right-handed or just plain fussy, YOUR bag will be right for you.

Most people seems to agree that 'anonymity' is a big plus point - these are attractive personal accessories, which just happen to contain your valuable technology. Whether outrageous or conservative, man or woman, a MadeByGrandad custom bag will complement your tastes and satisfy your needs.

See videos demonstrating the products at http://www.madebygrandad.co.uk/gallery/videos.html.

Available in many colours and pattern combinations - please convo me or have a look at http://www.madebygrandad.co.uk/materials.html for some ideas.

Take a look at www.madebygrandad.co.uk for more about MadeByGrandad.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 12, 2016

HTC Vive headset VR Protector now available in choice of colours.

All MadeByGrandad products which accommodate iPads are now available for iPad Pro - a new messenger satchel to suit iPad Mini is also now available - please convo with requirements when you order. (note: the smaller 9.7" iPad Pro is the same size as the iPad Air 2 and fits in the regular size iPad products)

Bags for technology, bags for style and bags of fun - all handmade to last and delight. Never be without your essential stuff, never lose your style.

Take a look also at www.madebygrandad.co.uk for the low-down.

I’m proud to receive appreciative feedback from my customers...

"Having had 'custom made' bags in the past, your work by far has topped the list. Great communication, efficient and fabulous work. Great bag...has absolutely everything I need and more. Custom made at its very best...highly recommend your great work. Very skilled. Thank-You"

"Very nice seller, works quickly and efficiently. The packaging is extensive and nice, the bag itself matching the description perfectly. Built quality is up to high-end standards and the bag can sustain a lot of harsh treatment. As a photographer it's important to find a bag you can trust for your gear ; this one is going to be my primary bag for many years. Thank you Grandad!"

“All I can say is Wow!! I am delighted. Your products are beyond what I was expecting. The quality of work is exceptional! and I love the whole look - the classy colours we picked and how you put them together. I'm absolutely thrilled with my bags and cases. The quick service and delivery was more than I expected.”

“A fantastic quality bag by a fantastic craftsman. He made sure everything was perfect for a fit to my devices, and the end result is an amazing bag!”

"Amazing my bag is beautiful and arrived so quickly I couldn't rate made by grandad highly enough. Everything makes me smile about the bag even down to the string tied around the packaging. I urge anyone looking for a expertly made messenger bag to order one of made by grandad immediately!! A super happy customer!!!"

"This beautifully crafted, custom made bag was completed and sent out in record time. Great customer service. I'm a very happy customer!"

“Absolutely excellent bag, brilliant design that easily accommodates my iPad with keyboard case and the 96 million other toys I carry around! Roy made the bag for me in black outer and gold inner, and it really does look impressive - the quality of workmanship is outstanding and all the small touches like "proper" zips and such make it a really great thing to use. In case it hasn't come across in the review, I'm a fan...”

“This is a terrific bag! Perfectly sized with just the right amount of pockets, including one for protecting an iPad device. The build quality is first rate. We really appreciated Roy's attention to details and great communication to make sure we were getting just what we wanted. Highly recommended.”

“What can you say? Hand-made from quality textiles by someone who is nothing less than a craftsman. A MadeByGrandad bag could have been made by your Grandad - at least if your Grandad knew his way around a sewing machine like Roy Stephenson! I feel like I own something really special in this bag. Not only are Roy's beautiful bags unique, useful objects, but Roy is a rare talent in both his creations and the care he takes in meeting the needs of his customers. You can tell he cares in the quality of his work and in his regular communication on the status of his work. By the way, you will probably need no more than a couple of status updates because he turns your order very quickly. I, for one, will be back for more!”

“The photo speaks for itself. Roy is the most passionate, patient, creative and helpful artisan. No kidding. I sent him tons of messages trying to find the perfect recipe to create my own special bag and here it is. And hey, I ordered it last week and now I'm wearing it. Isn't it wonderful ?”

--------------------------------------------------

My own need to carry an iPad, iPhone and camera was the start of these practical and stylish bags. Tried and tested and carefully crafted - technology is where you need it. What started out as just my own personal bag has developed, with the help of enthusiastic Etsy customers, into an exciting range. Accommodating Tablets and Smartphones, along with a variety of camera formats and just about anything else you care to carry, my Messenger Bags and Shoulder-Purses are stylish, practical and versatile. Each bag is custom-made to its owner's requirements, so, whether you are left or right-handed or just plain fussy, YOUR bag will be right for you.

Most people seems to agree that 'anonymity' is a big plus point - these are attractive personal accessories, which just happen to contain your valuable technology. Whether outrageous or conservative, man or woman, a MadeByGrandad custom bag will complement your tastes and satisfy your needs.

See videos demonstrating the products at http://www.madebygrandad.co.uk/gallery/videos.html.

Available in many colours and pattern combinations - please convo me or have a look at http://www.madebygrandad.co.uk/materials.html for some ideas.

Take a look at www.madebygrandad.co.uk for more about MadeByGrandad.

Ellison Roy Stephenson

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Ellison Roy Stephenson

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(147)
Christy Crigler

Christy Crigler on Dec 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What can I say ... perfect bag for my iPad Pro. Well made and ... Scottish ... what could be better?!?

Christy Crigler

Christy Crigler on Dec 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is one of my fav shops and will shop from MadeByGradad again. Well made and everything was just as promised.

Hilda Dupont

Hilda Dupont on Nov 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Concur with all the great reviews for GrandDad (Roy): great craftsmanship, perfection to details, choice of color combination that he recommended was on point, communication was very pleasant, and I really appreciate the leather strap upgrade! Beautiful and functional bag I will take to all my travels and beyond! Thank you Roy!

neurolex

neurolex on Nov 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My husband absolutely loved this bag. Roy was an pleasure to deal with and ensured that it arrived in time for his birthday. We are so pleased with the quality and care that went in to this item. Highly recommend.

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Updates

Now - a messenger satchel with a removable and washable lining. Kids, dogs, lunches - this bag loves them all!
New size messenger satchel now to suit iPad Mini. Very similar in functionality to its larger cousins only more compact. Available in all the usual (and varied) fabrics and custom-made by Grandad to order.

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Brand new version of MadeByGrandad
's favourite Messenger Satchel now re-designed to fit iPad Pro along with lots of other stuff. This one in beautiful Harris Tweed with brilliant red lining.
Staying in step with progress - MadeByGrandad

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About

Doing what I love to do and sharing it with appreciative customers

I was always doing things with my hands, my mother used to call us a 'crafty family' (for all the right reasons you must understand).  I can remember sitting on the hard ash path down the garden having been given a hammer, a brick and a jar of rusty, used and bent nails, and being instructed by my Uncle Charlie how to straighten them.  I was probably around 4 years old and for me this was heaven: looking back on it, I had a pile of raw materials, a suitable tool and, apparently the ability to turn those raw materials into something better and useful (straight-ish and re-usable nails).  These were post-war years in rural England (around 1950) when 'recycling' was not a word in common use but 'thrift' was everywhere.  Yes we were a crafty family, which I shall explain in more detail later, but we were also a thrifty family - possibly out of simple need, but more likely out of an inborn drive to make things better, to improvise, and not to waste.

So, I've spent my life making things - sometimes to pay the bills, sometimes just for the fun of it.  Schools were (mostly) thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring - seven years learning to be an architect - a lifetime of grasping opportunities and adapting to their challenges. Over that time I have gained a few skills from a variety of disciplines: woodwork, artwork, photography, music, needlework, even a bit of metalwork (although I've always regretted the lack of a basic background in metalwork skills).  The result of all this is steady output of artefacts, some of which are shared elsewhere on this site.  Not a place to show myself off but a place to share a passion with you. You who may already have similar inclinations, or are perhaps needing a little encouragement to step into the endless world of making things.

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  • Ellison Roy Stephenson

    Owner, Designer, Architect, Artist, Photographer, Designer, Maker And Doer

    A life making things and gaining some skills in the process: woodwork, artwork, photography, music, needlework, even some metalwork. A steady output of artefacts, some of which are found on this site: this is a place to share my passions with you.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 11, 2016
MadeByGrandad likes nothing better than turning out a first class article from the best materials and using the best techniques. Products are all pretty much one-offs although the styles and designs may carry through several versions. Many of the materials used are sourced in small quantities when something interesting has caught my eye, so contrasts, linings and trims are sometimes limited to just a few products. If you are looking for something which is similar to but not exactly like a listed item, please feel free to enquire and I will do my best to help. Most of my products can be further customised with left or right-handed versions (no charge), embroidered initials, custom decals and additional pockets where appropriate: just ask and we will work together to arrive at the perfect solution!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Paypal is my preferred method of payment. Your item will be shipped to the address you provide through Paypal, so please make sure that your Etsy address and Paypal address are the same. Through Paypal you can use your credit card, debit card, or write a cheque. Your item will be shipped once payment is confirmed and the item is ready.
Shipping
Products are usually shipped in the UK either by Royal Mail 1st Class or by Royal Mail Special Delivery (messengers, satchels and similar, normally the latter - slightly more expensive I'm afraid but offering the most secure tracking system). International orders are usually shipped using either Royal Mail International Standard or International Tracked where available. You will be advised of an anticipated shipping date and tracking details if available.

As your goods will often needs a signature on receipt - please let me know if you have any special requirements - e.g. perhaps deliver to place of work rather than home - etc.

A reminder for international customers: import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or the shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Under no circumstances will I alter the cost or description of goods on any customs paperwork to avoid customs fees or taxes.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be pleased with your purchase. If you are not happy with your purchase, contact me within 5 days of receipt to discuss possible exchange or return. All items must be in new unused condition upon return for exchange or refund, and return carriage costs are the purchaser's responsibility. MadeByGrandad will not be liable for any consequential loss related to the use of one of its products.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are produced in a smoke-free environment.

Please note any bag contents illustrated are not included.

Where Harris Tweed is used, the design of the official Harris Tweed label and its position may vary depending on labels supplied by the Harris Tweed Authority.

MadeByGrandad will not be held liable for any consequential loss arising from the use of its products.

Have a look at www.madebygrandad.co.uk for all the background to Grandad and the products.