BagsByTerry

Project Bags

Houston, Texas | 228 Sales

BagsByTerry

Project Bags

Houston, Texas 228 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (105)
Terry Schmidt

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Terry Schmidt

Announcement    Bags by Terry is no longer making bags. Thank you to all who purchased previously!

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 25, 2019

Bags by Terry is no longer making bags. Thank you to all who purchased previously!

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About

I want to be remembered

A few years ago, I really started to think about my work, my life and what I was leaving behind. By day, I am a web developer. I love creating for the web; crafting experiences for visitors to my sites is incredibly satisfying for me. However, I started to realize that I really don't have any tangible proof that I was ever "here".

Now, I don't have a life threatening illness, nor do I have any loved ones that are on their death beds. At least...I hope I don't. I'm not really sure what triggered the "when I'm gone, what have I left behind" thoughts. All I do know is that it bothered me and I wanted to find a way to change that. I made the decision that I would find ways to create "things" that I could give to friends and family. Hand made gifts that were created out of love. Gifts that - I hoped - would bring joy and happiness to the person receiving them. I decided that I would challenge myself to learn a new craft every year and it started with crochet.

I had learned to crochet as a kid. I have 4 siblings, so when we would be dropped off at Grandma's house for the summer...well, I'm sure it was a little overwhelming. One year, she decided she was going to find a way to keep us busy by showing us how to crochet our own blankets. I remember sitting there for hours just working on that blanket, and, over the summer finally completing it. Fast forward quite a few years and those memories came back to me and I decided to start with crochet for my first craft.

After relearning the basics, I quickly became obsessed with Amigurumi. I enrolled in Stacey Trock's classes on Craftsy and soon began making stuffed animals for friends and co-workers who were having babies. They loved them and I got a ton of compliments. It felt awesome!

In July of 2013, I decided I would tackle something that I had always been afraid of: knitting. Something about holding 2 needles always made me nervous. I thought "I could never do that, I'll just stick to crochet". I'm so glad I didn't give into that fear. I love, LOVE, knitting. Whether I'm making a hat or a cowl or a shawl or a sweater, I find the act of knitting so relaxing. And the look on peoples faces when they see my creations is worth the hours I put into each of my projects. I haven't created my own designs yet, but I've got my sights set on that goal.

2014 was the year I decided I was going to learn to sew. I had seen other knitters carrying their yarny goodness around in "knitting bags". I was so jealous because I was just using plastic bags. I decided that my creations needed something a little more "special" to live in while I was working to finish them. That is what led me to learn to make bags. After making a few prototypes, I honed in on the things that I really wanted to see in a bag. Turns out, other people wanted the same things and I started getting asked "where did you get that bag?!". After explaining that I had made it - and the look of confusion left their face - they would ultimately ask if I was selling them.

It was never my intention, but I started to think about it. What if I did sell them? What if I did take something that I created for myself and shared it with the world? That is how BagsByTerry started. If you decide to share in my passion, I hope you enjoy the bags as much as I do :)

Shop members

  • Terry Schmidt

    Owner

    I'm a geek, a knitter, a hooker (in the crochet sense, that is) and recently I've added sewing to my crafting repertoire. I love challenging myself with new skills and I can't wait to find my next passion.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 6, 2016
Welcome to Bags by Terry and thank you for stopping by! Here you will find a collection of hand sewn project bags. The quantities are limited and as this is a hobby of mine, updates are don't happen often. When I do get time to make new bags, I will always update on a Saturday at 12pm Central Time. If you have questions, please free to contact me. If you'd like to see what I'm currently working on, come join me over on Instagram (@tschmidt).

Thank you!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be 100% satisfied with your order. If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact me about a refund. Refunds will require that the item be returned undamaged within 14 days.
Shipping
All products are shipped via USPS and include tracking numbers. If you would prefer a faster shipping option, please contact me. Shipping costs are approximated and include the actual cost of shipping plus a small amount to cover the cost of shipping supplies and materials.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
All of my items can be shipped internationally. Note that I do not pay any duties, customs fees, or any other associated fees. These are the responsibility of the buyer if their country charges these types of fees. Please be aware of customs information including any fees that may be incurred on your end before purchasing. This information can be found at your local post office or on the web. Every country varies.
Additional policies and FAQs
I make all items by hand in my home which is smoke and pet free.

At this time, I am not accepting any custom orders. Please check back as this may change in the future.