Craftyscientists

Geeky and Unique Custom Bags/Shirts that are washable

California, United States · 645 Sales

Craftyscientists

Geeky and Unique Custom Bags/Shirts that are washable

California, United States 645 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(297)

Announcement   Back to school special - free upgrade to priority shipping for all ready made backpacks/cross body bags shipped to US (discount for international orders). No coupon needed. It's been a crazy summer for me and in case it was for you...every minute counts. This offer is good though the end of this month. After that the processing times may increase and I will have a 24 hour email return promise because I will be back in the classroom full time (I actually start this week).

Welcome! I know ETSY has grown and there are lots of items available from lots of shops (I know, I buy them too). What makes this shop different from the zillions of others on ETSY is:

- Most of our items are one of a kind/unique (OK, maybe weird).

- We try to make our stuff washable with the possibility of a long life by prewashing and triple stitching where possible (making it worth the little extra $)

- I credit shipping overages in excess of $0.50

- We have been around since mid 09 --that means we have not just cropped up to sell what’s hot for a little while and disappeared (or reappeared under a new name).

- we have repeat customers buying things for other people because they like their purchase (not because the item out) and we have reviews to back that up.

- we have been around enough to have a track record and resolve any issues (except the spelling :)).

- I/we sew the stuff (we don't have it sewn and printed by another company and claim that it is hand made by this shop - we sell our stuff on those shops and it's not "hand made", and they are not as well made (but cost less $ so I understand :)).

- We give the designer the credit - I know this gives others an idea where to find things (like the reference section on Wikipedia), but I really feel that they deserve it (even if it costs me sales).

- We enjoy custom orders if you have the time and patience for all the questions. I can make just about any kind of bag (messenger, backpack, tote, purse) and have photo examples. Please email with questions!

- I keep improving on designs. I make them, and try to wear them out (I try new designs on family members first). Example - starting 2015 all my new regular cotton backpacks have nylon lined tops because that seemed to be the first place the bags would wear out due to abrasion. I charge $2 more for the new ones and they should get another year out of them with normal wear and tear. Now the whole bag wears fairly uniformly.

Please look through sold orders if you think you saw something on my shop and it has disappeared (or email me and ask). FYI - shipping times will change back to normal after spring break and the NSTA,
______________________________________________________________________
Made to orders will "disappear" from my site from time to time but I usually have the fabric. I am a full time science teacher so I stock up when I get a chance and my "shelves" empty when I am busy. SO if you are looking for science/teacher, plants/animals, general geekery, star wars, star trek, whovian, crafter, pokemon, walking dead, MTG, etc, I should have it (if I sold it in the first place)...ask. Generally I sew stuff up during work breaks but this year I will be busy will a science teacher fellowship for about 3 weeks (good for my head and profession, bad for sewing).

Frequent special requests:
- I would love a canvas bottom tote - not a problem
- can I get a front/inside pocket padded/water resistant for electronics - not a problem
- products with different sizes - easy
- speciality prints - you send graphics and I make it - just takes a little time for the fabric to be printed.
- off the menu items - ruck sacks, computer cases, lunch bags, more - just ask.

I also have lots of custom designs on my Spoonflower shop especially with physics, chemistry and biology as a backdrop. I have a huge library of vintage science graphics - just not enough time (something about work and family). Feel free to contact me with a custom order.

Bags
My biggest question - Why such a cost difference between bags?
- Many of my fabrics are custom print (I find a print/designer/design it myself, pick put a fabric, test the swatch for color/fading when washed, and order it). Fabrics can cost as high as $38/yard for the outside alone (before taxes and shipping).
- Bags that are lined ripstop can be more expensive then other linings. (even my cotton ripstop)
- Did I find it on sale or off the shelf? - if I did, I pass the savings along.
- lots of other variables like hardware (zippers, hasps, etc.).
- almost everything is pre-washed/shrunk so the entire bag will be washable
- some of the patterns have to be lined up so they are centered - requires more material.
- materials may be custom dyed (including the nylon ripstop) to match a pattern
- Zipper pulls are created for the recipient and not missing :)
- Totes - most of my larger totes are soft sided (no interfacing or padding, they wash better)- please special request if you want one interfaced and/or padded. The smaller hipsters or tablet bags are padded.

Important Notice/Copyright: Besides the usual designer information I include, I have started to add source documentation to avoid legal questions on copyright. It will take a while to add everything. Original art and other ownership information should be noted. It does take the spot for 1 of the 5 photos. If you have a question, feel free to e-mail me. If the artwork is not original I credit the artist and the rights have been purchased (public domain released) or granted by asking the designer/artist. If the fabric is commercially produced, I try to include the manufactuer/artist. I do my best to stay to respect the works of others as well as appreciate them.

"Made to order"
indicates that I sold the made one and have the materials to make another, it's just not made yet. I look at the "Favorite" list from followers and replenish those as well as work on my stash. In my stash, I tend to have things that deal with nature, sci-fi/gamer/super heros, technology, vintage, as well as right out life science (I teach that). I have tons of Cat stuff - you won't find much of it up on the site because I am usually making for family and friends :)

Grocery totes:
Materials have been tested to make sure you can wash them and hold up. Wash them often! It has been shown that the reusable grocery are potential breeding grounds for things that cause food borne illnesses (as pointed out by our household microbiologist).
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/06/reusable-shopping-bags-and-food-safety/

Many of my items fit walkers. I tend to cater to kids/adults with special needs. If you see something you like and it needs to fit a devise or have a special closure - please send me an e-mail. I have made things for wheel chairs also - not listed.

SHIRTS
Please browse my collection of shirts. I am trying to phase myself out of printing all my school robotics and science competition shirts so I will give my shirt selling about another year before the shirts disappear from my site. Since I am a secondary science teacher, most of the shirts have that spin about them. My daughter is the "Artist" and tends to help me tone down the geekiness (sometimes). We hope you like what you see. Please feel.

Graphics are hand drawn or are copy write free/purchased graphics that may be in original form or modified. Original graphics are licensed through creative commons.

All shirts are pre-washed before applying ink (helps with print stability). We screen print using Eco-friendly ink. The Ink is heat set and is stable for machine wash (cold recommended) and dry. I test all inks and dyes prior to posting on site. Foils are the only finish where machine drying is not recommended.

If dyes are used, they are Dharma Fiber reactive, Rit, Dylon (depending on the color/fabric) and have been washed after dying to remove any excess. The colors tend to remain stable with cold washes (like commercial dyes). Most of the dyed shirts are dyed in a manner to make an inconsistent pattern to give the shirt more character, depth, and a rustic look. If you prefer a store bought dyed shirt - please ask.

CUSTOM FABRIC
If you are interested is ordering some of our custom fabrics (designed by us), please send an e-mail.

Facebook/Twitter/Social Media - I am a teacher, so I generally stay low on unless its school related (and I am still careful). If I put my stuff up with my name on it for my crafting life, it may become a jumbled mess and, historically, that does not go well for the teacher side of things. That's why the lack of photos and names - I really like being a middle school science teacher. The crazy kids inspire me in so many ways (like my own kids).

Sorry for typos, tense changes and other stuff in the above paragraphs. I wish I could sing and spell. I read what I write and laugh ;)

Other shops/sites: Spoonflower, Cafepress, society6 and
craftyscientists.com.

Items disappear suddenly - I donate a lot of my stuff to school(s). Revenues from my site are used to buy science related materials and supplies for my class/school but I am a hobbies and not a non profit.

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 22, 2016

Back to school special - free upgrade to priority shipping for all ready made backpacks/cross body bags shipped to US (discount for international orders). No coupon needed. It's been a crazy summer for me and in case it was for you...every minute counts. This offer is good though the end of this month. After that the processing times may increase and I will have a 24 hour email return promise because I will be back in the classroom full time (I actually start this week).

Welcome! I know ETSY has grown and there are lots of items available from lots of shops (I know, I buy them too). What makes this shop different from the zillions of others on ETSY is:

- Most of our items are one of a kind/unique (OK, maybe weird).

- We try to make our stuff washable with the possibility of a long life by prewashing and triple stitching where possible (making it worth the little extra $)

- I credit shipping overages in excess of $0.50

- We have been around since mid 09 --that means we have not just cropped up to sell what’s hot for a little while and disappeared (or reappeared under a new name).

- we have repeat customers buying things for other people because they like their purchase (not because the item out) and we have reviews to back that up.

- we have been around enough to have a track record and resolve any issues (except the spelling :)).

- I/we sew the stuff (we don't have it sewn and printed by another company and claim that it is hand made by this shop - we sell our stuff on those shops and it's not "hand made", and they are not as well made (but cost less $ so I understand :)).

- We give the designer the credit - I know this gives others an idea where to find things (like the reference section on Wikipedia), but I really feel that they deserve it (even if it costs me sales).

- We enjoy custom orders if you have the time and patience for all the questions. I can make just about any kind of bag (messenger, backpack, tote, purse) and have photo examples. Please email with questions!

- I keep improving on designs. I make them, and try to wear them out (I try new designs on family members first). Example - starting 2015 all my new regular cotton backpacks have nylon lined tops because that seemed to be the first place the bags would wear out due to abrasion. I charge $2 more for the new ones and they should get another year out of them with normal wear and tear. Now the whole bag wears fairly uniformly.

Please look through sold orders if you think you saw something on my shop and it has disappeared (or email me and ask). FYI - shipping times will change back to normal after spring break and the NSTA,
______________________________________________________________________
Made to orders will "disappear" from my site from time to time but I usually have the fabric. I am a full time science teacher so I stock up when I get a chance and my "shelves" empty when I am busy. SO if you are looking for science/teacher, plants/animals, general geekery, star wars, star trek, whovian, crafter, pokemon, walking dead, MTG, etc, I should have it (if I sold it in the first place)...ask. Generally I sew stuff up during work breaks but this year I will be busy will a science teacher fellowship for about 3 weeks (good for my head and profession, bad for sewing).

Frequent special requests:
- I would love a canvas bottom tote - not a problem
- can I get a front/inside pocket padded/water resistant for electronics - not a problem
- products with different sizes - easy
- speciality prints - you send graphics and I make it - just takes a little time for the fabric to be printed.
- off the menu items - ruck sacks, computer cases, lunch bags, more - just ask.

I also have lots of custom designs on my Spoonflower shop especially with physics, chemistry and biology as a backdrop. I have a huge library of vintage science graphics - just not enough time (something about work and family). Feel free to contact me with a custom order.

Bags
My biggest question - Why such a cost difference between bags?
- Many of my fabrics are custom print (I find a print/designer/design it myself, pick put a fabric, test the swatch for color/fading when washed, and order it). Fabrics can cost as high as $38/yard for the outside alone (before taxes and shipping).
- Bags that are lined ripstop can be more expensive then other linings. (even my cotton ripstop)
- Did I find it on sale or off the shelf? - if I did, I pass the savings along.
- lots of other variables like hardware (zippers, hasps, etc.).
- almost everything is pre-washed/shrunk so the entire bag will be washable
- some of the patterns have to be lined up so they are centered - requires more material.
- materials may be custom dyed (including the nylon ripstop) to match a pattern
- Zipper pulls are created for the recipient and not missing :)
- Totes - most of my larger totes are soft sided (no interfacing or padding, they wash better)- please special request if you want one interfaced and/or padded. The smaller hipsters or tablet bags are padded.

Important Notice/Copyright: Besides the usual designer information I include, I have started to add source documentation to avoid legal questions on copyright. It will take a while to add everything. Original art and other ownership information should be noted. It does take the spot for 1 of the 5 photos. If you have a question, feel free to e-mail me. If the artwork is not original I credit the artist and the rights have been purchased (public domain released) or granted by asking the designer/artist. If the fabric is commercially produced, I try to include the manufactuer/artist. I do my best to stay to respect the works of others as well as appreciate them.

"Made to order"
indicates that I sold the made one and have the materials to make another, it's just not made yet. I look at the "Favorite" list from followers and replenish those as well as work on my stash. In my stash, I tend to have things that deal with nature, sci-fi/gamer/super heros, technology, vintage, as well as right out life science (I teach that). I have tons of Cat stuff - you won't find much of it up on the site because I am usually making for family and friends :)

Grocery totes:
Materials have been tested to make sure you can wash them and hold up. Wash them often! It has been shown that the reusable grocery are potential breeding grounds for things that cause food borne illnesses (as pointed out by our household microbiologist).
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/06/reusable-shopping-bags-and-food-safety/

Many of my items fit walkers. I tend to cater to kids/adults with special needs. If you see something you like and it needs to fit a devise or have a special closure - please send me an e-mail. I have made things for wheel chairs also - not listed.

SHIRTS
Please browse my collection of shirts. I am trying to phase myself out of printing all my school robotics and science competition shirts so I will give my shirt selling about another year before the shirts disappear from my site. Since I am a secondary science teacher, most of the shirts have that spin about them. My daughter is the "Artist" and tends to help me tone down the geekiness (sometimes). We hope you like what you see. Please feel.

Graphics are hand drawn or are copy write free/purchased graphics that may be in original form or modified. Original graphics are licensed through creative commons.

All shirts are pre-washed before applying ink (helps with print stability). We screen print using Eco-friendly ink. The Ink is heat set and is stable for machine wash (cold recommended) and dry. I test all inks and dyes prior to posting on site. Foils are the only finish where machine drying is not recommended.

If dyes are used, they are Dharma Fiber reactive, Rit, Dylon (depending on the color/fabric) and have been washed after dying to remove any excess. The colors tend to remain stable with cold washes (like commercial dyes). Most of the dyed shirts are dyed in a manner to make an inconsistent pattern to give the shirt more character, depth, and a rustic look. If you prefer a store bought dyed shirt - please ask.

CUSTOM FABRIC
If you are interested is ordering some of our custom fabrics (designed by us), please send an e-mail.

Facebook/Twitter/Social Media - I am a teacher, so I generally stay low on unless its school related (and I am still careful). If I put my stuff up with my name on it for my crafting life, it may become a jumbled mess and, historically, that does not go well for the teacher side of things. That's why the lack of photos and names - I really like being a middle school science teacher. The crazy kids inspire me in so many ways (like my own kids).

Sorry for typos, tense changes and other stuff in the above paragraphs. I wish I could sing and spell. I read what I write and laugh ;)

Other shops/sites: Spoonflower, Cafepress, society6 and
craftyscientists.com.

Items disappear suddenly - I donate a lot of my stuff to school(s). Revenues from my site are used to buy science related materials and supplies for my class/school but I am a hobbies and not a non profit.

craftyscientists

Contact shop owner

craftyscientists

New - Star Wars Stormtroopers: Backpack/tote
US$32.00
Star Wars Green Prints: Backpack/tote
US$30.00
View all 239 items

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(297)
FieryNature

FieryNature on Aug 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful transaction all the way around. Tracy really goes above and beyond to make sure she has all the information needed to create exactly what you want. The quality of this bag and the attention to detail are spectacular. Very fast turnaround on a custom order and shipping was lightning fast. Might possibly be my favorite Etsy purchase ever. Already working on my next order. My highest recommendation! You won’t be disappointed!

towersofbooks

towersofbooks on Aug 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The bag is cute, well made, and shipped quickly even though it's a custom order. The seller even included some zipper pull charms that go with the Poe theme, which is a nice touch. She was very communicative through the whole process and made sure I was happy with the bag before she shipped it. I will definitely be buying from this shop again.

sarshop

sarshop on Aug 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This bag is gorgeous. The bag is so well made. I loved the extra present that I slipped in and the woman who made the bag was so responsive and lovely to interact with.

View all 297 reviews

Updates

Vanilla cream ripstop makes a perfect interior for this tote. Dyed it today :)

Tagged in this photo

Custom Kokka Math Kitty Tote
US$35.00
Experimenting with colors

Tagged in this photo

Female Skeletal Alignment
US$20.00
New geeky purses :)

Tagged in this photo

View all 4 updates

About

Headline? This is very scary for introverts!

This shop was the idea of my daughter (Maddy). I would have never done this on my own in a million years. She is my muse. From there, I adapted it to a science elective class (screen printing, tye dying, etc all have lots of science) and the rest is history.

I grew up sewing my own cloths and other things - had not idea it would ever resurface :). I don't sell cloths because I am swamped with ....working :)

The shop helps fund my science class stuff and I end up printing t-shirts for all kids of school activities.

My daughter is at the end of her degree program in animation and is starting to post more things. My son is coming on line with duck tape wallets an pencil bags (apparently everyone needs them - I hope grandma sees this:)).

Tweet
Shop members
  • Tracy T

    Owner, Sewer, Crazy Ideas Seem Good Person

    Teacher by day, parent, spouse and maker of stuff by night.

  • Maddy W

    Designer

    Daughter, Degree Animation/Fine Arts

Shop policies

Last updated on April 10, 2016
Welcome to Craftyscientists. New things go up all the time during the summer. Most backpacks can also me sewn as a tote (with or without a zippered top) as a special request.

Special requests are welcome!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment is made at time of sale because of the way the ETSY system works for Paypal and Credit Cards. If you need additional colors or sizes, we can agree upon that prior to billing.
Shipping
I have had very few issues with shipping, but they are bound to happen (statistically speaking). Most items (13 oz or smaller) ship first class mail and larger items Parcel (slower). USPS tracking is usually very good with the acceptation of the tracking showing up on the day the package arrives (3 times in 7 years).

There is an upgrade option for a signature card if you would like delivery verification with a person. I know some mail boxes are more secure then others. If a person is not there to sign for it, the package generally goes back to the Post Office and you will need to pick it up there. It is the buyers responsibility to provide a safe address.

There are upgrade options for upgrades to priority (insured in the US, not in other Countries) and express (insured).

Insurance can be added - if you are interested, please ask.

I try to package the items as green as possible with recycled or recyclable materials whoever possible.

Customs can slow down the shipping and may involve additional fees. I have shipped to most of the larger counties and many of the smaller counties with very few issues. Most Custom information is online, please check if you have any questions.
Refunds and Exchanges
Return policy is flexible. Please contact me ASAP with any concerns.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have a special request...ask. The worst thing I can say is "Sorry, I can't do that."