one of a kind bag inspired by fantastic fabric

Tacoma, Washington · 61 Sales


one of a kind bag inspired by fantastic fabric

Tacoma, Washington 61 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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I taught myself to sew over a period of about 15 years (still teaching myself today). My first projects were "ball gowns" for my doll Ashley, and they were terrible. I still have them.

After two years of running here, birdie birdie as a shop, I decided that one-offs for swap or custom orders were the best use of my time and the best value for me and you.

Today I enjoy making exactly the right item for each person. My bags and cases have literally ended up scattered over the world, and I can't even say how psyched that makes me. Each one went out to someone I worked with, and felt like a gift to them.

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  • Kristin

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    My name is Kristin. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and when I'm not going to school I build, bake, paint, glue, sew and generally indulge the impulse to make things. I have two children, a husband, five cats and a big black Lab named Zoe.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 7, 2011
Welcome to here, birdie birdie!

I specialize in custom bags, cases and carriers to hold the stuff you love, created from upcycled, rescued and new fabric.

These fabrics by their nature are often available to me in limited amounts, with the result that no two items I make are ever exactly the same. For the same reason, I don't keep a catalog of available fabrics. If there's something in particular you're looking for, contact me, and we'll work together to find something you love.

I've been sewing for over 15 years and each item is sewn with attention not only to aesthetics but also functionality and durability. All seams are finished, all stress points are reinforced and all hardware is the most durable I can use.

From time to time I offer other vintage items that catch my eye. These items are not made by me and are in vintage, used conditions. I make every effort to describe them completely including any imperfections or damages.

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
If an item has defective construction (that I'm responsible for; not applicable for vintage items, which I will describe if flawed) or if I've made a mistake describing it, I want to make it right. I will be happy to issue a full refund, minus shipping costs.
I accept PayPal, money orders and cashier's checks.

Unless arrangements are made otherwise, payment is required within 3 days of purchase. Unpaid items will be relisted after 3 days.

The "Other" payment option is reserved for bartering. I like to trade! Feel free to make an offer, but don't take it personally if I don't need what you're offering. (You can check out my Favorites for a good idea of what I have my eye on.)
To conserve gas (and because I'm a one-woman operation) I ship once a week, on Fridays. If you need something in a desperate hurry, let me know and I'll see what I can do to help you out.

I don't like to pay high shipping prices and I assume you don't either, so I ship US first class or parcel post whenever possible. If you're in a hurry, I can ship Priority or even overnight; let me know at the time of purchase and I'll be happy to send you an invoice for the additional shipping cost. I do not insure packages or add delivery confirmation unless specifically requested at the time of purchase.

Books weighing over 1lb will ship media mail unless otherwise requested.

Unless you ask for insurance or delivery confirmation, the responsibility for your package leaves my hands when it does -- I promise to do everything I can to ensure its safety before I wave goodbye to it.

I ship as often as possible in recycled materials. The safety of my items in transit is important to me -- after all, I created them. I only use recycled materials that retain their integrity. I ship soft items like clothing, totes, and vial cases (with extra protection for glass closures) in bubble mailers. If for any reason this is unacceptable to you, be sure to request box packaging when you checkout -- it may require a slight extra shipping cost.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: yes, I do! I provide a loose estimate of the shipping cost for each item listing, but sometimes it's very loose. Convo me with your location and I will provide you with the shipping option to your country.
Additional policies and FAQs

The tags and business cards I'm using right now are cut from a salvaged, vintage copy of "Hope For The Flowers" (Trina Paulus, Paulist Press 1972). So yours might feature Stripe, Yellow, one of their caterpillar or butterfly friends, the Caterpillar Pillar, or simply Ms. Paulus' great graphics depicting trees, leaves, grass, earth, flowers and sunshine. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Unless otherwise noted, COTTON, COTTON_POLY or PERCALE, and LINEN items are best machine washed in cold water, line dried and pressed with a steamy iron on the wrong side if desired.

CORDUROY should not be pressed, rather shaken and smoothed to remove creases before line drying or tumbled briefly in the dryer.

SYNTHETIC FABRIC is best machine washed in warm water and tumble dried on low; press with a gently warm iron on the wrong side if desired.

SILK items are best handwashed in lukewarm water, line dried and pressed with a warm iron on the wrong side if desired.

WOOL items are best gently handwashed in lukewarm water, dried flat (do not wring) and pressed with a medium-hot iron on the wrong side.

PERFUME VIAL CASES and LIP BALM CASES should be handwashed no matter what their fiber content. The best way by far I have found to do this is to fill a pint jar most of the way with lukewarm soapy water, drop the case in the jar and put the lid on, and gently shake the jar for about a minute. Empty the soapy water, replace with clear water and shake for a minute. Repeat this rinse cycle, then put the case between two layers of towel to gently press out the excess water and air dry flat. You can press your case according to the instructions for the fabrics it's made of.

If in doubt about the care for any item, please ask me.