Handmade Purses, Bags, and Accessories

Cary, North Carolina

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Note from shop owner My creative energy has been shifting in recent months and I’m taking time to discern the new direction. Earthcare is increasingly important to me and I’m focusing on ways to ensure that the items I make have no negative impact.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 1, 2021

My creative energy has been shifting in recent months and I’m taking time to discern the new direction. Earthcare is increasingly important to me and I’m focusing on ways to ensure that the items I make have no negative impact.


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About Nittywitter

Sales 79
On Etsy since 2012

Practical and Pretty

I was inspired to make my first crossbody bag as I watched my mom lose her balance while trying to juggle her handbag and a cane. I decided to fashion a bag that would meet all her needs; the bag would have a secure compartment for her wallet and keys, an open pocket for handy access to lipstick and tissues, and she would be able to hold it close and still have both hands free. And I wanted to make it with materials I already owned. So with bits of upholstery fabric, repurposed pillows and zippers, I made my first crossbody bag. After making purses for my mom, daughter, sisters and nieces, I opened Nittywitter. Thus began my journey on Etsy!

I love the design challenges involved in making purses and have discovered that people have very specific likes and dislikes in the bags they carry. Some swear by streamline and compact styles, while others love wide open totes. That’s why I enjoy making several styles and offering made-to-order options.

I use repurposed materials whenever possible. I find great, reusable purse hardware on commercially produced bags that have been discarded. Beyond the ecological benefits, repurposing give people the chance to take materials from a treasured item that is no longer used and have them transformed into functional new items. For example, last year I repurposed a grocery tote from pillows of batik fabric that my stepdaughter brought back from study abroad in Ghana. She cherished the fabric, but no longer had a use for the pillows. Now she gets to rekindle precious memories every time she buys groceries.

My Etsy shop provides a wonderful opportunity to hone existing skills, learn new techniques and be part of a creative community in a way that promotes the values I care about.

Shop members

  • Nancy

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    After years as a college admission counselor, I have the time to unleash my creative energy in my home studio. My years at Guilford College, steeped in Quaker heritage, fostered a deep appreciation of the grace and beauty in simple design.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 4, 2015
Welcome! All of the bags and knitted items in my shop are handmade by me in my smoke-free home. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions if they are not addressed below.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I hope you are satisfied with your purchase, but if you are not, please contact me. Items may be returned for refund of the item price. Shipping costs are not refundable. The item must be returned within 14 days of receipt in new unused condition and accompanied with your invoice and a note explaining reason for return.

PLEASE NOTE: All pieces are created by hand, so no two items are identical. Please allow for slight variances from what is shown.
I accept payment through PayPal as well as Visa and MasterCard through Etsy.
SHIPPING LEAD TIME: My items are handmade and most are ready for shipment. For those items that are not ready-made, shipping lead time is noted in the item description. If shipping lead time is not explicitly noted, then your order will ship within 3 business days after cleared payment.

SHIPPING METHOD: I ship to the address you provide via PayPal. Please be sure your Etsy and PayPal addresses match.
On DOMESTIC orders, items ship via First Class Mail. I do like to reuse like-new boxes when possible but let me know if you prefer a brand new box. Let me know at the time of purchase if you want to buy additional insurance or use Priority Shipping (2-3 days).

INTERNATIONAL orders ship via USPS First Class International Airmail. All duties, customs, taxes, and any and all other costs associated with receiving shipment are customer's responsibility. International customers PLEASE contact me for quotes if I haven't added your country.

SHIPPING INSURANCE: For DOMESTIC orders, insurance is optional.

GIFTS: If you would like to include a gift receipt and message, please let me know in the "notes" section. Your item will be wrapped in nice tissue paper and tied with coordinating baker's string or ribbon.
Additional policies and FAQs
I’m happy to make custom orders. Please contact me with your ideas and I will provide a quote. Custom orders will ship within 2 weeks of purchase depending upon current volume.

Options for your custom order include:
-Detachable straps
-Decorative, handcrafted zipper pulls or buttons
-Coordinating or matching coin purses or pouches
-Additional fabric options
-My favorite – I can repurpose one of your treasured items and give it new life as a functional and beautiful purse! I’ve done this with fabrics students brought back from international studies, neckties from special occasions, and other heirlooms.

How to CARE for your Bag
Please dry clean or spot clean your bags. Most of the outer fabrics I use are upholstery fabric and can withstand heavy use and spot cleaning.