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Deb on Feb 11, 20225 out of 5 stars
Very cute and love the quality. My granddaughters all want to pick one out for them.
sascha on Jan 13, 20225 out of 5 stars
super cute and the perfect size :))
Julia on Dec 25, 20215 out of 5 stars
All of my bags designed by Mary are special, but this one is the most special of all. 40+ years ago my mother gave me a little doll for Christmas. She now sits in my china cabinet. I asked Mary if she could create May (the name on her little smock) into embroidery. Once again her talents have come to life! I absolutely love my new bag!! ❤
dotsandcrafts on Dec 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
Super cute! Well made and exactly as pictured
dotsandcrafts on Dec 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
Prompt delivery and EXACTLY as described! Great quality and super cute!
Kelly on Dec 15, 20215 out of 5 stars
It was everything I hoped it would be! Super cute and will be a great Christmas gift for my mother in love! She is going to Disney soon and her phone/debit cards will fit perfect!
Piloto on Oct 30, 20215 out of 5 stars
Shipped faster than I was able to sit down! Item as described. Sturdy. But, I will handle with care. Thank you so much!
SHAUNA on Sep 7, 20214 out of 5 stars
Item is cute and very well made. Holds what I need it to for an easy everyday purse!
Gosia on Aug 28, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely gorgeous! It arrived so quickly and beautifully packaged. I love everything about this bag and will be traveling with it overseas in a few short weeks. Can't wait to show it to my family who lives there. Highly exceeded my expectations with the attention to details and the craftsmanship. A handwritten Thank You card was a lovely touch. I will be ordering more! Thank you so much♡
Julia on Aug 23, 20215 out of 5 stars
Another beautiful creation from Mary and my third special request (I also have a fruit bat and a cricket). I reached out, requesting an embroidered duck in honor of one of the mallards who comes to visit in my back yard. I sent Mary a picture and we had multiple conversations (via text), as she wanted to make sure that I got exactly what I wanted. I absolutely love my new bag and I've received sooo many compliments on all of my bags! Mary's creativity is amazing and I love that she does things that are different, seeing the beauty in anything and everything.
The Trouble Started Here...
Picture it...San Luis Obispo...1991...Mary Hubka and Charity LaSage meet by chance when their boyfriends plan for them all to go to the movies together. We saw Curly Sue, possibly one of the worst movies ever, Charity ordered a "pop" and I thought she was odd (Michigan...enough said). I wore knee high black boots (very dramatic) and Charity thought I was a cowgirl. I was going for goth biker, but like I said, she's from Michigan. Who knew that all these years later those guys would be long gone, but we would still be together?
We ended up running a quilt shop in Davis for years. We also saw each other through life's ups and downs (and not just jeans sizes...although we saw plenty of those). The earlier years saw lots of odd hours as we raised our families and tried to stay sane. I'm not sure we accomplished achieving sanity, but the kids did grow up as all seem to do. So many changes in over twenty years. One thing remained constant through all of them, though. Mary and Charity. Partners in crime, guaranteed alibis, and 100% troublemakers.
On one of our many crime sprees (business trips) I got it in my head that we should make ourselves some really cute makeup bags, funky and weird for me (typical) and old lady traditional for Charity (Have you forgotten she's from Michigan?) Never mind that neither of us had ever made a bag in our lives. Never mind that although we could quite possibly piece any quilt we wanted to, neither one of us had ever put in a zipper. Way too scary! So I set out to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it. Charity set out to watch me figure out exactly what I wanted to do and laugh at how I thought I was going to do it. Ah, friendship. One weekend and about sixteen bags later, I thought I'd liked what I'd made. Let me just say, that that was most expensive make up bag I've ever owned, and I will cherish it always (even though the seams are uneven and the zipper is off kilter and threads are hanging off it).
That was the end of the great makeup bag experiment. We didn't think much of it after that. Then, one day in the quilt shop, I showed it to someone and they said, "Hey, you should sell those!" Sell them? Are you nuts? Do you know how long this took me to create? Never going to happen. Until I decided it was, and convinced Charity to go all in with me. Best thing we've done in a while!
We decided, right from the start, that there was no way we were going to sell anything with our names on it that wasn't, in our opinions, perfect. We would use only 100% high quality quilting cotton. We would find a perfect stabilizer for our bags, even if it was a little more expensive. We would make every bag with a matching zipper and thread and every bag would have a beautiful lining that matched the outside of the bag. No muslin linings for us!
And, we needed a name...Hit The Sack...no...Bag Ladies...no...It's In The Bag...no...we needed something that really hit to the heart of who Charity and I are, a name that looks deep into our souls...Troublemakers...perfect!
So that's it. That's our story. We launched an Etsy page and website so customers could find us online easily. We also travel to craft fairs and quilt shows all over and have sold over 8000 bags so far! And, have no fear, no matter where we go from here, where we end up, we'll be causing all sorts of trouble along the way.
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Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders
We welcome custom orders. We can make bags in almost any theme you like. Just contact us.
All of our travel bags are machine washable. Although they can be dried in the dryer, they are so lightweight that we recommend line drying them. A hot steam iron will take the foam back to flat if it wrinkles.
Due to the delicate nature of hand-embroidery, we recommend spot cleaning only for or purses.
Can I order multiples of identical bags?
All of our bags are individually made and we can not guarantee that if you order two bags made from the same fabric they will look identical. Fabric placement will vary. Our bags are unique, just like we are. Who wants to be the same anyway?
If you are interested in ordering our bags for your business, please send us a message. We are happy to talk about options.