barmadebags

Unique and sustainable fabric bags by Barbara Rose

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Announcement    It is my hope that everyone thinks about the environment when making choices about the items to buy. Nearly all my bags are made using as much reclaimed fabric as possible while ensuring a high quality of workmanship. Moreover, when buying from my shop you can be certain of getting something that is not replicated elsewhere. OOAK bags that are eco-friendly: what's not to like?
In case you're concerned that I don't have Star Seller status, I'd like to reassure you that I will always respond promptly to your messages, send your orders out quickly (although not necessarily with tracking) and, as you'll see from my reviews, provide you with well-made items. The reason I don't have this status is because I don't sell enough to qualify for it, preferring to concentrate on the quality of the items that I make rather than the quantity.
Enjoy browsing and hopefully finding just what you'd like to purchase!

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Last updated on 22 May, 2022

It is my hope that everyone thinks about the environment when making choices about the items to buy. Nearly all my bags are made using as much reclaimed fabric as possible while ensuring a high quality of workmanship. Moreover, when buying from my shop you can be certain of getting something that is not replicated elsewhere. OOAK bags that are eco-friendly: what's not to like?
In case you're concerned that I don't have Star Seller status, I'd like to reassure you that I will always respond promptly to your messages, send your orders out quickly (although not necessarily with tracking) and, as you'll see from my reviews, provide you with well-made items. The reason I don't have this status is because I don't sell enough to qualify for it, preferring to concentrate on the quality of the items that I make rather than the quantity.
Enjoy browsing and hopefully finding just what you'd like to purchase!

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Barbara Rose

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Barbara Rose

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About barmadebags

Sales 140
On Etsy since 2015
Video summary: Here are the steps involved in me making a bespoke bag. Take a look and consider having a bag made specially for you!

Making new things from old, with an eye on nature and the environment!

Whether you like to have a different bag for each outfit, just change your bag with the season or use your handbag until it wears out, we all need to make choices about the impact our possessions have on the environment.

Here at BarMade Bags, I am committed to being as sustainable as possible and I aim to use mostly upcycled fabric for my bags. This is largely sourced from local charity shops, so that the charities benefit as well. Out- of- fashion coats, jackets, trousers and skirts, or curtains with a faded edge or a slight stain, will be bought by me and re-fashioned into bags, avoiding any blemishes and providing inspiration for mixing up different fabrics. And with there being no animal products used in the bags, they are perfect for vegans as well!

I do each process of making a bag myself, from making the pattern for the bag (on repurposed paper), designing the appliqued motif (or selecting an image from printed offcuts of fabric), choosing suitable materials and carefully sewing it all together.

Whenever I get towards the end of making one bag, I’ve already got ideas bubbling up for the next one. This spurs me on with my sewing and it also means that I like each bag to be different, providing you with a unique item.

I particularly welcome custom orders. If one of my bags takes your fancy but isn't quite what you want, get in touch and we can work together on creating the design that meets your wishes. Take a look at my video slideshow to see the steps involved in the process.

When I'm not sewing, I enjoy sketching and painting, walking in the lovely countryside around my home, and tending to my garden - the inspiration behind my logo and floral designs.

Shop members

  • Barbara Rose

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I have always enjoyed sewing and I've developed a passion for making bags and other bag-related items. I love the creative process, especially if I am able to make use of upcycled materials, and individualise each bag.

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Last updated on 18 May, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

Some of my items have different options available and the cost is as quoted. However, if you wish to mix and match features from different listings the price will vary and I will inform you as to the cost before your order is finalised. Please note that significant changes to a bag design, the fabric used and the detail of any applique will incur considerably greater costs, mainly due to the extra time required in making the bag to your exact specifications.
I am happy to work with you to come to an agreement about exactly what you require before you commit to placing the order and I start making your bespoke bag. My aim is to provide you with a friendly and helpful service!

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you would like to have your bag gift-wrapped either for yourself or for your purchase to be sent directly as a gift for someone else, this is an option that is available to you. A hand-written message of your choosing on a gift tag would be included - just let me know the details! This can be particularly useful for overseas customers wishing to purchase a gift for a friend or relation here in UK.
Generally, I keep my packaging to the minimum required for the safe transportation of your purchase. Moreover, most of it is recyclable or re-usable in order to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Use of up-cycled fabrics

I use as much up-cycled fabric as possible when making the bags although I aim to not make the previous use of the fabric apparent in the appearance of the bags. The bag descriptions indicate which sections have been made from previously used materials. I am careful to avoid any blemishes or worn patches. If there is any fading or mark on a bag due to the previous use of the fabric, I will make this clear in the description. Please note that it is due to the use of repurposed fabrics that I can offer my bags at these prices.

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