Tuesday, 29 July 2008


NEWS ALERT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Make Lounge (http://www.themakelounge.com) is looking for an
enthusiastic, London-based designer-maker to plan and teach handbag
workshops in our North London venue.

Specifically, we’re seeking someone to teach bags that can be
completed by experienced sewers in a single three to four hour
session. (Perhaps fabric shoulder bags or metal-framed evening

Our dream instructor will be comfortable working with groups of 8-10
people using sewing machines (we have 12 machines plus 3 overlockers),
can envision and plan workshops, and can assist with sourcing
materials. An outgoing and friendly personality is essential.

To apply: Please email teach AT themakelounge DOT com with relevant
experience, work samples (web link or three jpgs), and a covering
letter. We’d love to hear from you by August 15.

Laura Fallulah

Laura is a past textiles student which is evident through her use of creative fabric techniques. She creates fun bags with cute appliques of kitsch floral designs, using a lot of pink tones, sometimes contrasted with a black striped background.
Laura's designs are available to buy at

Monday, 28 July 2008

Sallyent / Tinkering Textiles

Sally is a very busy lady and spends so much of her time promoting and creating things like the Manchester Craft Mafia and UK DIY and much more, that she really needs a very big shout out and a big thank you for all of her hard work. And just as important she also makes bags! She creates funky designs in vintage, japanese and geometric fabrics, that are very eye catching and well made. She also makes a range of fantastic dachshund dogs and lovely specs cases that would make really nice gifts. You can see her work @

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Abi Bansal Design

The thing I really like about Abi's bags, is that they look really Big! and that means that you can fit lots of things in them. They also seem to reflect her fun and cool personality that comes across in her blog
The talented girl also makes an amazing range of clothing, which can also be seen at

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Sarah Longworth

Keep your eyes peeled throughout August, as Sarah Longworth will be launching a brand new website, showcasing her collection of lovely bags. To keep updated with the going's on in Sarah's world check out her blog at
Her current site boasts a wealth of leather and fabric bags, in floral and vintage styles, that have a slight bohemian look about them and are perfect for the summer.

Thursday, 17 July 2008


Urbanknit uses striking African prints and batiks mixed with contrasting fabrics to make up one off totes, clutches and zipper pouches. Each handmade piece seems to have its own personality and uniqueness. The label is constantly evolving, as new shapes,patterns and designs are being added continuously.

Urbanknits bags are available at www.urbanknit.etsy.com


Suzanne is a printed textile designer. Working from her studio at her home in rural Shetland she designs the characteristic bold graphic prints her business PhatSheep is now famous for. These designs are printed onto cottons and linens and sewn into an ever increasing range of accessories both for the individual and for the home.

There is a strong link to Suzanne’s Shetland heritage and surrounding environment throughout her designs, croft houses, Fair Isle jumpers and seabirds all feature in her unique textiles. Her aim is to make fun prints into functional products and hopefully to make people smile a little when using them.

More info at:



Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Little Black Duck

Little Black Duck produces a high quality range of accessories and gifts, which includes leather purses, card holders, and wash bags (one of which featured on this current season of Big Brother!). Victoria, the designer behind the label studied at London College of Fashion, has a wealth of knowledge of working with leather, and hand makes all of her work. Her work is designed in a classic simple fashion creating a luxurious lifestyle product.
Visit Little Black Duck's website to see more of her work

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Hen House Homemade

This label is so sweet, and offers a huge variety of bags and clutches in fabulous colors and styles, which have added features such as vintage buttons, laces and trims to give them a nice twist. A lot of the style are one offs, you can find the bags for sale at


Monday, 14 July 2008

Pouch Designs

This exciting label uses a range of vintage fabrics mixed with recycled material, producing unique looks that are kind to the environment.

Nicola, the face behind Pouch has kindly written a piece on her great Label.

"At Pouch we make unique accessories and homewares from vintage and recycled material. Our range includes not only bags, but belts, peg bags and bag dispensers too. Due to the fact we use vintage fabric, many of our items are one-offs and the vast majority are limited edition. Our products are robust, practical and very stylish. Individually hand crafted and skillfully sewn to a high standard, you can be assured our handmade products have not been mass produced and nobody was exploited in making them. Our ethos is to promote low impact, environmentally friendly, local production."

You can find Pouch at



Alice at Raspberryfairy creates a fantastic range of linen tote bags with amazing applique textile designs upon them. Floral designs, houses, washing lines in pretty colors adorn the front of the bags making them look like a piece of art work as well as a bag. Her work is available to buy on www.raspberryfairy.etsy.com or read up about what she's currently upto on her blog at www.raspberry.co.uk

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Notes . . .

About notes...
notes… embodies a handmade DIY ethic. Based by the seaside in Hove, the aim of notes… is to create practical and durable bags, accessories and home furnishings, and to provide an alternative to high-street, mass-made products.

Made with care and attention to detail, notes… designs are simple and unique. With bundles of buttons and colourful fabrics, all notes… items are machine stitched, but also include a hand-sewn element.