I always visit my customer's shops, and I was quite taken with her messenger bags.
Here is the one I bought displayed on Miss Lizzie.
And here is the Amazing Amanda working in her studio.
I was thrilled when she gave me permission to feature her.
Amanda says, "I just finished a bag that is headed to Queensland, Australia. A woman bought it as a gift for her sister who is moving away.
I started making these bags when I noticed that feed sacks were just hitting the dumpster at work. Since I started making messenger bags, I have operatives all over the store who save birdseed, bean and rice sacks. The thrift stores in Michigan have been very fruitful. Evidently, I am the only person in town who hoards polyester knit and tacky ties from the 50s through the 70s.
"Here are a couple photos from the inside of my spare bedroom a.k.a. my 'studio'.
The shelf where I store all my fabric.
"The selection of ties I keep on hand. (It's always growing.)
Above is me at the machine making a new bag.
"A local gallery contacted me earlier. They think that I can sell a few bags from their location in the oldest section of Lansing, called Old Town. I have to appear before a panel and show them my wares. I hope that when they see them in person, I'll get a spot in the gallery. I've never made something that other people like before, so this is really exciting! "
Thank you, Amanda, for allowing me to feature you and good luck with the gallery!
Now time to show off my Domino Sugar bag.
Genuine Domino sugar bag along with different polyester fabrics and a tie.
They have to be tough to keep up at the flea market.
And super cute and cool!
Amanda leaves the label of the vintage tie showing.
The handle is backed with green corduroy and beautifully stitched.
I am quite sure I had dresses of both these seventies plaids!
The gusset is denim with her Polyester & Trash label.
I turned the bag inside out so you could see how well-constructed the bag is.
I am loving that generous pocket!
Recycled, repurposed, and refreshed.
Amanda's messenger bags are simply amazing.
Here are a few pics of bags currently in her shop.
Amanda's bags are all one of a kind. Please go over to browse through her shop Polyester And Trash and make it a favorite.
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