I learned about these lovely bags in Needlepoint Now & immediately wanted to find out more. I’ve had a lovely email conversation with Barb Garrana, the maker of these custom bags. I am really impressed with them and with her.
Throughout the article, the pictures you see are of her bags. You can contact her for more information or to order a bag at bgbagsbybarb.com.
Each bag is custom-made. Barb explains it this way: “Each bag is themed, using 4-6 different fabrics and a limited number of each fabric combination is made. This keeps in interesting for both the customer and myself. The themes reflect user’s areas of interests, e.g. travel, gardening, cowboys, cooking etc. I am constantly collecting new fabrics so if a customer has a theme in mind I am happy to try to accomodate them.”
The bags are 18″ tall x 15″ wide by 5″ deep (excluding handles). There are six pockets on the outside and six pockets on the inside of each bag and a magnetic snap closure. The bottom of the bag is reinforced. If desired the handles can be lengthened or shortened. Bags are $139 plus $9.95 shipping. A $60 deposit is required at the time of ordering.
She also has portfolios for carrying mounted canvases. 20″w x 18″ long (Large) and 18″ wide x 15″ long (Small). The prices are $75 and $65 respectively plus shipping of $16.95.THe shipping cost reflects the special packaging needed to protect them and their foamcore construction. Custom portfolios can be done and prices for these are given upon request.
“Tools of the Trade” bags for carrying scissors, rulers, stitching notebook etc. They are $20.00 plus $5.95 shipping.
It takes about 3 weeks from the time of ordering to get any product. The products can also be personalized with a monogram or name for $10.