spring shop update

April 22nd, 2009

I have stocked my little shop in quite some time, but I’m trying to make it look presentable again. There are four new kiddy messenger bags in some pretty fantastic prints: Heather Ross (who I hear won’t be designing fabric for a while–damn!), Alexander Henry, and the Japanese line Kokka, most of them lined with vintage gingham.  I also made the little bear from that awesome Kokka forest print. His name is Julien and he is the first bear of mine stuffed with 100% wool. I need to look around a bit more for wool stuffing, because damn it’s expensive, but so much nicer to work with than sucky poly fil (anyone have a good wool hook up?).  I’m moving to use only natural materials for the stuff I sell. The bags are now lined with cotton twill, because interfacing is weird and god only knows what it’s made of. I switched to using  cotton thread a while ago, mostly because it just sews so much nicer than polyester thread. And now the stuffing is wool, but I do use foam for my diggers and tugboats and I just don’t know what natural material could give them that same structure.  Anyone have any ideas? I will always use vintage and thrifted fabric even though I’m sure most have some polyester in them, but their coolness factor makes up for that. right?

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11 Responses to spring shop update

  1. Kari says:

    Love the new bags!

  2. hay there! I just found your darling shop via Etsy front page feature!

    Fine job on that:)))))

    I adore what I see in your there and am sure I will treasure plenty of treats for my family… I find also that its a nice and courteous thing to say hello to those of use who share our lives through blogging and creating, and so ‘salutations from me’… and see you in the wind:)

  3. Fiona says:

    I’ve been thinking the same myself re using wool fill – I’ll be watching to see if anyone can send us in the right direction :)

    Well done restocking your shop – your stuff looks great!

  4. oona says:

    Good job! Beautiful work.
    I stumbled across your blog ages ago… I can’t believe how much you get done – I have just one toddler and I’m not getting anything finished anymore – no more naps.. sigh:(.
    I too struggle with the coolness:poly-cotton of vintage/found fabric. Thanks for calling it out!

  5. Can I just say that your patchwork digger is wonderful! It made my “relishing” list today.

  6. Rae says:

    Aw! I just love those little messenger bags! So adorable as usual!

    Regarding fill: I really can’t anything out there that would replace the foam that would give it that kind of shape…they look so sharp with those cut edges; you really couldn’t get that with bamboo fill or anything like that.

  7. Leslie says:

    Those are just lovely. I am adoring the fabric you chose!

  8. Carolyn says:

    I love your bags with the chunky handles. The car one is way cute!

  9. Perfect timing on the bags since my daughters 2nd birthday is coming up! I love the forest bag for collecting leaves and rocks, maybe even a few bugs, okay maybe not. But I know she’d love it.

  10. Lisa says:

    Love your bags! Great fabrics and combos!!!

  11. erin says:

    hey there, i came to you via angry chicken… i do have a great source for wool stuffing, but it’s in portland, oregon – pick-up only, no online. I am not sure where you are in the world, but email me if you live near by and want the contact.