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What’s in a Bag?

What's in a Bag?

What’s in a Bag?

What’s in a Bag?

You take your bag everywhere with you – to the store, drop kids off at school, out to dinner, shopping, etc. In that bag you carry your essentials to help you survive the short trip outside your home.

But… at the end of the day, it’s just a bag, right? What if I told you that your bag could hold so much more than materialistic necessities for your regular day-to-day?

When we carry our bags, we don’t ever really ponder the time, effort, work, or life of the person who made it. What if you had a bag that, every time you picked it up, you thought of all of that?

I am sure that if you are reading this, you have regrettably lost a loved one. That one person in your life that had so much influence on your upbringing and on the person you have become today. When you think of this person, you remember their voice, the way they walked, the way they talked, how they smelled, and what they wore.

Perhaps you think of ol’ Grandpa Joe, always dressed in his denim jacket. Or what about your great grandma who had that beautiful leather jacket she loved so much? But, where are those garments that you wish could come to life to embrace you in a tight hug one last time? Are they in a closet? Somewhere in the basement? Put away in storage somewhere?

These items are precious to us. There is no doubt about that. However, they are no longer in use and may remain in hiding for the rest of our days.


Here is the alternative: Memorial Bags

A Memorial Bag is a bag made from a passed loved one’s iconic-to-them garment. Once I receive that article of clothing, I take time to meticulously plan out how to cut the pieces into the appropriate panels of your new bag.

I try my best to incorporate all zippers and hardware from the clothing into the bag. Sometimes, I will need to use my own zippers or hardware to finish the project, but everything always matches the material as close as possible.

More often than not, I can use the lining of a jacket to create the lining of your bag. This is to further my effort toward maintaining native features of the jacket into the project.

The end result is a gorgeous bag filled with memories that you can take with you wherever you may travel. There are no more days hiding in the back of the closet for Grandpa’s old jacket. No more cold, dark basement for Grandma’s coat. Instead, you have a keepsake that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren and so on.


I understand how much faith and trust it takes to release control of a cherished item to a total stranger. It is always important to me that I earn your trust. Feel free to visit my Facebook page to view more of my work, see what I do, watch my videos, and read reviews.

Whenever you feel ready, feel free to send me an email at lmsewingmachine@gmail.com to get a quote. There is never any pressure and you can always change your mind up until I start work on your project.

If you do decide to entrust me with this endeavor, you can be confident in knowing that your items will always be handled and treated with dignity and respect.

I look forward to hearing from you. In the mean time, check out how to care for your bag by clicking here.

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Care Instructions

How Do I Care for My Purse?

Care Instructions

I am beyond ecstatic that you chose ME to create something one-of-a-kind for you to keep forever and ever. I hope you enjoy using your items as much as I enjoyed creating them just for you. More importantly, I want you to keep enjoying them long after they’ve gone home with you. So, “how do I care for my purse?” Get comfortable, I am about to teach you some basic care instructions for your LMSM goodies!

First and foremost, never under any circumstances place any of these products in the wash. These are hand wash only. This is because many of the materials I use have not been preshrunk, so that means that they will shrink if you throw them in a washing machine.

Now then, for cloth material, it is best to spot clean with warm water and a toothbrush with just a tiny pit of Dawn dish soap. Take a paper towel and pat the excess water off of the item and sit it on your table or counter to air dry. You may also consider using a Tide to-go pen or something similar.

For faux leather, leather, and marine vinyl, I highly recommend that you use a paper towel with warm water to wipe away any dirt or smudges. I would also consider purchasing leather wipes to help keep the material healthy and luscious.

Additionally, you could always take these items to your local dry cleaner and ask if they extend their services for bags and purses.

Preventative Maintenance:

Here are some tips that would be beneficial to the longevity of your products.

  1. Refrain from leaving bags on the floor.
  2. Keep out of reach of children.
  3. Treat your items with Scotch Guard upon receiving/before use.
  4. Keep out of reach of pets.
  5. Lint roll your bags as needed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope this information found you well. If you would like to see more of what I do or even watch me work throughout the week, you may visit me at my Facebook page.

Also, if you haven’t already, you may follow me on Instagram.

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Cork Leather Facts

Cork Leather Facts

Cork Leather Facts

You read that correctly! Cork LEATHER! Wait…like, the stuff they use as wine bottle stoppers?

YES!

While wine corks are made from the wood deeper inside the cork tree, cork leather is harvested from the bark of cork trees.

Cork trees? Are those a thing? Absolutely! Cork trees are found in North Africa, Southern France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. A large portion of cork leather comes from Portugal.

Yeah, but what’s the big deal? Why would I want it? Glad you asked!

Just like the corks used in wine bottles, cork leather repels liquid and moisture. It is not only easy to wipe down and care for, but it is also resistant to mold! Products made from cork leather are ideal to have in hot and humid climates or seasons. Cork is your ultimate beach bud! Not only that, but it definitely gives the “beachy driftwood vibe.” (Is there such a thing? Let’s just say yes.) Oh! And cork leather floats! Can you imagine the pit in your stomach if you were to accidentally (and ya know, completely sober) dropped your cork leather sunglasses sleeve off the side of the boat this summer?! You wouldn’t need to dive after it, just bend over and scoop it up out of the water!

Cork leather feels smooth and is pleasant to touch. It’s super strong and very durable! Some people imagine the rough feel the cork found in a bulletin board. The cork leather I use for my products is buttery soft.

But wait! There’s more! *Billy Mayes voice* Cork leather is 100% cruelty-free and eco-friendly. You can feel good about the items you buy because no innocent critters were harmed in the process nor was the environment negatively impacted by your purchase. Win/win!

So what do ya think? Has cork-fever set in yet?

 

BONUS FACT: Did you know cork trees can survive wildfires? Cork trees are so resilient. It’s no wonder people are obsessed with this amazing material!