Update: Nov. 26, 2019

I am currently working with testers on my third pattern, a purse/wallet combo – Miss Practicality, for December. My next pattern will be a matching tote bag.


After 30 years of sewing, working on everything from hems, zipper repair and replacement, tents and upholstery as well as aircraft parts manufacturing, I finally found my sewing niche in designing purse and wallet patterns.  It all started with an online “Bag of the Month Club” that a friend told me about in January 2017. After making my first couple bags, I was hooked. I never imagine there would be a market for custom bags, or patterns, but seeing groups upon groups for bag making on Facebook, I embraced a new business direction, and in the early summer of 2017, Bella Vie Bags was born.

Adding to all the production, I teach bag making at Cottage Quilting, a local sewing shop. While I build up this new business, I am still doing regular alteration work as Angela’s Stitch ‘N Time.

QUALITY – Where beauty, quality, functionality and practicality meet.

“Beautiful Styles for Life” isn’t a meaningless by-line. Bella Vie Bags will not only be marked for quality of materials & workmanship, but also for beauty and functionality. A “pretty bag” that doesn’t properly fulfill a need or purpose just isn’t that pretty. Too many bags end up in a pile of unused purses that looked nice, but were frustrating in their use due to impracticability.

Only high quality materials such cork, leather, commercial high wear vinyls, upholstery fabrics, and waterproof canvas will be used on structural and high wear areas. Various high quality prints are added to other areas for some flair.

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My ultimate goal is to create pdf patterns for online downloads so others can enjoy making their own creations. Each pattern will be designed in keeping with my philosophy of “Where Beauty and Functionality Meet.” They will also be created in a way to keep layers down, so as to be easier to sew on a domestic sewing machine. In the meantime, I’m enjoying making other designers’ patterns (created for selling finished products): purses, totes, briefcases & wallets – there’s so many possibilities.

Just like the enjoyment I get in bag making class from the finished creations of our ladies, I look forward to seeing my patterns turned into amazing creations by other  bag makers. Join me in this fun journey!

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