TAFA Gift Guide: Bags and Purses
Every year thousands of quilters come to Paducah for the annual AQS Quilt Show. As a group, they tend to wear comfortable shoes and carry a big, gorgeous handmade bag. A bag which carries their needs for the day and will bulge with fliers and purchases. I feel like you can almost never have enough bags… I have two big totes that I use for groceries, a dedicated one for the library, a small pouch that has my wallet and keys, a big leather bag I use for travel, another one for my laptop, and lots of pouches, passport bags, and small purses that can be snatched as needed. I have special things stored in bags in my drawers, large tote-types of bags holding various craft supplies and art purses that might make it to a party or gallery opening. Every culture around the world has bags assigned to specific tasks and for the fashion industry, launching new bag designs is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Our TAFA members make and sell all kinds of fun, handmade bags. Most are functional, begging to be used, while others tease the imagination, playing with form and function as wearable art. Get ready for eye candy as we treat you to this selected guide! There is something for everyone and we hope that you will explore the links to see more.
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These are bags that are functional, kind of… Definite ice-breakers at a party, but just be careful with them…
A purse, clutch or bag with a dressy flair!
Shoulder Bags and Purses
Messenger bags and strappy purses help us keep track of our stuff. Sling them over, wear them on the shoulder….
Larger bags to carry shopping are always great to have around!
Passport bags and drawstring pouches are so great for traveling or for carrying the small things you need.
Wallets and Coin Purses
Store your jewelry, make-up and small tools in them!
The bags above are just examples of what each of our members does, but many have special bags for laptops, ipads, cell phones, eye glass cases and much more. Here are a couple of examples:
As you can see, there is an amazing range of styles, materials used, provenance, function, and price points offered in this overview of our TAFA bags. I find it so interesting to see how the different materials are treated and with all of the options that are out there, the handmade ones succeed in truly being one-of-a-kind.
How to find our TAFA bags and purses
Members who carry bags regularly (Note: the featured image may not be a bag.)
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