Tag Archives: Messenger bags

a small messenger bag

It’s been a wild summer, in which I did everything but blogging. I spent most of my time wedding planning and all that goes along with that job (@hoopesweddings on Instagram, if you want to see some fun, beautiful wedding pictures) with very little time for anything else.

Here are a few small messenger bags I managed to make, the extent of my handmade accomplishments over the summer.  For more summer fun pictures of cycling, sailing, skiing, making and such, follow along on my Instagram @noelleodesigns. In my opinion, Instagram is the only social media really worth paying attention to, for those of us who are easily distracted and prefer quick and easy visual stimulation- it’s all that.
doiley bag

vinyl bag with flowers

modern flower bag

busy ribbon bag

vintage ribbon bag

handmade purses and bags

I’ve been designing and working on some handmade purses and bags of the messenger variety this winter with some fabulous fabrics I’ve recently picked up in LA- new and vintage loveliness I couldn’t live without. Here are a few from the current batch or maybe I should say Winter 2014 Collection.ruffle flap purseThis bag has an easy-access-but-delightfully-subtle cell phone pocket just under the flap- bonus.
blue vinyl messenger bagBlue vinyl messenger bag- shiny and matte vinyl combos on the outside and oodles of pockets inside and out. There’s even a waist strap (for cyclists) that’s stowable when not in use.
appliqué flowers, red messenger bagApplique flowers in cottons and wool felt on a heavy weight woven red messenger bag.
noelle o designs pursesAnd a few more bags of various styles… I regret The Collection isn’t listed on Etsy  -yet-  BUT all of these bags and more will be at Art Market in Salt Lake City Utah this weekend, February 7-8th. Stop by if you’re in the area.
Utah art market

upcycling at it’s best


While in Cambodia last month we picked up a couple of messenger bags made from recycled rice sacks. Upon further inspection I realized they have a website, AngkorRecycled.org, with many other varieties of bags available- and I wish I had purchased at least one of every kind of their bags and wallets (they were extremely cheap by American standards- to say the least). I’m in love, love, love with all of their goods and the premise of the company and operations. Cambodia needs small business, recycling and innovators like Ms. Yung Sothea who founded Angkor Recycled in 2007. Hats off to a job well done, if I owned a boutique in town I would be importing these goods for sure.