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A World View – Handmade Bag Making Business {Series, Vol2}

Hi Everyone

I hoped you enjoyed the 1st interview in this series last week!  If your just joining us, and have no idea what I’m talking about, here is some background…I know there are many of you out there that are thinking about selling your handmade bags. So I thought what better way to get some idea about what a handmade bag making business might involve from asking people who are already doing it!  I decided to get a broader more worldly view by asking 3 bag makers to come on the blog and answer a few questions.

In this series we can look forward to hearing from:

I hope you enjoy this series, over to you Susie!

Describe yourself in 5 words…

Creative, Smiles, sewing, mum, wife

How long have you been sewing?

Since I was 4… a long time ago lol

How long have you been running a bag selling business?

for about 4 years

What made you fall in love with making bags?

A retro style bag that I thought I can give that a go!

The Explorer Backpack, made by Susie – Twirl Girl Boutique

What is your favourite pattern to sew and why?

I have 2. The Hippo Hobo Bag & the Ziggy Bag they can be created with so many different mediums… each one I have created are so unique to my customer.

What pattern is your best seller?

Of late, the Ingenious Tote Bag 🙂

The Ingenious Tote Bag, made by Susie – Twirl Girl Boutique

What is something you recommend someone who wants to start selling their bags, starts doing now when making bags, to achieve a more professional finish?

Experiment in all different types of mediums… I personally love the mixture of Wrap Scrap and Leather!

Tell us something not many people would know about you…

I ♥ pears… not to eat much but the shape of them

Do you sell your bags in person or online? Why have you chosen to sell your bags the way you have?

I sell mine online. I sell here because, that’s where my customers found me… I have a fabulous customer base that allows me to experiment with a huge range of fabrics.

The Hippo Hobo, made by Susie – Twirl Girl Boutique
(Susie has used Jodie’s awesome NEW Rockpool Fabric range!)

Do you have your own shopping website (or Etsy store)? Or do you only sell via Facebook?  What do you think the benefits/shortfalls are of each?

Facebook & Instagram

Benefits of Facebook: Large reach of different customers
Benefits of Instagram: Photos tell stories there, I can express why I made a bag or how I felt about a bag I made/tested better
I have not had any shortfalls…I try and treat everyone the way I want to be treated 🙂

When selling online these days, it is really important to have good photography to show your item in the best light to potential customers.  Share 3 tips to help us all take better photos of our bags…

Absolutely, a bright area, a simple backdrop & an editing program.

The Abstract Tote, made by Susie – Twirl Girl Boutique

What’s your favourite fabric to work with and why?

Leather… it is so organic and something that not everyone can sew with, and it looks amazing with any fabric

Do you edit your photos?  Do you do all your editing on your phone or do you use the computer? Please also share what software/app do you use so we can check it out!

I use the Computer to do my editing. I mainly use pic monkey – the royal package.

If you could only watch one TV show/movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?

Offspring – its so real and relatable.

Do you find social media has been important for your businesses success?  Why?

Yes! The access to new products and customers is massive.

What is your preferred social media platform? Is this the one where you tend to make the most sales?

Facebook is my preferred platform.

The Panic Clutch, made by Susie – Twirl Girl Boutique

If you were able to tell yourself one thing before you set up your business what would it be?


Thanks Susie for coming on the blog and answering all these questions for us!

We have a break from these interviews next week as the Mystery ‘Bag” Challenge finishes up tonight, so come back next week to view some of the entries and see who wins the amazing prize packs from our sponsors 🙂

I’ll be back with another Handmade Bag Business interview on the 15th 🙂

Until next time, happy sewing!

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    August 3, 2017 at 2:13 am

    This is awesome, thank you! I guess I need to start experimenting with leather 😉

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