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HANDMADE BAGS BLOG

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Here we talk about all things handmade – we love sewing handmade bags, purses, clutches, coin purses, makeup bags, wristlets and baby bibs. We're always finding new fabrics and playing with new designs. Make sure to stay tuned here to learn more about what we do, where we're from (New York!) and find out about our latest favorite handmade accessories.

November 18, 2019

I can’t believe it that’s time again the holidays are almost upon us. We know you need to find those special gifts for her that not only show how much you care but will not break your bank. This is where our must have holiday gift guide comes in. We have put together a collection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for those special ladies in your life. Whether it’s your mom, sister, girlfriend, wife or best friend these distinct gifts offer something stylish and functional. From handbags, wristlet wallets, makeup bags, clutches and coin purses you can’t go wrong with this collection of handmade accessories. Check out these ideas to find the perfect gift as fashionable, innovative and thoughtful as she is.

Brown Wool Tote B...

October 7, 2019

There are two things that I go crazy for every time fall rolls around. The first is pumpkin spice anything and the second is floral makeup bags. I love that a new season gives me a chance to switch up my style and try something different.  Florals seem to never go out of style plus they can be mixed and matched with other seasonal prints. Our handmade makeup bags definitely follow that principle. Our floral bags are transitional, ready for everyday use and perfect for travel.

Whether you’re looking for a bag to carry your fall skincare essentials or a bag for your travel toiletries. We have a collection of on-trend functional and fall ready floral makeup bags to rock with your everyday look. So, grab your pumpkin spic...

September 30, 2019

These bags are small, cute and scream style. That is how I joyfully describe our afro girls makeup bags. If you love to rock a soulful retro bag that holds your cosmetics, toiletries and supplies while making you look oh so fashionable, then these bags are for you. Made with vibrant Alexander Henry fabric, these handmade makeup bags measure 8 ½ inches wide by 4 ½ inches high and 4 inches deep. They are secured with an 8 ½ inch wide metal zip closure to protect against leaks and product spillage.

They are versatile, easily used with any handbag and won’t break your bank. Are you getting ready to take a trip? Well these bags are ready to head out with you. Makeup brushes, eye shadow, tweezers, nail clippers wi...

September 13, 2019

September is my birthday month and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My surgery went well and I’m slowly working my way back to good health. My wonderful family and friends have been an amazing rock for me. I honestly feel like I haven’t laughed this hard in years while having give up so many of my favorite foods. It also marks almost two years since I re-launched the 144 Collection website. This website has been a labor of love, source of frustration and a showcase of all the wonderful things we get to make.

We are so grateful when you read this blog and purchase from our website. We put our heart and soul into this, and you recognize that. So, we are celebrating with a giveaway to say THANK YOU for supporti...

September 10, 2019

Heading back to college can be both an exciting and anxiety filled time. The rush to get everything you need for your dorm and supplies for your classes can have you feeling overwhelmed. So, we’re here to take some off the pressure off by keeping you organized with our canvas zipper pouches. Whether you need a bag to hold your school supplies, cosmetics or toiletries. These handmade canvas zipper pouches are the perfect accessory for both.

Our canvas zipper pouches are well-made, sturdy and multi-functional. With the average cost of tuition growing by about 4% every year, every dollar counts when it comes to things like dorm room shopping and school supplies. We definitely understand that and want to provide you with...

August 6, 2019

It’s safe to say that my love for the Paper Source knows no bounds. Ever since I discovered their stores, I have spent countless hours crafting and making cards. I’m so addicted to Paper Source that I call it my happy place. Before discovering their stores, I knew nothing about card making yet alone embossing. I started making cards about 2-3 years ago to accompany our handmade bag photos. As a small business owner your resources and dollars are limited, so I make most of our photo props. I have found that it saves on cost and I can use those props again and again when the season arrives. My love for card making was born thanks to them.

I learned how to emboss at their 77th Street and Columbus Avenue location in NYC....

July 22, 2019

Did you know that bon voyage is an expression of good wishes to someone about to go on a journey? Last week was a little bittersweet for me because I had to say goodbye to a friend who is moving to Italy with her husband. Mary and I have shared countless stories about fabric, our favorite quilting stores (Gotham Quilts), dress-making and so much more. I figured what better way to express my best wishes then with a custom-made cotton and leather pouch. Our bon voyage leather pouch just seemed to fit the occasion.

This pouch is all about celebrating travel with passports, sandals, shades, cabs and handbags featured prominently in the print. This whimsical fabric print is designed by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co...

July 17, 2019

With Summer in full swing and vacations underway, traveling with the right accessories is a must. We all want to stay cool and look fabulous, so we need the right makeup bag for our summer essentials. This is where we have you covered just like your favorite sunscreen. We have a variety of handmade travel makeup bags that are designed for storing your essentials while you’re on the road.

The last thing anyone wants to deal with is leaking lotion or hair products and spilled makeup when you open your suitcase. Our zippered pouches are a great option for weekend trips or long vacation getaways. We have gathered some our favorite summer travel bags that are not only guaranteed to keep you organized, but you will still wa...

April 18, 2019

Last month, I decided to take the meet the makers challenge given by Joanne Hawker on Instagram. I honestly did not think I would be able to stick through the month-long challenge. As I posted every day, it gave me a chance to talk about my successes, failures and how I started this handmade life. It has been far from easy but definitely worth every stress filled moment. I thought it would great to share those stories here and bit more about who we are.

 My Sewing Work Space

Hello, I am Lesia (pronounced Lisa) Griffin I design, sew, create, photograph, blog, etc. for 144 Collection. I was born, raised and live in New York City (Queens to be exact). I started sewing years ago to help me de-stress from my day job. I had...

April 16, 2019

Searching for stylish, compact and functional makeup bags made in the USA? Our handmade handbag business 144 Collection has just what you need to make traveling a breeze. Based in Queens, New York our one-of-a-kind and limited-edition makeup bags are designed with great attention to detail and quality. We understand that you’re probably busy juggling multiple things during the day, so you need a versatile bag for whatever life throws at you. Our American-made makeup bags come in a variety of styles and vibrant fabrics from cotton, denim to leather.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a durable bag that you can toss in your favorite handbag or carry-on look no further than our leather makeup bags. These gorgeous bags are mad...

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