Would you like to improve the quality & style of the bags you are sewing? If you are going to take the time to make your own bags, you need to invest in high-quality bag making supplies and fabrics. The best materials aren’t usually available at the craft store chains, but you can find great bag making supplies on Etsy!
Did you know there are hundreds of Esty shops that sell sewing supplies? I always sort the search results to find shops in the US. Most of them are small family businesses, so you can feel good about supporting them. I order from many of these shops on a regular basis!
To sew durable & stylish bags, you need professional supplies like brass hardware, waxed canvas, and leather accents. These materials can really elevate your bags, taking them from “homemade” to “handcrafted”.
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Here Are 8 Stylish Bag-Making Supplies You Can Find in Etsy shops:
This is my go-to zipper source! They have high-quality YKK zippers in every option you can imagine. I really love the modern autumn color palette on this set of 9″ zippers. These would be great for zipper pouches. Shipping is always fast and they usually include extra goodies in your order!
Brass hardware really elevates your bag quality and adds a cool vintage vibe. I use hardware from The Buckle Guy for my Retro Rucksacks. The prices are great and there are tons of size and color options.
Leather accents can really make a difference
Custom tags are a great way to add a professional finish to your bags. If you sell at craft fairs, these awesome laser cut leather tags could add value and rustic sophistication to your handmade goods.
I love the idea of a colorful accent on a plain canvas or leather bag. These suede bag tassels would add an upscale boho vibe to a simple slouchy purse.
Waxed canvas is my favorite material to use for handmade bags. It’s durable and easier to sew than leather. This shop has more color options than I’ve seen anywhere else! Plus, they carry waxed denim and waxed linen—something I haven’t tried but will soon!
I have more information about sewing with waxed canvas in this post.
This beautiful woven cord from East Village Supply could be used for embellishments. Two or three strands together would make a really unique strap on a bag. You might also find some pretty tassels and charms for your zipper pulls in their shop!
Brass Spring Snap & Snap Setter from Springfield Leather
Brass spring snaps can also add a really professional touch to your bags. You don’t need expensive tools to apply then, just the setter above. For a helpful spring snap application tutorial, read this post from Anna at Noodlehead.