Tuesday, January 17, 2017

sourcing bag making supplies

Hello lovely makers,

I'm super excited to see so many of you branching out and giving bag making a try. How absolutely, totally wonderful!

To help you on your journey, and to answer many, many questions coming to me through your emails, I decided to put together a list of my very favorite bag making supplies and where I buy them from. I hope you'll find this a useful resource.

I'm not affiliated with any of the suppliers I list in here and I do not get any compensation for writing this post. I've been buying from these suppliers for quite some time and I love not just their products, but also their friendly and speedy service.

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I love using regular quilting cotton, of course, as it comes in so many different colors and stunning prints. Lately though I've been quite enjoying working with linen and linen/cotton blends. It's thicker and a bit heavier than quilting cotton and I think it's just the right weight for bag making.  My go to store for printed linen is Miss Matatabi on etsy.

I also use lots of duck canvas either as linings for my bags or as the interlining fabric to make the bags hold their shape better. I buy all my canvas at Joann store.


SF101 - medium weight fusible interfacing is the one I use the most. I also like using 987F fusible fleece when I want my finished bag or pouch to have a squishier finish.

I also quite like using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable or Pellon Flex Foam if I want my finished bags to be extra sturdy and holding their shapes really well.


I love, love, love metal zippers and I usually keep an array of different sizes and colors on hand. I buy all my zipper from zipit on Etsy. 


I have only recently started adding leather straps and handles to my bags and I'm completely smitten as they add such a fabulous touch of luxury and finesse to any finished product.

I buy either 3/4" or 1" wide straps in longest length available and cut them to needed size with my rotary cutter. 

I buy my leather straps from Leather EU on etsy or from Anna (noodlehead) 's store.


I've been using waxed canvas for about a year now and I'm madly in love with this material. It's sturdy, waterproof, and fabulously rugged looking. And, just like leather handles, it looks better the more you use it which is absolutely perfect for bag making.

I buy my waxed canvas from A. L. Frances on etsy.


My favorite shops to buy bag hardware (rivets, D-ring tabs, swivel hooks, magnetic snaps, etc.) are:

Bagmaker Supply
Ning Bags
3DAN Supplies (it usually takes a few weeks to receive their order but the prices are really great)

I really hope you find this list helpful.

Where do you buy your bag making supplies? Please post links to your favorite shops in comments section below.

Happy sewing, friends.



  1. Thank you so much for posting this list! I recently bought one of your patterns - it's in my queue to be made. But I have branched out from quilting into making bags and I never know where to go for supplies. This list is wonderful!

  2. I agree with DeeDee! My sister surprised me with the Megan Foldover Tote pattern for Christmas but my Joann didn't have the hooks for the strap. Timely help, indeed!

    Svetlana - do you prewash your duck fabric? The bolt at Joann said professional cleaning so I got denim to use as interlining instead. I was worried the duck would be difficult if I washed it.

    1. I don't wash duck canvas for bag making, but I did wash it for other projects and it worked just fine as well. Hope this helps.

  3. thanks for this great resource!

  4. I have a small stash of bag hardware which I have harvested from knapsacks and purses which had worn out and were being thrown out, I often find what I need for a bag project in this little stash of recycled items.

  5. Thanks so much! Having the right material makes a huge difference in the finish of a bag! I used leather handles for the first time and love, love the look!

  6. What a great resource - thank you! I'll be sharing a link in my next newsletter...

  7. pinksandbeachdesigns.com has the d ring hardware, magnetic snaps, interfacings, etc.

  8. Hi :) , I'm Jenny from LeatherEU, thank you so much for sharing leather straps from my Etsy shop. Love your blog and your patterns:)

  9. I get my bag hardware from Emmaline Bags, in Canada but gorgeous hardware. And I also get from Wooden Seamstress on Etsy for things I need faster.

  10. Thank you for sharing your favorite shops.

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