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Sewn by Joan Marie Verba
Hi, I'm Joan Marie Verba and I sew the shoulder bags you see on the page. I started using these because I found that whenever I purchased a purse, it would not be long before the purse became stained or dirty, or something spilled on it. Then I'd either have to try to clean it, or I'd have to throw it away. After throwing away a lot of purses, I decided that I needed a purse that I could simply wash when either the inside or outside was dirty. That's when I started using these, which are machine washable. They're durable, roomy, comfortable to wear, and have a lot of pockets. I believe you'll find them as useful as I have.
12 inch bag

Shoulder bag, 12 inches wide, regular straps

Regular Size Shoulder Bags, 12 inches wide

Basic Shoulder Bag (regular size)
12 inches wide
length of entire bag with regular size straps: 27-28 inches
length of main part of bag (main inside pocket) 11 inches
one pocket is 7-1/2 inches high
one pocket is 8 inches high
pockets are each 6 inches wide on each side
comes with or without zipper (just inside central pocket)
length of entire bag with long straps: 39 inches
Shoulder bags are made with cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric.
All bags are machine washable.
All measurements are approximate and may vary from bag to bag.
12 inch bag

Shoulder bag, 12 inches wide, long straps

Pricing for 12 inch wide bags

Regular size shoulder bags (12 inches wide), without zipper: $24.95
(note: you can put your purse contents in a gallon food zipper bag and it fits right inside the main bag)
With zipper: $29.95
Regular size shoulder bag (12 inches wide), without zipper, long straps: $29.95
With zipper, long straps: $34.95
16 inch bag

Shoulder bag, 16 inches wide, regular straps

16 inch wide shoulder bag, regular size straps


16 inches wide
length of entire bag with regular size straps: 25-26 inches
length of main part of bag (main inside pocket) 11 inches
one pocket is 7-1/2 inches high
one pocket is 8 inches high
pockets are each 8 inches wide on each side
comes with or without zipper (just inside central pocket)
length of entire bag with long straps: 35-37 inches
Shoulder bags are made with cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric.
All bags are machine washable.
All measurements are approximate and may vary from bag to bag.
12 inch bag

Shoulder bag, 16 inches wide

Pricing for 16 inch wide bags

16 inch wide bags, without zipper: $29.95
With zipper: $34.95
16 inch wide shoulder bag, without zipper, long straps: $34.95
With zipper, long straps: $39.95
12 inch large bag

Large shoulder bag, 12 inches wide, regular straps

12 inch wide large shoulder bag, regular size straps


12 inches wide
length of entire bag with regular size straps: 33 inches
length of main part of bag (main inside pocket) 17 inches
one pocket is 7-1/2 inches high
one pocket is 8 inches high
pockets are each 6 inches wide on each side
comes with or without zipper (just inside central pocket)
also available with extra long straps
Shoulder bags are made with cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric.
All bags are machine washable.
All measurements are approximate and may vary from bag to bag.
12 inch large bag

Large shoulder bag, 12 inches wide

Pricing for large 12 inch wide bags

Large size shoulder bag (12 inches wide), without zipper: $34.95
with zipper: $39.95
Large size shoulder bag (12 incheswide),
without zipper, long straps: $39.95 long straps, with zipper: $44.95
Specialty Bags
backpack front

Backpack, front

Backpack/shoulder bag

This bag has straps on the back and can be used as a backpack. It also has a strap on the top and can be carried as a shoulder bag. The size is approximately 14 inches high, 14 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. There is a pocket on the front. $24.95
backpack back

Backpack, back

small tote bag

Small tote bag

Small tote bag

This tote bag stands up by itself and is 10 inches wide and 16 inches long. $6.95
travel case

Zippered travel case

Zippered travel case

This zippered travel case is about 7.5 in. long x 6.5 in. wide x 4 in. deep. $9.95
Special Order Bags
drawstring bag

Drawstring bag

I also sew bags for special orders. These two were done for a client who wanted rectangular shaped drawstring bags.
multiple pockets

Multiple pockets

This is a bag that I sewed with multiple pockets to put yarn in. There are 10 pockets around the outside and 4 pockets on the inside.
purse diagram

12-inch wide bag

Sizes and dimensions

12 inches wide
length of entire bag with regular size straps: 27-28 inches
length of main part of bag (main inside pocket, opens at top) 11 inches
one pocket is 7-1/2 inches high
one pocket is 8 inches high
pockets are each 6 inches wide on each side
length of entire bag with long straps: 39 inches
All measurements are approximate and may vary from bag to bag.
16-inch and large bags similar, with main inside bag and pockets on sides

About

Joan Marie Verba had a mother who sewed almost all of her clothing and sewed extras to sell to others. She learned how to sew from her mother and has been sewing ever since.

Address:
P O Box 22693
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Email:
verba001 @ umn . edu