Tweed Bag Creations

Judith Mackay

  • United Kingdom

“Handmade Harris Tweed bags and accessories”

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About Tweed Bag Creations

Tweed Bag Creations

Quality tweed bags and accessories handmade on the Isle of Lewis, the home of Harris Tweed

Hello, my name is Judith Mackay and I am the owner, photographer, marketer, book keeper, web stuff and every other job you can think of, unfortunately not an expert in any but I do know how to sew top quality items as the many lovely feedback messages I receive support and I am delighted with and grateful for each and every one of them, they make me smile and keep me thinking that the long hours and frustrations are all worth it.

I started this little business of mine about fifteen years ago as an outlet for my creativity, after deciding that there are only so many cross stitch pictures, soft furnishings and fancy bits one house can hold! My first foray into selling was at craft fairs around Aberdeenshire as a member of the local craft group FOCUS, helped out by two of my daughters living in that area and many happy days were had but times change, daughters marry and have families and days out are no longer possible. My next move was to sell through National Trust properties, privately owned heritage centres and my first, very basic, self build website, non of which were particularly successful, sale or return is not the best way to sell, having to hassle administrators for money owed and missing items are par for the course and knowing zilch about SEO doesn't get website traffic.

I make all the items listed personally, that way I can ensure the standard of workmanship, such a beautiful fabric and my customers deserve nothing less. Making the bags is quite a lengthy process, every check piece is individually cut, all the outer bag pieces and the main lining pieces are fused with two layers of different types of interfacing, they then have to be left to sit for a minimum of 24 hours before they are sewn, longer is better. I also make all the leather straps from cut pieces and fixings, my most valued item of equipment apart from my treasured sewing machine is the manual rivet setter purchased two years ago so no more hammer and sore hands, arms and shoulders.

When asked what inspires me it is difficult to say, there are so many reasons I do what I do but I think the main one is the love of the fabric itself. Anyone who has seen and worked with Harris Tweed will tell you what a beautiful fabric it is, the production process is unique, the range and depth of colours and tones in every individual pattern is matchless and, in terms of sewing, it is just wonderful.

I hope you enjoy browsing my shop.

Judith x