Getting ready for Padstow…

Very much looking forward to Bolla Tay’s annual design fair in Padstow.  Just finishing off some final stitching before packing it all up ready for the show.

This year we will be joined by some fabulous designer-makers –  Damian Miles, Really Big Bubbles and Paper Pamela…  Check out their websites for a sneak preview and hopefully we’ll see you there.


Bolla Tay Poster 2017

Introducing Lydford…

Although I haven’t posted much so far this year, I’ve been working on a few designs behind the scenes.  I’ve recently finished creating the pattern for Lydford, a shoulder bag with twist lock closing, inside zip pocket and adjustable shoulder strap.

This handbag is made using 100% organic cotton canvas and has a navy blue pima cotton lining.  I’ve got a number of other fabrics lined up for this design too, so I’ll be adding those to my shop soon….

Full details, including price and dimensions, can be found on my shop.

Moorland Garden Fête

Once again the first part of the year has flown by and it has been far too long since I’ve posted any news, so it’s nice to let you know about a forthcoming fayre.

We’re looking forward to being at the Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton on Monday 1st May.  Always such a great day out at a really beautiful location, so if you’re in the area, come and enjoy all that the day has to offer….


Moorland Fete 2017 flyer

New commission… new design

Following my redesign of the Ashbury handbag a few months ago, I recently had the chance to play about with another of my favourite designs when one special lady asked me to resize the original Shelstone.  It’s great when someone asks me to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – it gets moved right to the top of my ‘to-do list’.

When I originally designed this handbag I had several sizes in mind; I started with the Shelstone, then enlarged it to make the Shelstone Weekend, then finally I wanted a smaller, more everyday version.  The lady for whom I created this already owns the Shelstone, so it was really useful to hear what dimensions ideally suited her for the new size.

Redrawing patterns always takes a fair bit of reworking to ensure the finished design looks and feels right.  It isn’t always a case of reducing everything by the same amount, but after a few mock-ups on some old sheets, I got the dimensions and proportions that worked for the style.

I love the fabric she chose; you may have noticed I love blue anyway (!), but the blues with the mint green flashes make this really eye-catching.

A fab time in Padstow….

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at our Bolla Tay Design Fair in Padstow, we had a really great time.  There were some early starts, late finishes and a lot of hard work beforehand, but all made worthwhile as we really enjoyed meeting everyone, talking about our designs and products and enjoying a pasty or two! Both myself and Alice had a record-breaking show this year! We have all our lovely new customers, and precious returning customers to thank for this.  So thank you all!

We love meeting people who appreciate our handbags and we hope all our customers are enjoying using their new purchases. Many of you have already been in touch to say that you are getting admiring comments, glances and enquiries; this makes us very happy and this is why we put in all the effort.

We love hearing from customers, so if you’ve enjoyed your Handmade by Ellie experience, please get in touch and let us know.  We hope you have a lovely summer and hope to hear from you soon.

Design Fair in Padstow….

Looking forward to another trip to Padstow for the Bolla Tay Design Fair.  We shall be there from 31st July – 4th August, so come and say hello if you’re around.

Bolla Tay

Ashbury hacks…..

Recently I was contacted by a lovely customer who had seen the navy and white spotty Ashbury on my shop and wanted this with a few changes.  She was after a slightly larger version of this bag, and wanted me to add in a few extra features.  She already has the Shelstone, and really liked the red trim and button pocket on that bag, and so wanted the same features on her Ashbury.  In addition to this, she also wanted an exterior zip pocket on the other side, which would sit on the side closest to her body.

The new Ashbury design makes for a really great size handbag. The larger zip opening and capacity makes it so useful and the adjustable strap means it can be worn on the shoulder or across the body to suit.  I made this with a red lining – navy and red is such a fabulously classic combination, I love it!

She then requested an Ashbury in the original size, with the same red trim and button pocket, but also wanted a zip patch pocket on the side closest to the body – really useful for tickets and essentials.  I loved lining up the spots to make sure it sat properly on the outside of the bag.

Any handbag you see on my shop can be customised to meet your wishes, whether it’s adding in extra pockets on the inside or outside, making it larger or smaller, different colourways, longer/shorter straps etc….. I’m happy to work with you to get all the details right and ensure you get the handbag that suits you.

May news….

We had a great time at the Moorland show a few weeks ago, thanks to all the people who came along.  Good to see a customer from the last show enjoying using her bag!

I had a new design in some new fabrics on show, these will be added to my shop soon.

Earlier this year I had a couple of orders from two different customers for the same design of bag.  They both wanted a Rippon and had completely different fabric choices.  It was lovely seeing what they chose and how different they were (one even matched their house décor and windowsill tiles, which is fantastic!).  The orange and black Rippon was the first time I’ve been asked for one colourway one side and the reverse on the other side, but a great way to get two looks for the price of one!


Now I’m looking forward to getting on with using this gorgeous fabric for a new order….




Spring news…..

It is has been a looooong time since I’ve updated my blog. The first few months of this year have whizzed by in a midst of decorating, pattern drawing and commissions and it’s suddenly approaching the end of April before I’ve posted any news.

I will post photos soon of some recent orders and creations, but in the meantime I’m working towards the next fair, which is at the beautiful Moorland Garden Hotel in Yelverton.  Hopefully see you there……

Moorland fete 2016 flyer

Introducing Ashbury

A little while ago I set to work designing a new shoulder bag.  I wanted to create a design which was a useful everyday-size handbag; it needed to have a zip closing, inside pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap (so it could be worn on the shoulder or across the body).

After some sketches, pattern drawing and a prototype, I designed Ashbury, and I’m pleased to share my first photos with you…..  this purple-based one sold at the first show and the yellow and grey one sold last week!  (click to enlarge the photos).

As with all my handbags, this has the same quilted feel – the main fabric is backed with sew-in interlining, quilting fabric, a layer of cotton, and then the lining is backed with sew-in interlining as well…… These layers give the bag strength, help them keep their shape and also makes them incredibly soft.

I’ve created another one of this design in a different fabric (with more to follow in the new year) and this is available from my online shop.

As with all my handbags, I take commissions for bespoke handbags, so if you would prefer this, or any other design, in a different fabric, or would prefer inside zip pockets, a wider shoulder strap etc, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Christmas Fayre at Seale Hayne

Looking forward to being at Seale Hayne on Friday and Saturday for their fabulous Christmas Fayre.

Open: Friday 13th November 11am – 4pm & Saturday 14th November 10am – 4pm.

Adults £3, under 16s free. £4 for Santa’s Storytelling Experience.

Seale Hayne Christmas Fayre

More information from Seale Hayne’s events page-

Boasting over 90 speciality stalls selling the likes of crafts, hand painted ceramics, cards, jewellery, homeware, textiles, toys, art, a new food produce marquee, and for the first time an area dedicated to local crafters ‘Creative Indie’, our annual Christmas Fayre is the perfect place to get Christmas wrapped up nice and early.

Look forward to seeing you there……


Festive Shows…..

It’s approaching that time of year when all the festive shows start…..  It’s a great opportunity to bag (no pun intended!) an original gift and browse all the fabulous handcrafted stalls.

We’re looking forward to being at the Moor Things Festive and Lovely Show at The Moorland Garden Hotel in Yelverton on Saturday 7th November.

Stalls open at 11am, so hopefully see you there….

Moor Things Festive and Lovely Flyer

Moor Things Festive and Lovely

New Huccaby available!

New Huccaby available from the Handmade by Ellie Shop!

September has been a busy time with a number of commissions keeping me busy, so it’s nice to catch up and update some items on my shop.  A few months ago I posted a photo of this fabric…


and I was really looking forward to cutting it all up and creating something with it.  As soon as I saw these fabrics, I thought they would suit a Huccaby satchel – the size of the print would fit the shape of the bag nicely and the lovely rich blue would make for beautiful complimentary buckle tabs and lining fabric.

So here it is –

This is currently the only Huccaby available in this fabric, so it truly is unique!  It is available to buy from the Handmade by Ellie shop.

Click on the picture to enlarge and scroll – 

Click here for all the details, including prices, dimensions and information on the bag’s construction.

Additional features – As well as an adjustable shoulder strap, this satchel has a large inside, fully lined (and interlined) zipped pocket and features high quality metalware which looks lovely –

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Clutch bags now available!

I had a fabulous few days in Padstow with the Bolla Tay girls earlier this month.  Thanks to all those who came by to see us, it was lovely to meet new customers as well as customers from previous years……  I hope you all enjoy your new handbags!

I promised I would be adding more to my online shop after its launch a few weeks ago, so here are the first new editions…. These clutch bags are the result of my collaboration with designer C F McEwan.   They are made using her special silk and hemp fabric and they feel gorgeous!

For all the information, please click here to visit to visit my shop.

If you are interested in purchasing the matching scarves, please click here to contact Clare to check availability.  Oh, and Clare currently has a summer sale on some of her gorgeous scarves…..


Exciting News – Online Shop Now Open!

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Hi everyone – exciting news!

My online shop is now open and offers a range of Handmade by Ellie bags to view and buy securely online.

Please enjoy having a browse and let me know what you think of the experience; all feedback and input welcome.

I will be adding to the range in due course, so keep your eye out for exciting new additions.

Happy shopping and if you enjoy handbags, spread the word!


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