Category: Testimonials

Kindly Words from You Kindly Folks

My favorite part of working at eThreads is making people happy. (OK, truly, the favorite part of my job is buying fabric, but making people happy is the next best thing.)

wrapped-in-boxWhen you place an order with eThreads, it is reviewed and printed onto a little slip of paper with your name, date of order and bag specifics like fabric, zipper and lining colors. We even check if you wanted the fabric rotated or if the bag is for a lefty, because that changes how we make the bag.

That little slip gets pinned to your bag at every step. After the bag is cut, pressed, sewn, pressed, and quality checked, we remove the little slip and wrap up the bag. We write a personalized note, tuck it into the bag, and wrap the whole package in recycled red tissue paper, brown paper and brown packaging. I imagine the next person who opens the box is meeting their bag for the first time and that moment makes me smile.

The coolest part is hearing it straight from you guys. It’s really overwhelming the lovely notes you write us. I love all the exclamation points, smiley faces, and promise of pictures. I love hearing about the compliments you received and how you told all your friends about eThreads. Truly, making you happy makes me happy and messages like these just make me downright blush:

Thanks so much for the bags, they’re awesome and most importantly Britt loves them! She was really excited to switch bags and start using these ones.  And thank you for sending them faster, we really appreciate it.  And just so you know, Britt said she’s probably going to get in touch with you about gifts for the girls in the wedding party; that’ll probably be in the early spring at some point. So thanks again Emily, you did such an awesome job with this.  We really appreciate everything!” – Rob C., Brewster NY

I love this bag!  I’ve been using it non-stop since I got it.  It’s the perfect bag to hold my laptop, office work, lunch and a change of clothes for the gym.  It’s strong and comfortable too.  Thank you!” – Kate G., Cambridge MA

I love the latest bag that I ordered from eThreads! Your dedication and outstanding customer service continues to impress me. I appreciate all the work you put into making sure that each bag I order is one that I will be happy with. I have received so many compliments and enjoy spreading the word about your wonderful products and service. I can’t wait to design my next bag!” – Kate E., Seattle WA

Hi Emily, I received them and I love them! All of them turned out so well. I can’t wait to show and present them to the girls! Thanks again!” Stephanie J., Austin TX

I received my clutch today and I love it! It was my first order, but it won’t be my last.” – Jessica M., Springboro OH

Boy you were right about my making some good choices! I love the way the wristlet turned out and had a great time remembering all the little choices I made. It was really easy to create the bag and I’m happy with the result. I took it on a road trip this weekend and, as a girl who tends to favor pockets over purses, I really appreciated having this cute little bag. I think that it’s great that eThreads is so polished from top to bottom.” – Katherine M., New York NY

 

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Help Us Design Your Ideal Diaper Bag

If you follow us on facebook, you’ll see we’ve recently been talking a lot about diaper bags. You guys have been asking for diaper bags for years, and we’re finally ready to debut some designs. One of our favorite long-time customers, Keith & Jennifer, asked for a messenger-style diaper bag ahead of their September due date. We love these guys (see their repurposed t-shirt bag here) and wanted to make it happen.

protoype diaper bagI don’t have first hand knowledge about diaper bags so I asked you guys on facebook. Boy, was it illuminating! You all had such great tips about pockets, zippers, size and straps. Here is the first prototype I made based on Jennifer’s style requests and your functionality suggestions. (PS – How cool is this new fabric? I’m a sucker for a good chevron.)

Jennifer found a cute yellow elephant fabric on another diaper bag and had to have it. Keith found it online and shipped it to us, and we were able to make her dream diaper bag ahead of her baby’s big arrival in September.

Keith wrote us after they received it:

“Emily, it’s beautiful!  Amazing job.  She absolutely loves it.  That liner takes the cake.  We’re so happy to be the coolest-diaper-bag-parents the world has ever seen. Thank you!”

Jennifer wanted a messenger style crossbody bag, but lots of moms asked for a two handled-tote version too. As I’m finalizing the designs I’m still asking for suggestions about what you want in your diaper bag. Moms & Dads – what did you love about your diaper bag? What didn’t you like? What features do you think are most important? Leave a comment below, send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com or leave a message on our facebook page. Thanks for your help making the best diaper bags ever for you hardworking parents out there!

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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Heather H.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  We’ve seen a lot of fun materials recycled into new bags, but Heather’s materials were really interesting.  She sent us about a dozen cut outs to see what we could do.  They were beautiful pieces, but many were already cut into small pieces, which makes it a bit difficult to rePurpose.  It was a fun project though because it forced us to get really creative on how to use the pieces!  We settled on a Medium Pouch made with one piece, a Zippy Purse made with 2 pieces, and a larger Straight Day Clutch made with one piece rotated and a lot of black cotton.  Heather chose all the zipper and lining colors.  The results were really unique and awesome:

“I received the bags a week or 2 ago and have been meaning to tell you ever since how cool they are!  In fact, they’re sorta *too* cool since my girlfriend took one look at them and asked, “which one is mine?”  Sigh … At least you and I know who the mastermind here is. ;)  Thanks for making it happen!”

 

 

These two pieces became the Zippy Purse: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the inside of the Zippy Purse, Heather chose a dark purple nylon lining and the pocket is lined in leftover t-shirt material:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The piece on the right became the bottom half of a Square Day Clutch.  The rest of the bag is made with black cotton, including the handle.  Heather chose a red lining and black zipper:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The piece on the right became a Medium Pouch, we cut the piece in half and used both sides to make the bag:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Heather chose a copper lining and charcoal grey zipper:

 

 

 

Thank you Heather for letting us be part of this project, it was really challenging and fun! Are you ready to make your own recycled t-shirt bag?  Click here to get started!

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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Amy S.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  Amy S. sent us her daughter’s soccer team shirt to be repurposed into a new Zippy Purse.  Amy and her daughter, Alaina, chose a blue textured cotton for the strap, navy blue zippers and a blue lining to complement the grey t-shirt with blue logo.  The result was a fun new bag Alaina gets to show off to all her teammates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Alaina would like to send a big Thank You your way! She is the talk of her soccer team with her new team logo zippy purse made from one of her old practice t-shirts. She’s taken it on a few away tournament trips and loves it. I can tell she will be wearing it a lot this summer. The lining and strap color choices compliment the purse perfectly and I may even try and ‘borrow’ it for a game or two to show my team spirit! 

Thanks so much for working so hard to get our order just perfect for my soccer girl! We will definitely recommend you to all our friends…what a fabulous and unique bag!”

Thank you Amy and Alaina, we had fun making your bag!  Do you want to get started on your own rePurposed t-shirt bag?  Click here for more info!

 

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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Jean A.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  Jean A. from Washington, DC sent us 2 old t-shirts that were very special to her.  The first was a shirt her daughter owned over twenty years ago and the second was a shirt her brother wore as a young boy in camp.  Both had a lot of sentimental value and were perfect to be rePurposed as gifts for her daughter and sister.   Jean was very happy with the result:

“They arrived late last night!  I picked them up this morning and was enthralled.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the creative and loving care that went into each of them.  I will send you pics with the owners and their masterpieces after Christmas.  May you have a wonderful holiday and relish in the fact that you are such a marvelous artist.”


Here are the bags with their new owners on Christmas morning.  Jean told us:

“They absolutely loved the purses.  They too felt all the great energies and caring that you exerted during the creation of the two master pieces.  Words will never be enough to thank you for bringing such joy to a gift presenting celebration.  Thank you.”

Do you have an old t-shirt, jacket, etc…that you love but no longer wear? rePurpose it! Send us your old t-shirt, jackets, baby blankets — whatever! — and we’ll lovingly repurpose them into a fabulous new bag. eThreads rePurpose makes a thoughtful and unique gift – click here for more info.


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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Tracy M.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  Tracy M. from Old Lyme, CT sent us 5 shirts that were very special to her.  They were her father’s shirts, and she wanted to turn them into special gifts for her family.

“Just wanted to let you know that the bags I ordered arrived yesterday.  They are beautiful!  I’m thrilled to be able to share the bags with my children and preserve some memories of my dad.  I will certainly recommend you to friends and use you again in the future!  Thanks again.”


Do you have an old t-shirt, jacket, etc…that you love but no longer wear? rePurpose it! Send us your old t-shirt, jackets, baby blankets — whatever! — and we’ll lovingly repurpose them into a fabulous new bag. eThreads rePurpose makes a thoughtful and unique gift – click here for more info.

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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Jenny D.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  Jenny D. from Chicago, IL sent us a t-shirt with the name of her women’s group on it.  She wanted to turn it into a bag and wear the name with pride!

“I received it and am totally happy with it.  I am in a women’s group called Las Perlas so I plan to show off my purse in the coming months….who knows it may draw additional customers? :)”

Do you have an old t-shirt, jacket, etc…that you love but no longer wear? rePurpose it! Send us your old t-shirt, jackets, baby blankets — whatever! — and we’ll lovingly repurpose them into a fabulous new bag. eThreads rePurpose makes a thoughtful and unique gift – click here for more info.

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Custom Bridesmaid Bags: Happy Brides! (Part II)

eThreads’ custom bags are popular bridesmaid gifts. We’ve seen brides design the same bag for everyone, featuring the colors of their wedding. Some brides design different bags for each bridesmaid that represent each unique personality. Some brides have even sent us their own favorite fabric for truly unique bags!

Making bridesmaid bags is one of our favorite things at eThreads, because we get to be part of a very special day. It’s exciting to make such personal gifts, and connect with our brides along the way.  Here’s a collection of quotes from some happy brides that made us blush as much as they did on their wedding day:

 

“The girls loved their bags!” – Heather T., married 5/15/11

“I got them!!! They are fabulous!!!!!! Love them!!!!  They just arrived at work so I was showing all my co-workers.  They love them too!!!! So fantastic. Thank you soooo much! I can’t wait to put them with the dresses!!!! Just wild! Thanks again!!! Can’t wait for the next two!!! I seriously am addicted ;)” Natalie H., married 6/14/09

“I actually want to keep all of them instead of giving them as gifts, but I know my bridesmaids will love them!” – Evelyn I., married 10/29/11

“I am soooo excited! Now I want bags for myself!” – Laura F., married 9/25/11

“I received the bags – they look fantastic!  Thanks so much for the quick work.  The girls loved their bags, I really love my bag too!” – Trish K., married 9/11/10

“Is there a place where I can leave feedback regarding your customer service?  You are so awesome!  Thank you!” – Ashley B., married 9/9/11

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eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Keith S.

With eThreads rePurpose, you can take your old favorite t-shirt, dress, blanket, etc… and turn it into your favorite new bag!  Keith S. from Milford, CT wanted to surprise his fiance Jennifer by rePurposing her old favorite t-shirt.  They were happy with the result:

 

“YES!  It’s the best thing we’ve ever seen.  SO cool.  Jennifer likes your handiwork, she’s been telling everyone about your website too.  You should include more business cards in your next bags … they go quick!  Wonderful job.  We’re VERY happy.”

 

Do you have an old t-shirt, jacket, etc…that you love but no longer wear? rePurpose it! Send us your old t-shirt, jackets, baby blankets — whatever! — and we’ll lovingly repurpose them into a fabulous new bag. eThreads rePurpose makes a thoughtful and unique gift – click here for more info.

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Testimonial: Wendy D., Conroe TX

Did you know you can send us your own fabric for your bag?  It’s true!  Not only do we rePurpose old clothing into bags, but we also take your favorite fabrics to make a truly one-of-a-kind bag.  Wendy D. sent us a really fun fabric to make a bag for her daughter.  The fabric had monsters on it and we made the bag in time for Halloween:

“We received the fantastic bag you guys made and absolutely love it! Hailey started using it right away and she says lots of people at her school admired it and asked where she bought it! I had already told her what to tell them! Thank you so much for making such a high quality, custom bag and sending it to enjoy before Halloween!”

Wendy followed up the message a few months later with a picture:

“She still uses it every day and it’s almost Christmas! Excellent job!”

 

Thank you Wendy and Hailey, you guys sent an awesome fabric!

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