Tag: custom-designed bags

eThreads rePurpose Testimonial: Trina J.

We recently launched eThreads rePurpose, a service in which we turn your old favorite t-shirts, jackets, blankets, etc… into fabulous new bags!  Trina J. sent us two amazing pieces that she picked up in Japan – a large square tapestry and small scarf – to be transformed into new bags:

We had just enough fabric to create the Ruffle Tote and Kiss Frame Purse for Trina and here are the results…

Trina was very happy with the bags:

“I got it!!!  I absolutely love them!!!  I will carry them with pride.  Thank you so much.  I am sure I will be telling your story to many many people.”

Thank you Trina!  Do you have a favorite item of clothing or piece of fabric?  Let us make you a fabulous new bag!  Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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Updated Bag Design: The Pouches

We are updating all eThreads designs in 2010 to be sleeker and stronger. We started with the popular Large Tote, and now we’re updating the eThreads classic, The Pouches! Offered in Small, Medium and Large, The Pouches are a staple in any accessories collection. They are great wallets, makeup bags, travel pouches and casual clutches. With our new updated design, The Pouches are even more versatile! Now you can add a Wrist Strap or Clip-On Ring and carry the bag as a wristlet, clip it to your belt loops or combine all three for the ultimate convenience.

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eThreads rePurpose: Large Pouch Napoleon Dynamite T-Shirt Bag

This Large Pouch is made from a recycled t-shirt! The shirt was a green adult Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt with the phrase “Don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting on-line with babes all day!” We cut up the t-shirt so the full phrase is on the front and the back is plain. This bag is perfect for any Napoleon Dynamite fan! The bag is 6″H x 9.5″W and is lined in a purple nylon for durability. The Large Pouch is a great size to hold all your necessities – sunglasses, wallet, cell, keys, makeup and a little room to spare! Add a handle or ring to carry the bag like a wristlet or clip to your belt loop.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt of item of clothing that you can’t bear to throw out? Repurpose it! Send us your old t-shirts, skirts, jackets, baby blankets — whatever — and we’ll lovingly repurpose into a bag of your choice! Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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Testimonial: Betty T.

“I just got it today and I love it! Thank you so much! I will be sure to get lots of compliments thanks to you.”

Betty T., Worcester MA

Do you like the bag?  Click here to design one just like Betty’s!

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Testimonial: Trina J.

“I love my bag!  It came today.  I am looking forward to sending you some things to make me other bags.”

Trina J., Hamlin WV

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eThreads Gift Certificates

Give the gift of design with an eThreads gift certificate! It’s perfect for the creative woman in your life who would love to design her own bag. Great for birthdays, holidays, graduations, bridal and baby showers, or just because.

The gift certificates are offered in $25, $50, $75 & $100 increments. If you prefer a specific amount not listed here, send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com to set up your own unique gift certificate.

After you purchase the gift certificate, you will be emailed with a code and redemption information.  Happy gifting!

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New Bag Design: The Ruffle Tote


Meet a new design in our family — the Ruffle Tote!  This fabulous bag features drawstring ties on each side of the bag, so you can cinch it small or expand the bag to a massive 22″.  There are two secure interior pockets and a loop to clip your keys.  The padded handles are 27″ long and anchored by 4 grommets. Take this bag for a day of shopping, a trip into the city, a beach excursion, or use in your daily grind to fit in everything you need — books, bags, jackets, the kitchen sink — whatever!

I road-tested this new design on a recent trip to L.A. and loved it. It carried everything I needed to go from day to night — jacket, sweater, scarf, book, notebook, flat shoes — PLUS all my usual stuff — several pouches for my wallet, camera, purse oddities, etc… On the days I carried less stuff, I just cinched the tote smaller and it looked like a cute little bag!

You’ll be able to design your own Ruffle Tote by Summer 2010. Can’t wait until then? We understand. There are samples for sale in the Blog Shop or design your own; contact emily@elementalthreads.com for more details.

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New Product Design: The Card Wallet

We are renovating Elemental Threads in 2010 by improving the website, expanding our product line, revamping old designs, and introducing new custom-made bags!  Meet the newest design in our family — the Card Wallet.  This case measures 3″x4″ and was designed to hold your entire wallet in a small compartment.  It features six pockets made of durable rip-stop nylon and an elastic to keep the case securely closed.  I love the Card Wallet because it expands to hold a lot — I stuffed FORTY cards plus cash into the wallet and still had room — and the elastic still keeps the case securely closed.  Every other wallet I’ve used closes with a zipper or snap, and that limits the amount of stuff you can hold in the wallet.  I’ve seen too many ladies with over-stuffed wallets they couldn’t close and we wanted to fix this in the slimmest way possible.


Pair the Card Wallet with a Key Ring Pouch and you’ve got all of your essentials tucked into one secure package.  I’ve been using my Card Wallet and Key Ring Pouch for the last few weeks and it has really simplified things.  I sent samples to my friend Heather who asked me months ago to design a cell phone pouch. She was excited with the bags: “I love it!!! It fits my phone plus a few other things and I love that it has the removable wristlet.  I love the matching card holder too. It’s perfect for when you are heading out and don’t need everything you normally carry. The fabric is great too.” *UPDATE* Heather just sent further praises: “I’m a big fan of the bag and wallet that you sent me a few months back. I even detached the strap and used it when I went snowbaording. I just kept my phone and the wallet in the bag and put it in my jacket and it was awesome. Didn’t get wet or anything. I love it!!”

You’ll be able to design your own Card Wallet and Key Ring Pouch on www.elementalthreads.com by April 1, 2010.  Can’t wait?  We have a few for sale in our Blog Shop or you can contact us to design your own.  Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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December Special: 10% to Charities

eThreads is a socially-responsible custom-made handbag business. We use eco-friendly fabrics, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, use recycled packaging and all products are handmade in Boston, MA. To further our mission, we are thrilled to announce our December Special in which we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations!

Every organization has a referral code, and for every order using the code, we’ll donate 10% of the sale to that organization. We have many wonderful organizations participating in the December Special and we urge you to use one of these referral codes with your next purchase!

View the list of organizations below and click their links to read more about the groups and their mission. If you wish to support the group, place an order, checkout with Google Checkout, and use the referral code. You can design your own bag or choose something from our Blog Shop. You get a fun new accessory, the charity gets a donation. Everybody wins!

Do you know of an organization that would like to receive donations?  Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com and we’ll be glad to help!

Amnesty International/Boston College Chapter: Code: BCAmnesty. Amnesty International is a non-profit, grassroots activist organization that seeks to protect the human rights of all people in all places at all times. BC’s Amnesty chapter seeks to make students aware of the power they have to influence world events – and protect human rights – through political activism. Click here to read more…

Brady’s Smile: Code: BradysSmile. Brady’s Smile, Inc. was created by Annie and Matt Hinton in memory, love and honor of their son, Brady. It is their mission to help make life easier in the newborn and pediatric intensive care facilities for patients and their families. Click here to read more…

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Northern Essex County/Kappa Alpha Theta Boston Metro Alumnae Chapter: Code: CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization that trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by court judges to represent the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected. Click here to read more…

Deviated Theatre: Code: DeviatedTheatre.  Deviated Theatre is a dance/theatre company founded in 2008 in the Washington DC metro area by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan.  The company performs all original works, created and choreographed by the Chans, which have been described as “operas of movement, rather than song.”  Click here to read more…

E The Environmental Magazine: Code: EMagazine. E Magazine, the Nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference. Click here to read more…

Friends of El Faro/Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage: Code: FriendsofElFaro. Founded in 2000, Friends of El Faro visit and support the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected have found a home here, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved. Click here to read more…

GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network): Code: GENAustin. GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that equips teen girls with the skills to navigate growing up female and to make wise choices. They don’t just build strong girls, they build girls of influence! Click here to read more…

Greater Boston Kappa Delta/Mary’s House Family Shelter: Code: GreaterBostonKD. Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897, is a national organization for women committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness. They support Mary’s House Family Shelter, which provides temporary housing in central Waltham, MA for up to one year for eight homeless families. Click here to read more…

Health Awareness Services of Central MA: Code: CURE. Since 1976 Health Awareness Services has been providing health care and social support to the people of Worcester County and the Metrowest Region. All services are accessible, affordable (in most cases, free) and client-centered. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Environmental Club: Code: LesleyEnviroClub. The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Running Club/Margaret Fuller House: Code: LesleyRunningClub. The club’s mission is to motivate students and faculty from the community to train for local 5k races that support charitable causes. This year the club is working with the Margaret Fuller House in Area IV of Cambridge, MA an inclusive community house that hosts many local events like community breakfasts and a tri-weekly food pantry. Click here to read more…


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Win a FREE Bag!

We are running a giveaway with The Fashionable Gal in which you could win a FREE Ring Pouch or Medium Pouch of your own design!  Imagine the possibilities.  The contest ends 11/20 at 11:59 pm EST.  Good luck to all!

The Ring Pouch clips to your belt loops or bag handles for a hands-free way to carry your essentials with style. Design your own at www.elementalthreads.com!

The Ring Pouch clips to your belt loops or bag handles for a hands-free way to carry your essentials with style. Design your own at www.elementalthreads.com!

The Medium Pouch is lined in nylon for durability so it’s great for cosmetics and travel. Design your own at www.elementalthreads.com!

The Medium Pouch is lined in nylon for durability so it’s great for cosmetics and travel. Design your own at www.elementalthreads.com!

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