Wow this project was a long time coming! These U-Handbag Smart sewing Kits where dreamt up quite a while ago, but we had no idea that they would end up looking as delicious as they do! It's a 'goodness me!' culmination of my petite (uber-multi-talented) team and my dogged determination to spread the joy of bag making further afield. It's a totally organic and in-house affair; from the bag designing, to package design, to all the photography. We even pack the kits ourselves here in Brighton. Truly Indie and truly British!
The kits come in these cute buff-coloured coffee style pouches with pretty 'Brighton-esque' packaging. They contain all you need (except thread). This makes them THE perfect crafty gift or a rather nice treat for yourself.
Some of you may be wondering what is the difference between the sewing kits available in our shop and these smart packaged kits. Well, the obvs difference is the packaging! Our amazing Sarah hand drew EVERYTHING you see on the pack front, yes even the fonts are hand drawn. She drew most of what you see on the back too.
The packaging was designed to look rather tasty on a shop shelf/rack. We wanted the packaging to not only look delicious, but be totally informative for the customer (nothing is worse than not knowing what is inside a pretty package). With our kits you get to see the fabric, see a photo of the finished item, see a what's inside list, and see a what you'll need list. We wanted to make shopping for our kits fun and easy!
As for the designs themselves, they range in skill level from easy to confident. Because customers of our shop tend to be more seasoned sewers - than folks who may be interested in these smart kits - I have written all the instructions to be newbie friendly. It tuned out to be a good decision. Our team of lovely pattern testers were almost all newbies and (with the exception of a few scratch-head moments) they found the instructions to be pleasant to follow. The instructions are written and presented in my usual 'clear-as-day' text and photo style.
The Simply Smart Clutch. Rather yummy and rather-goes-with-everything.
I hope you like the look of these new kits. These kits are not available to buy in U-Handbag. I've decided that it's better to support indy fabric/craft shops by not competing with them to sell these kits. Instead, we'll support stockists by giving shout outs for shops who are kind enough to carry our kits. :)
If you like our swanky new kits please ask your favourite shops to stock them. Our T&Cs are friendly and we're very nice to deal with. Or if you are shop who want to stock our kits please get in touch with us for more info.
U-Handbag Smart Kit Stockists (we'll add to this list with each new stockist):