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Hi! My name is Lisa Lam and I can't stop making bags! Thanks for stopping by :)


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I am a craft book author and founder of U-Handbag - an online bag making supplies shop for bag making fanatics (and fanatics to be!) I came to be running a bag making supplies store sort of by accident, but as accidents go, it's the best I've ever had!

In the past I have owned a busy restaurant, completed a psychology degree, learnt how to make handmade shoes, made handbags and soft furnishings and I've worked as a play therapist (all of which has proven to be really helpful for what I'm doing now!)

I've enjoyed it all, but to be honest I'm happiest creating things with my hands and I'll give anything a go with the help of a few instructions.

I got into bag making for a couple of reasons. I know my way around a sewing machine because I have to alter my clothes a lot (grrr) and I was once given the most beautiful off-cuts from a curtain maker (lots of heavy silks). So I thought I would make myself some pennies by making bags(because they are quite quick and easy to put together) and selling them and they sold like... whooosh!

It got to the point where I was constantly sewing. Obtaining bag making supplies was becoming real pain (there was no single place to go to for all of the stuff I needed). I met other bag makers who complained of the same I thought to myself 'hang on, wait a minute'...thus was born on the 4th November 2005. Bless all of those who sew with her!

I now spend most of my time designing sewing patterns and kits, sourcing yummy fabrics, handles, patterns and metal thingamyjigs for bags and book/magazine writing. I feel I have truly found my calling!

If I wasn't running my business I would have been a drummer in a rock band - fact!


...where do I begin! sewing bags (now there's a surprise), and cooking anything as long as it doesn't contain offal. When my brain is available it reads, photography, running my business, walks with Beans (my dog), and life with my husband (who makes me laugh every day). I love comedy shows, a good boogie with my friends. other loves...films, Where? France, Thailand, Brighton, Spain and Amsterdam.