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Functional & Fashionable Accessories: 10 Stylish Handmade Bags To Add To Your Accessory Collection

Dec. 16, 2013
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They may say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but so are purses! Filled with a lady’s secrets, a purse is a special place for many women to store their personal possessions. Designer handbags may be on the lust list of many, but don’t forget the one-of-a-kind, handmade bags that indie crafters and artisans produce! From our guide list, you can find that new everyday or evening bag you’ve always wanted for any occasion that help you keep some of your “home” with you everywhere you go. Whether you’re looking for a stylish backpack or a simple clutch, our guide has many varieties of purses and bags for you to choose from.


by Hashi Bags

Tired of carrying purses and bags with shoulder handles? Free yourself from the burden with Hashi Bags’ grey and black fold-over clutch! This clutch features a chic and modern styled design and a whimsical leaf attachment, allowing you to secure your belongings in a stylish way. Whether for a date or a day out, this clutch can follow you anywhere at any time. With a fold-over feature, this clutch can be smaller for you to hold and still be fashionable. You can also use this clutch for your iPad or other tablet.

 French Print Messenger Bag

by Hobbit Bags

Dreaming of the day you get to go to Paris? With the Hobbit Bags’ French print messenger bag, you can take Paris with you anywhere you go! With a vintage-like design, the French motifs on this messenger bag gives it a lovely and elegant appearance. The thick, adjustable strap and the sturdiness of this bag allows you to use it for many years to come, whether for professional or school use.


by Fjoki Grop

Travel with the stars with Fjoki Grop’s navy blue, white star printed travel bag! This travel bag is perfect for organizing your toiletries, jewelry or cosmetics and having them in one place so that you don’t need to fumble around, looking for your belongings in your luggage or purse. Find more wonderful and colorful drawstring travel bags in Fjoki Grop’s shop for bridesmaids’ gifts, birthday gifts and more.

 Red & White Polka Dot Cosmetic Bag

by Muri

Keep your cosmetics in one place with Muri’s red and white polka dot cosmetic bag! Made from sturdy, cotton fabric, this cosmetic bag is sure to keep your makeup secure for a long time. With a simple yet adorable satin ribbon accent across the body of the bag, this cosmetics bag is a fun, girly organizer, making it a great gift for her.


by 5 Plus

Uniquely shaped yet adorably fashionable, 5 Plus’ cylinder leather cross body purse is a fun way to keep your necessities with you everywhere you go. Made with brown cowhide leather and cream colored lamb leather and lined with cotton fabric on the inside, this bag is made with high quality materials. With an adjustable strap, you can wear this bag on your shoulder or across your body, making it a versatile bag as well as a stylish one. A decorative, leather-made tassel has been added to the bag for an extra touch of fun and style.

Chocolate Brown Unisex Canvas Backpack

by Bagy Bags

Pack for winter holidays or for school with Bagy Bags’ chocolate brown, Nordic-patterned canvas backpack! With neutral coloring, you can pair any outfit with this chic backpack and still be stylish. This backpack has nine pockets that helps you organize your belongings and give you plenty of room for storage. The outside clasps and inside magnetic flap on this backpack gives you a secure storage area for your personal items.


by Hello Violeta

Show off your nautical sense with Hello Violeta’s nautical-designed cross body bag! A white linen canvas is used to create the body of the bag, and a white anchor covered, navy blue canvas is used to make the flap for this satchel. The inner lining of the bag is made with navy blue linen and has an anchor print pocket to store your secretive belongings. With a detachable handle, you can carry this chic bag as a clutch or as a cross body or shoulder bag.

 Waxed Canvas Hobo Bag

by Creazioni di Angelina

Let Creazioni di Angelia’s large, waxed canvas hobo bag take care of your personal items! As a spacious bag, you can carry books, cosmetics, clothing and even use it as a small packing bag for short, weekend vacations. With a small pocket on the inside, you can also have a secret space to carry your most precious belongings. This bag comes with a thick, brown and adjustable strap and the canvas bag comes in a unique dark coffee color, giving this bag a great color combination. Carry this bag everyday with you to help you organize your essentials.


by Maybe Mabel

Carry cosmetics and other personal items in a chic and trendy way with Maybe Mabel’s navy blue fold-over clutch! With a white, bird-patterned design and recycled, brown leather part on the front, this clutch is a great accessory for everyday apparel. With a detachable, handmade handle, you can turn this fold-over, handheld clutch into a wristlet to make it more secure. Find more girly, elegant and swanky bags in Maybe Mabel’s shop!

Purses and bags, with many shapes, forms and purposes, are essential tools in a lady’s life. Whether for cosmetic storage or keeping your wallet safe and sound, a purse or bag will only serve to help you and give you a sense of style at the same time.

Be sure to check out our indie coupon directory for great finds and deals on handmade goodies!

Written by Emily Nguyen, a core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.