The Little Bird Designs: Purse Review
I hadn’t even met my brother’s fiance, Aimee, and already she was making quite an impression on me.
My dad and step-mom had gone to Ontario to attend a family wedding. Aimee sent along a shirt she had sewn herself for my parents to bring back for me as a surprise. The shirt, or wrap shirt I believe it is called, is a lovely shade of purple. It fits perfectly and is so pretty.
A few months later, my brother shared Aimee’s Facebook page The Little Bird Designs with me which showcases her many fab creations.
I browsed through the pictures and found out that she sews purses! And wallets! I was flabbergasted and in awe. I knew I had to have a set.
So, I contacted Aimee and she said she would love to send me one (the pink set pictured below).
Lucky me, my birthday was also approaching and she was kind enough to send me an extra purse (the funky fun green one pictured below) as a gift from her and my brother!
The purses are impeccably sewn. Not a stitch out of place. (Not that I was inspecting or anything.)
What I love about Aimee is that she uses these fantastic and funky fabrics. She tends to buy patterns that are being discontinued and thus, ensuring you own a very unique, one of a kind item.
Each purse features a snap closure and inside you will find a zippered pocket for additional storage.
The inside of the wallet has a place for six credit cards; includes a zippered pocket for change; and two bigger pockets, one on each side, to store cash, etc.
I am truly in awe of Aimee’s talent!
These items are really well designed, functional and funky. I have received many compliments on my lovely bags already!
To learn more about Aimee and The Little Bird Designs visit her website at thelittlebirddesigns.weebly.com.
As a thank you I decided to do a feature on Aimee to help promote her fabulous home business. Please enjoy the interview below that I did with her via e-mail.
1) Tell us about yourself (where you are from, how old, what your occupation is, etc.)
My name is Aimee and I’m 26 years old. I was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario where I currently live with my son and fiance. I am a full time Esthetician during the day and do most of my crafting in the evening.
2) When did you realize sewing was a passion of yours?
I’m not really sure when I realized when it was a passion. However, my passion for creating purses and bags started shortly after I had my son. I nursed so never really needed to carry around a huge diaper bag with bottles or receiving blankets as he never spit up and could never find a small bag to just carry the basics in! My first few prototypes of the bags were awful and eventually I just ended up carrying a small pouch with diapers and wipes right in my purse! After that I decided to get into designing my own bags and wallets to personalize exactly what I would want or need in a bag!
3) What was the first project you ever completed? Do you still have it?
I don’t remember the very first thing I created because I started sewing and crafting so young. The one project I fondly remember though was the two sheer blue dresses my one sister and I made together when I believe we were in 8th and 7th grade. They were in fabric of the same colour and I made mine no problem at all and ended up having to finish hers because she was and still is horrible at sewing. She will still admit to that today! We loved the dresses (at the time of course) and looked just adorable matching! I believe the dresses were eventually given to a family friend quite a few years later who needed a prom/grad dress for her daughter!
4) What age were you when you first started sewing?
I’m not sure when exactly I started sewing. My Mom doesn’t either as she is frequently asked this question as well. The best way I could describe it is that as soon as I could stand and understand the sewing machine I started sewing. The women in my Mom’s family have all done some sort of craft. My great-Grandmother and Great-Grandfather used to make hand sewn quilts that they would spend hours painting and embroidering on. They were beautiful and I still have some of them today! My Grandmother has always done sewing and passed it down to her daughters who all quilt or knit/crochet.
Growing up I had all kinds of inspirations around me. In my house we always had a craft room/area that we all used. One Christmas we had an entire Crayola Christmas where all we were given were Crayola crafts, markers, crayons and papers.
My Mom now owns her own alterations business with my Step-dad right out of their home. Watching them build their business up has really inspired me to do my own work out of my house as well!
5) What is one project you would love to create that you haven’t yet?
The perfect craft station is a project that one day I will create. I am always drooling over the amazing rooms and craft areas I see online and hope that one day I will get to make one equally as awesome!
The only other project I would love to create is hand knit or crochet socks. I cannot knit to save my life and I crochet too tight to get the size right but one day I am going to master making a cozy pair of socks!
6) What kind of sewing machine do you use? Do you use any other equipment?
I have 4 sewing machines actually! All of which have been given to me or found. My main sewing machine is a basic Brother machine that I use for all my basic needs. It’s my go to machine for everything and was a Christmas gift from my sister. I have an older Kenmore sewing machine that has a bunch of neat stitch designs that I use when I want to put on an applique or for sewing really thick fabric. It’s a heavy machine that can handle the thicker fabrics so it’s only used as needed and I found it left over from a yard sale with a free sign on it!
I also have a Kenmore Serger machine. He does all the inner edges of clothing and the fun edges and ruffles on dresses and shirts. I was lucky to get this one from my Grandmother. She had bought all the possible attachments and only used it a few times and because my mom already had two sergers it was given to me! My last machine is an old built in table Singer sewing machine. I haven’t used this one yet as it was just given to me fairly recently from a friend but the table has become my main sewing table!
I also have a large selection of scissors with specific uses, rotary cutters, a stack of pliers and a large selection of rulers and tape measures!
7) How do you find time to sew being a busy mom and working full-time?
I don’t generally find it hard to find time to sew or craft. The hardest thing is finding the energy to do so. My son is incredibly crafty and artistic so he usually finds something crafty to do while I sew. I also have an amazing fiance who is also incredibly artistic. So, we tend to all do our crafts together and if not the two of them find something to do so I can sew or craft uninterrupted. I have always had my sewing machines out in the open so I have never really had to child proof my crafting area as he just knows not to touch things and what things hes allowed to use!
8) What is your favourite project to make and why?
My favourite project is my wallets. I got the pattern for them online so the design itself is not mine but I receive tons of compliments on the colour and pattern choices of the fabrics that I use. They are the quickest things to make and my biggest sellers!
9) Where did the idea to start The Little Bird Designs come from?
I started my online business as a way to get my name out to people I didn’t know and for those I do, to share with their friends. The name “Little Bird Designs” was inspired by my mother. When coming up with a name I wanted something personal yet easy to remember as well. Whenever I call my mother she always tells me she has to turn up the speaker volume because her “little bird” is calling. The saying has stuck with me for many years and now has become a recognizable business name for my sewing and crafting.
10) What are your future hopes for your business?
My main hope is for people to realize that handmade purses and accessories are just as awesome as designer ones. I find designer items can sometimes be poorly made and mass produced which is why most of my designs are limited. I want people to have items that are just for them and only them without thousands of other people having the exact same one!
I would love to get into one of the local stores in our downtown as many of them carry local designers and crafters. It’s a hope that I have for the day I have enough stock ready and can actually approach a business!
Disclosure – Complimentary products were provided by The Little Bird Designs for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the above review are honest and my own.