My Story

Welcome to my family owned bag and yarn company.  Thanks for stopping by. 
Everything you see here is made by hand.
Located on almost 5 acres in rural Washington and surrounded by lush cherry and sweet apple orchards sits our modest farm home where I make everything in my shop by hand.  Hi, I'm Katherine and I'm the owner, designer, creator, yarn dyer, package shipper and fairy dust sprinkler here at The Handmaker's Bag.
My bags are made from quality 100% cotton fabrics and my own pattern designs. Add in sturdy interfacings, plush battings, unique elements, attention to detail and stitch it all with love and you have, what I like to think, is the perfect bag.
You will also occasionally find yarn in the shop. My yarns are dyed in small batches with the greatest of care. I start by soaking bare yarns in a citric acid bath and then apply acid dyes and speckling by hand. Once the dyes have been fully exhausted the yarns are soaked and rinsed in a fragrance-free lanolin enriched wool wash until they are fully clean of any loose dye. They are then hung to dry in the crisp country air of the Pacific Northwest.
Water is recycled throughout the dyeing process to help reduce water waste and then used to water the lawn and plants around our home.
And although they may seem small and insignificant I didn't pass up any details on my progress keepers and stitch markers either. I use lightweight charms, nothing heavy or cumbersome to pull at your stitches. I’m a knitter too and I know how irritating that can be.
My company was started in 2016 but I have years of experience.
I began sewing for my family more than 25 years ago. I first fell in love with fabric and the art of manipulating it when I was just 16 years old in a high school home-ec class (remember those?) but it would be many years later before I would own my first sewing machine. In 1994, inspired by the birth of my first child I purchased a sewing machine on a whim and taught myself to sew, expanding on those basic skills I had learned in that long ago but not forgotten class.
I went on to make many of my children's clothing including my daughter's entire kindergarten wardrobe and an adorable John Deere short set for my son for which I won a first place ribbon in the local county fair. I also made a few quilts and while I do enjoy the piecing I hate the actual quilting of them. I had the honor of sewing the flower girl dresses for my daughter's wedding in 2017 and when I’m not sewing bags or dyeing yarn I can be found stitching up cute dresses for my granddaughter.
Over the years I have tried many crafts including quilting, cross stitch and scrapbooking to name a few. I learned to knit in 2012 and it changed my life forever.
Inspired by a need to store my WIP's (I am known as the Cast On Queen) and my love of sewing and knitting, I began sewing project bags. At first for myself and then for friends. I soon realized how much I enjoyed designing and making the bags and in 2016 I started The Handmaker's Bag.
Later that same year I would get the dying bug and in 2017 I developed a line of hand dyed yarns with my daughter and together we started Twigs + Twine Yarn Co. As my daughter grew busy with raising a family the yarn line became part of The Handmaker's Bag line of products.
I am committed to providing my customers with high-quality handmade products and excellent customer service.  If you ever have a question about one of my products, your order or you just want to say hi, you can send me an email at katherine@thehandmakersbag.store
I thank you for supporting my small business and hope every bag and every skein shows my dedication to producing quality products and brings a little joy to your life.