Welcome to Jeanne’s Bags! I am in love with fabric. There are so many interesting designs today. I am a quilter who also designs and creates purses. My purses are unique and no two are made from the same fabric. They are quilted depending on the fabric design, not the typical cross-hatch so common today. My purse philosophy is to create a functional work of art, not your typical department store purse. You will not see your purse with someone else when you’re walking down the street! My purses are made of 100% high quality cotton fabric. My passion is to match someone’s purse needs with fabric and design. Therefore, I really prefer to do custom work.
My name is Jeanne Nivard and I live in Queensbury, New York. My background is in both art and quilting. I grew up sewing with a professional dressmaker – my mother – and an awesome professional chef – my father. We are an artsy family.
I make my purses in my smoke-free home. I do have a cat that keeps me company once in a while. I have TONS more fabric at home so if you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact me! If you live in the Albany, New York area you may come pick out your fabric in person if you like! I am also offering gift certificates in whatever amount you choose and can purchase directly from my website using Paypal. Your ‘giftee’ can contact me whenever she wants to discuss the design of her one-of-a-kind purse!
Ready-made purses can be purchased through my website by contacting me. See them under the Shop menu. Or you can also check out my shop on Etsy or my shop on Handmade at Amazon where you can purchase already made purses. If you live in the Queensbury/Glens Falls area of NY, there are already-made purses for sale at the LARAC gift shop, Glens Falls, NY and also The McKernon Gallery in Hudson Falls, NY.
Often there is fabric left from purse-making that will no longer be required. Jeanne’s Bags has opened a SECOND Etsy shop that sells fabric pieces from 1/2 through 1 yard cuts based on $4/yard. If you are a quilter, sew or crafter, this is a great way to build up your stash for cheap or find a piece that is no longer in production. Over 150 fabrics are available. Check out JeannesBagsFabrics on Etsy! Since we are all inside with nothing much to do because of COVID, this is a perfect time to get into your craft mode.
A NEW Jeanne’s Bags adventure – making patterns for sale of some of my original purse designs! I am just getting started so there are only nine available so far – Diana, Julia, Karin, Emma, Veronica, Serena, Audrey, Brook and Luna – all very popular styles for me. They are available in either hard copy or downloadable e-pattern: through me via this website as a hard copy or emailed PDF, and Etsy as a digital download copy or a hard copy.
I also make purses for weddings – the attendants, bride, mother-of-the-bride, maid of honor. Typically, these are made of silk or satin and match the gowns involved. Contact me for more information if you are interested.
The Holiday Season is here and Jeanne’s Bags will be attending local craft fairs. See the details under the Events page. Trivets and coasters are also available ready-made for a lovely hostess gift for those holiday parties.
Fabric and style choices change periodically, so be sure to visit here often. Keep informed with new styles, fabrics and sales by signing up for my newsletter using the “envelope” button on the top right side of this page. Thanks for coming! Like me on Facebook for the latest news on Jeanne’s Bags!