I discovered Sallie Tomato in 2019 when I started learning about cork fabric. Founder and owner, Jessica Barrera, is a talented and inspirational designer who offers online videos as well as classes to teach bag creation to sewists. Jess makes it so easy to grasp all the "how-to" sewing tips for bag construction.
The SallieTomato website offers an extensive collection of corks from Portugal and other fabrics, hardware, patterns, and all the goodies you need to make bags and more. You can purchase the Mackenzie pattern (in digital or printed versions) on the Sallie Tomato website, plus check out the Mackenzie kits with all the materials you need to make the bag. An excellent step-by-step video will guide you through the bag's entire sewing process.
My initial idea for this bag after receiving a floral cork sample. It reminded me of some designs that I loved from Mackenzie-Childs (my mom was an avid collector). Mackenzie-Childs is known for mixing up all types of stripes, checks, and floral patterns to create colorful and eclectic home accessories. My Mackenzie bag features a blend of black and natural checks, colorful florals, and solids. And, I have also created hand-drawn printed fabrics for the lining that coordinate beautifully with this go-anywhere bag.
The unique color blocking and mixture of textures sets this bag itself apart from others. Use your imagination to create a custom bag with your favorite colors and cork patterns that complement each other, then I will make your Mackenzie into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
NautiPup is dedicated to exclusively working with USA-based vendors (especially women-owned businesses). Be sure you check out Sallie Tomato...maybe you'll turn into a crazy cork lady like me!