An Amazing selection of
Tote Bags, Purses & Accessories!

More than 20 different styles, with almost 900 gorgeous fabrics to choose from.

Fabrics range from stunning to subtle, whimsical to sophisticated, classic to modern.

Affordable - Purses and tote bags range from $15 to $45; accessories from $4 to $10.

Lightweight - Comfortable and easy to carry.

Useful - Pockets, adjustable straps, key-clips, and more.

Easy Care - most bags are flat, for easy packing or storing. Almost everything is washable.


A few large purses and small purses have been added to the SALE groups. We have also added a category for sale Commuter bags. See Fabric samples> categories 29-34 for all sale bags.

I can bring some SALE TOTES ($19-20; regularly $27-28) to the Sunday Market on non-rain days. Call me if you would like me to bring these.

My market schedule: On Thursday October 1 I was not able to go to the Northville Market. The Northville market is open through the last Thursday in October.
I will be at the Ann Arbor Farmers market on Saturday Oct 3, from 8 to 3. On Sunday October 4, I'll be at the Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan Market from 11 to 4.
I try to do all three market days every week, but a bad weather report can keep me home at the last minute. Call in the morning on market day to confirm, before making a special trip... (734)525-3549. My outgoing phone message will tell you if I went to market, or if I did not go, I will answer the phone!


New fabrics are being added to the web site often. It takes a few weeks to cut and make purses and accessories in the new fabrics.
Please see the new category "Top predictions for 2015." This page shows you about 60 fabrics that I expect to be especially good sellers. "Darens Favorites" (category 25) is another interesting list - some of those fabrics are quirky and I don't expect them to be best-sellers, but they are unusual and I love them.

"I've been designing and making bags for over 40 years. I have an eye for color and a passion for beautiful and unique fabrics. My styles are simple and functional.
I probably look at more than 10,000 fabric swatches a year, searching for well-designed fabrics that will work for me. It's like a treasure hunt.
Daren Otis

Daren's 2014 From the Heart Giveaway Last year I celebrated volunteers by giving away bags to deserving individuals. I'm still asking you to help me find these hidden heroes. Do you know a person who gives lots of their time to a cause? Please nominate them and I will continue the project!

THE WINNERS in 2014...
Click on the links below to read their stories

March 2014 Winners
April 2014 Winners
May 2014 Winners

Note: These are PDF files so you will need Acrobat Reader (a free program) to view them.

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