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Pam Washer

Pam Washer at sewing machine

Pam Washer

RagBags, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

All of Pam’s bags are one-of-a-kind — made without using patterns.

They are made on a 1958 Singer Featherweight sewing machine that belonged to her husband’s grandmother. She’s made over 3,500 bags on this machine!

Most of the embellishments on Pam’s bags are also repurposed — items such as broken jewelry, vintage buttons, and various decorator tassels and trims.

Pam makes custom bags to order, using any material you might be interested in repurposing. Contact us for details on custom orders.

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About Pam Washer

Pam came to Appalachian State University from Shelby, North Carolina, in the late 1970’s, and never left! She has lived in Blowing Rock for over 35 years and started RagBags in 2005. It all began when a friend of hers wanted her to come up with something to sell in a craft sale she was having. She had never done anything like that before but she saw an article in a magazine about how to repurpose wool sweaters into handbags. She had always liked the idea of repurposing and recycling so she decided to give it a try. She sold almost every bag she made for that sale and was hooked!

Now, RagBags’ handbags are made from a variety of materials — whatever happens to find her! This includes discontinued decorator fabric samples, book covers, carpet samples, game boards, VHS tape, and many others!

Pam’s work may be seen at Monkee’s of Blowing Rock, Blue Ridge Artisan Guild gallery in Wilkesboro, Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis, Art on the Mountain in West Jefferson, and other seasonal events.

Custom orders available. Please contact us for more information.

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