The Maker Spirit is alive and well at Rickshaw Bagworks, as evidenced by the fantastic turnout for our SF Etsy Pop-Up event last weekend. Rickshaw has been collaborating with the SF Etsy Street Team for two years now in an annual “craft your own” messenger bag project. SF Etsy members create their own “flap” designs, and Rickshaw assembles them into one-of-a-kind messenger bags. The latest round of bags are on display at the Rickshaw Factory Store in Dogpatch through August 15. The project is coordinated by Rebecca Saylor, founder of OodleBaDoodle and team captain of the SF Etsy Street Team. Rebecca is also one of the participants in the custom messenger bag project. I had a quick chat with Rebecca to learn more about her maker spirit.
Like me, Rebecca hails from the Midwest. Her grandmother was a competitve quilter, and taught her to sew when she was in grade school. Meanwhile, Rebecca’s mother made many of her school outfits. Rebecca’s present-day motto—“creating sustainably”—is derived from watching and helping those she loved make beautiful items from fabric scraps laying around the house.
Rebecca’s early training inspired a life-long love of crafting, and eventually a nice little side-business making adorable plush toys she calls "Lovable Huggables"—now powered by Etsy. Over the past four years, Rebecca’s OodleBaDoodle plush collection has grown to include her Hipster Owl, Steampunk Squid, Whimsical Whale, and even a huggable Golden Gate Bridge. Each of these original creations are made from designer fabric scraps. Rebecca is proud to offer "a little piece of handmade luxury" with each hand-crafted item.
When I asked about the partnership with Rickshaw, Rebecca beamed: “SF Etsy is our little niche in the Bay Area—a safe haven for artisans to share and sell their creations. It’s very inspiring to be a part of it, and to create a relationship with a company like Rickshaw."
As a lovely homage to her late grandmother, this year Rebecca created her custom messenger bag using scraps from one of her grandmother’s handmade quilts which was damaged in a house fire. As we say here at Rickshaw, “Every bag tells a story”, and Rebecca’s bag tells a heartwarming multi-generational tale of her maker spirit and heritage.
Rickshaw Bagworks is located at 904 22nd Street (@ Minnesota), in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch neighborhood. We’re open everyday, and we invite you to drop by to see the SF Etsy custom messenger bags, get a personal tour of our factory and checkout all of our other colorful bag designs. Dogpatch also features several fantastic restaurants, including a new BBQ brew pub and one of SF’s favorite ice cream shops. Discover some of the best kept secrets in San Francisco—right here in Dogpatch.
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