fun and Durable , for the eco conscious

urchin bags

#Urchin Bags is a small eco-conscious company created by Clare to keep materials out of the landfillrethink   #reimage   #repurpose  

Hello! Is't me, the bag lady.
aka  clare

I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and after years of travel and working in Europe I returned to the West Coast of Canada. I love the beauty around me, including biking through the forests or walking down alleys with street art. In addition to creating Urchin products, I enjoy photographery, gardening, and playing with my cats. I find great freedom in biking touring after my first trip cycling across Canada during the summer of 2010 with my sister. Since then I have cycled around Iceland, Alaska, Norway, Argentia and local trips around the Island. My latest odsession is Pickleball!

I had an plan to make a something from an expired banner and after a few broken needles I had made myself a bag! A few complements from family and friends later and I was stitching them all bags too.
I created Urchin Bags in 2007, a few weeks after I had bought my first sewing machine and it has evolved over the years.
My favourite materials I like to work with are punctured bike tubes, used seatbelts, scrap upholstry vinyl and none employed airbags.

Hard at work!
Collecting seatbelts at the autowreckers