Lara Howe Designs

Springfield, Oregon
United States

My first sewing experience was when I was about 6 or 7. My mother gave me a little sewing kit and using the fabric from a dress I had out grown, sat beneath the apple tree in our backyard and stitched together my first purse.

Years later in my home economics class, Mrs. Kuesler introduced me to the sewing machine and a hot iron and well.... I knew in that moment I had found my "chocolate" in life. You know, the thing that really gets your creative juices flowing and just down right makes you happy. 

It wasn't until our second child was born that I had the idea to sell some of my homemade creations at our local handcraft market. That was 30 years ago... I am still selling at that same market to date.

Thanks to my customers at the Eugene Oregon Saturday Market who pushed me to go on-line with my products, I now ship my bags all over the world now... It just amazes me. Every sale puts a smile on my face and inspires me to keep creating. It's a blessing, as sewing isn't something I's part of who I am. I can no more stop sewing than breathing, it would seem. 

I thank you for visiting my shop and hope you enjoy what you see! If you do...please share or tell a friend. Word of mouth has kept me in business for 3 decades now and I count my blessings for y'all daily!

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I'v seen this persons work, it's excellent quality. The only issue with my purchase was entirely the fault of the us postal service who sadly lost my bag and are now giving me the run around on the insurance this seller was wonderful enough to have put on the package.
Well made bags, prompt customer service, and fast shipping. This is my third purchase from Lara (fourth, if we count the one at the Saturday Market), so I'm definitely a huge fan! I love her bags so much that I buy them as gifts.
Purchased as a gift for Mother's Day. She loved it and kept exclaiming how well made the bag is, and how perfect the size is for her cell phone and slim wallet. I liked the selection of fun fabric patterns. Overall great experience from Lara--fast shipping and responsive customer service. I will be back for more!
The hip bag is well made. I will be using it alot.
The bag is well made. I will be using these a lot.
I'm a returning customer and I love Lara's messenger bags! Just by holding these bags you can see how well made they are. This one has a really beautiful leaf pattern fabric and it's expertly sewn and constructed, as always. Also the shipping was very fast. I'm very happy with my purchase
This is such a cute backpack. I love it! It's the perfect size for me to take to work. Thank you!
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