The Story of 3rd Life
It all began when a beautiful vintage curtain and a wooly tweed jacket met a trusty old singer sewing machine. The first 3rd Life bag was born and a passion for repurposing was ignited.
The sewing machine collection has grown and the techniques have been perfected over time, but one thing will always stay the same, all 3rd Life designs are lovingly made by hand from carefully selected vintage and reclaimed fabric.
3rd Life is a blend of old with a tiny bit of new, resulting in products that are unique as well as functional and durable.
To ensure quality, notions such as zippers, hardware and snaps are always new.
Interfacing is used to add structure and stability to purses as well as to strengthen the life of the fabric.
Genuine leather is often used to make straps and handles for 3rd Life bags. The durability of leather creates a strap that will stand the test of time.
Vintage & Reclaimed
We are so proud to be doing our little part to be sustainable by choosing to work with vintage and reclaimed fabric.
Thanks to the nature of salvaged materials, 3rd Life bags are most often one of a kind and can never be duplicated. Some items can be produced in limited edition, depending on the supply of fabric.
Any major flaws in the materials are avoided, but please keep in mind the story behind the fabric. Sometimes age can show in the form of patina on beautifully worn leather or a slightly faded vintage fabric sample. These small imperfections are all part of the character, charm, and history that is celebrated here at 3rd Life.
Meet The Maker
Hi! I'm Rebecca, the maker and owner behind 3rd Life. I'm a Mom, a nature lover and a collector of many things. When I'm not sewing there is a good chance I'm starting another diy project or thrifting. I am always hunting for interesting items I can use in my designs, finding worthy materials is half the fun.
My home sewing studio is located in Carleton Place, Ontario where I live with my family, a couple dogs and a tiny frog.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me!