Featured Member: Betsy and Bess

Betsy & Bess

Hello! My name is Elizabeth. I am the owner of Betsy & Bess.

My mother taught me to sew as a child. My mother is a talented seamstress, and I would often help her with her projects, cutting out pattern pieces, covering buttons, standing perfectly still for what seemed like hours while she pinned a hem. It wasn’t until later that I really began enjoying the craft she had taught me and started sewing for myself.

I construct my items out of repurposed fabrics from used clothing and other textiles, as well as other found materials, such as belts and metal rings. I also reuse shipping materials and recycled paper products when sending my product to the customer.

I am inspired by designs that are particle and adorable. I think a purse should be functional, convenient, and also attractive. I always keep this in mind when constructing my bags. I recently added three market bags to my shop which I am completely in love with. They are made from the most fabulous botanical print napkins.

Not only is my business eco friendly, but my home is as well. I have a compost pile which serves as the most fabulous fertilizer for our garden. Vinegar is the go-to cleaner in my home. It is amazing how versatile this basic substance can be! It is used nearly exclusively for all of my household cleaning. Not only is it eco friendly, it is also incredibly eco-nomical! For the few jobs that vinegar can’t tackle, I use all-natural, plant-based cleaners. I also use fabric products instead of paper. You will not find a paper plate, napkin, or paper towel anywhere in my home.

I joined the EcoEtsy team because I enjoy the company of others who share my thoughts on sustainability and eco friendliness. I am inspired by the amazing steps my teammates take toward these ideas. Being on the EcoEtsy team helps me stay focused and motivated.

When I’m not sitting at a sewing machine, you can find me teaching English as a Second Language to elementary school students. I also enjoy playing the piano, and have two wonderful, monstrous Dobermans whose company I enjoy immensely.


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  1. Love love love this!

  2. Love that pleated clutch – nice detailing!

  3. Wonderful use of fabrics and upcycling. Your lifestyle also is inspiring.

  4. I love the floral pleated shoulder bag. Really nice, and the purple ruffly clutch too! It’s nice to read these interviews, and to find out what I have in common with my teammates. Lovely shop and good luck with sales on Etsy!!

  5. what a wonderful artist you are ..beautiful shop and so nice to know you!!