Fresh Twist on Personalized Birthday Gifts

Polka Dot Market is becoming known for our large initial applique bags and gifts - our Big Initial Bags (tm) are very popular! From the beginning, our initials have served as a "fresh twist on personalized gifts" - something different, unique and totally custom-made for our customers. We always want to keep our applique designs new and vibrant while maintaining our quality and value. So we have recently added our Big Initial Birthday (tm) line of gifts.

We hope you will stop by and check out the collection. It includes initials and numbers appliqued to bibs and tees. Oh my goodness - we are having too much fun designing these personalized applique birthday gifts for you!

Our Cupcake Shirts and our Birthday Number Shirts are now on sale through August 15th. Order early for the big birthday party and SAVE! Click to see all of our polka dot birthday shirts and bibs.

My youngest daughter is turning one on August 5th, so moms I am right there with you trying to get everything ready (and perfect) for her first birthday party. We are doing a teddy bears party theme - any suggestions for kid-friendly activities for all the 3- and 4-year-old siblings and friends?

Have a fantastic day everyone,

Fall Paisley Custom Fabric Bags

Love green and chocolate brown for fall? Me too!

Paisley & Polka Dots Collection -
This is our newest custom fabric bag for our fall 2007. The bold lime green paisley decorator fabric was a must-have on a recent shopping trip. In fact, we bought the entire bolt!

We paired the green paisley fabric with another favorite for the interior lining: Michael Miller's Cocoa Dumb Dots (chocolate and white polka dots).

This bag design is available in any of our custom bag sizes. Starting at just $35.00.

Just wanted to share this new product with you. More to come!
See more custom paisley fabric bags at Polka Dot Market.

Monogram Church Bag for Kids

True story:
Last Sunday morning, picture me running out of the house with THREE diaper bags filled with stuff for my two girls for church. One for my baby who needed a bag for the nursery, one for my preschooler filled with activities for the service, and one bag for me. I honestly tried to slim down the contents, but ended up walking in to church with THREE bags. It was a little embarrassing. Yes, each of my diaper bag were handmade with the cutest polka dot fabrics, but all together I looked pretty silly. I looked like a mom who couldn't decide which diaper bag to bring to church that morning. Here's what I absolutely needed from each bag:

For me - My wallet and make-up bag, panties and outfit for 3-year-old, juice box for ride home.
For my baby - 2 diapers, wipes case, bottle, snacks and change of clothes
For my preschooler - snack, paper, crayons, stickers, trains and her bear

Not that much stuff, right? So, here is my solution:
A SMALL "church bag" for each girl filled with exactly what they need. When I take the baby to the nursery, I proudly give them her small little tote bag, then my preschooler can carry her own tote bag to church. And I can carry ONE small handbag - that never happens!

I embroidered "church bag" on my bags, but you can choose to have their names or 3-initial monogram too! I have nearly every color choice of polka dot grosgrain ribbons too - pink, blue, green...pick your favorite for a free ribbon band and bow stitched to the top of your bag (front and back). Monogramming is FREE with the cost of this tote bag.

The best part? I get to walk in to church with ONE bag.

Here are some handy, mom-tested ideas for quiet church activities for your kids (they can help pack their own Church Bag each week):
  • Coloring Pages (alphabet, animals, construction, trains, bible stories). Click for free coloring book pages - no pop-ups, some ads.
  • Low-sugar snacks like crackers, cereal, grapes, apples (avoid noisy wrappers)
  • Stickers (look for these free in your mailbox, or cut the free address labels you receive)
  • Tic-tac-toe
  • Magnet books
  • One favorite toy from home (this usually helps with getting them into the car)

I hope our new personalized Church or Name Bags at Polka Dot Market will make your Sunday mornings quick and easy! Each tote bag measures 9" tall, 10" wide and 3" deep with 12" handles (perfect size for kids and quick trips).

Click to design your own personalized Church or Name Bag for your little boy or girl at Polka Dot Market now.

Post a comment and let us know what you do on Sunday mornings with your little kids running around.

Back-to-School Polka Dot Purses in your colors!

We just made this Auburn University colors polka dot purse for a customer in Georgia and it is our new favorite purse! We love her design - she picked a navy and white polka dots fabric exterior and handles, a solid orange cotton interior and an orange grosgrain ribbon bow. She added two interior pockets, a magnetic snap closure, and a monogram in the Curlz font in coordinating orange thread too.

Her design made me about all of our favorite high school and college football games coming up this fall - and what a perfect way to support our teams with a polka dot purse in your school colors!

Back-to-school shopping is right around the corner too. Order your custom handmade polka dot fabric purses from Polka Dot Market today and surprise a special daughter, grandaughter, niece, aunt or best friend with an adorable purse in her favorite school's colors!

We have polka dot fabrics in nearly every possible color PLUS high thread count Kona cotton solid fabrics in nearly every color to create your one-of-a-kind school colors purse. Oh yes, and we have grosgrain ribbons in every possible color coming out of every drawer in our office!

We would be so happy to sew even MORE school-inspired polka dot purses for our guests at Polka Dot Market. I wonder which school will receive the most orders...which school will have the most polka dot purses at the first home season game?

Isn't it fun to think about football season coming up?

Come on over to the Market, walk around and take a peak at our selection of fabrics for your back-to-school polka dot purse. You can contact us any time for custom colors or requests too.

We have several purse and tote bag sizes to suit your back-to-school needs!

See you soon at Polka Dot Market,