Hello! I'm Jahna, owner and maker at Urban Sewing. I started sewing when I was in 5th grade, using my Mom’s home sewing machine. Throughout middle and high school I made stuffed animals and simple garments, and altered old clothes that I found in my Savta’s closet. Then for several years I was busy serving in the IDF and going to college.
At the end of grad school, after getting my first job, my Mom gave me a new sewing machine as a gift. But it wasn’t until I got married and my lovely twin daughters were born that I really got back into sewing. I made drapes and pillows and Halloween costumes, and I learned how to quilt; and eventually I got into making bags. This too was thanks to my Mom. She saw a handmade tote while we were shopping for fabric for a new quilt, and I decided to buy the pattern and make her one for her birthday. It looked great, but the style just wasn’t “me,” so I started making up my own patterns, experimenting with styles and fabrics, learning techniques from books and online tutorials, and picking up complements from family and friends.
And now here I am, with my own online shop – Urban Sewing – making bags that I truly love.
Each Urban Sewing bag is designed and sewn by me in my sewing room at home, with thoughtfully chosen materials, and careful attention to each detail and stitch. While I always start with one of my patterns, I alter the dimensions and features of each bag to take the best advantage of the materials at hand. I use textiles and hardware that are either made in the USA, upcycled, or purchased second hand whenever possible. I scour the internet for products manufactured in the USA. I hunt through thrift shops for second hand fabric or clothing with interesting colors and patterns. I also stop at antique malls on a regular basis and have found old flour and seed sacks, bank coin bags, US mail bags, and even some old ballot bags from 1966!
The results are one-of-a-kind bags that are conscientiously crafted – for you.
I believe that every resource the world offers us – whether human or not – is precious and we should treat it with respect. That is why each bag is conscientiously crafted – from the selection of textiles and thread and hardware, to the attention given to planning and cutting and sewing. I strive to use as many second hand, repurposed, and upcycled materials as I can. And when I cannot, I look for products that ethically are made in the USA. I design and make each item by hand, by myself. Each is unique and infused with my passion for crafting.