Being a somewhat arts-and-crafty minded person I have always been obsessed with the 'do it yourself' or better yet 'have someone else do it for you' kind of enterprise. One of my favorite shops on Newbury Street is Lill Studio, a bright little place filled to the brim with various handbag designs and oodles of gorgeous fabrics. The idea is that one walks into the shop, grabs whatever pretty fabrics that catch the eye (stock changes often) and picks a handbag pattern. Choose a color for the exterior of your chosen bag, piping, ribbon or handle detail as well as an interior fabric color and hand it off to the shopkeeper. In about two weeks time your personally designed bag will be ready for pick up!
I once bought a girlfriend of mine a gift certificate to this shop JUST so I would have an excuse to go back again myself (well, maybe she deserved it too!) From adorable little evening clutches to functional messenger bags, Lill has it all. The shop even offers belts, shoes and makeup cases for your designing pleasure. And if the current fabric selection doesn't tickle your fancy, stop in again next month to check out the new batch of fabrics. Too busy (or lazy) to head down to Newbury Street? You can also order your bag online. The website allows you to overlay each fabric selection onto your chosen bag design. Fun and altogether too tempting (I currently have my eye set on a particular reversible design...)
220 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
*Locations also in Chicago and Kansas City*
Images from http://1154lill.com/