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Jeanne Nivard - Jeanne's Bags

Jeanne Nivard I grew up in Philadelphia within a creatively-gifted family. My mother was a professional dressmaker and my father was a chef who worked in only the finest establishments. Both were trained in Europe. My sister paints all of the school play sets for her kids. Needless to say, we are an artsy family.

My artistic career started in fine art, I loved working with watercolor. However, I decided against a career in art and kept it as a wonderful avocation. After several moves we landed here in the Adirondack Mountain area of New York, near Lake George. It’s a resort area and a great place to raise a family. However, once the children started to arrive, there wasn’t much time to dabble with my watercolors. 

The creative void was filled with learning to quilt, not a huge step for me I thought since I already knew how to sew thanks to mom. I found there is plenty to learn in this artistic genre! After supplying all of my extended family with quilts, I looked around for something else to make. Quilted purses were becoming popular and I gave those to my female friends and family who live all over the country. I got lots of positive feedback and started Jeanne’s Bags, making purses for sale.

After evolving along the way, I now design my own purse styles and free-motion quilt each purse depending on how the fabric speaks to me. None of that common cross-hatch quilting for me! My purse philosophy is to create a functional work of art. Each purse is one-of-a-kind, I never use the same fabric for a particular style. That would be too boring for me!

My purses are sold at local craft shows and are available for sale at our regional arts council and other art and artisan-related shops in the area. I also enjoy making custom purses based on my current designs depending on the needs of the client. My clients enjoy coming to my studio and “playing” with my fabrics or choose fabrics and designs on-line through my website, My quilting friends have encouraged me to make patterns of my designs and finally I have taken on the challenge. I hope you enjoy my purse designs and have lots of fun making them!


Luna Pleated Tote Bag Pattern JB2-009
Large purse pattern.
Brook Purse Pattern JB2-008
Large purse pattern with 3 different closure options.
Audrey Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-007
Unique shoulder purse pattern.
Serena Shoulder Purse & Clutch Pattern JB2-006
Dual purpose purse pattern.
Veronica Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-005
Fun purse pattern.
Emma Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-004
Versatile shoulder bag pattern.
Karin Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-003
An all-purpose purse pattern that works for a work day or an evening out.
Julia Cross-Body and Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-002
This purse can be worn cross-body or on the shoulder.
Diana Shoulder Purse Pattern JB2-001
This purse pattern is simple to make yet sophisticated.