About the Creator

Ethel CoffmanMy name is Ethel Coffman and I make these purses and totes.  (fact: I love making them!)  After my retirement until the summer of 2015, I was a quilter. Due to a serious health event in June 2015, quilting large items became a thing of the past.  But by His Grace, I survived; and being a purse addict forever,  I discovered the same design principles I used in my career as a graphic designer, and years of quilting experience, could be applied to create my own handbags and purses (Vera Bradley, now made in China, lost a good customer).

I’m a retired graphic designer, a devoted wife, proud mother of four truly awesome sons and four daughters-in-law whom I adore, and six amazing grandchildren. Also mom to a 95lb fur baby named Lupe.

My goal is to make 2-3 handbags a week.  And if you add up the cost of materials and my labor, you’ll quickly understand that it would be much more profitable to be a walmart greeter.  But not nearly as rewarding! I love creating beautiful handbags!

Well over 50% of Handbags by Grace profits go to Wycliffe Bible Translators missionaries Devin & Charity Schlote.

Ethel Grace
South Bend, Indiana and Pitkin, Colorado

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV