Julia Cunningham

Handbags, accessories and gifts designed and made in Scotland

I am inspired by the amazing fabrics that are produced locally here in the Scottish Borders. The textures, colour and quality are outstanding and a delight to work with………….

The Idea

I try to create products that are contemporary, quirky and fun and these are often made from very traditional Scottish fabrics, tartan and tweeds. I use simple sewing techniques to produce practical, good quality products that are sculptural and exciting to use and wear.

I purchase cloth in small quantities – this influences and challenges me in how I design my products, keeping them unique and innovative for my customers.

Style & Quality

Working mainly in fabrics locally sourced from textile Mills in and around the Scottish and English Borderlands. Fine Scottish Tweeds, Tartans and fresh printed Linens and cottons.

Scotland and England both have a rich history in the production of high quality woven and printed cloth, and are much sought after through-out the world. There is an amazing history of this in the Scottish Borders although fewer Mills remain in production at this time.

I design and make a range of desirable accessories and gifts from my Studio in a beautiful small village in the heart of the Scottish Borders which is surrounded by the stunning Borders landscape and rich Scottish History.

My Collections

My accessories include Handbags, Scarves, Purses, Corsages and Brooches alongside my gift collection Frumpy Fairies, Cannie Men, key rings  with Cushions to compliment the range.

My Handbag designs are all named around traditional Scottish words giving them a unique, descriptive and fun element that relates to the style and construction of the handbag. For instance, there are SkeeriesFantooshes, and Peerie Poaks. They are often made in 2 sizes, “Wee or Muckle” and as a result, my trademark product is aptly named a “Muckle Fantoosh


The Maker

Julia lives in the beautiful village of St Boswells in the heart of the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Tweed. With its village green, cricket club, award winning book shop, restaurants and village shops. It is a stunning location to bring up a family and run a small business with her two cats.

Julia is a qualified Home Economist and for many years worked with adults with learning difficulties until she had a family. In 2006 she started up her own business working with textiles making handbags and Fairies from a tiny room in her home. In 2015/16 her husband designed and built a studio for her to work from, in the their garden.

Julia loves color and the texture of cloth especially tweeds, tartans and prints. You can see this through out her work. She is always striving to improve the quality of her work and keep it original and interesting.

Apart from her family and business her other great passion is bikes and she can often be found cycling around the borders, taking photographs and enjoying the beautiful landscape and historic buildings that she is lucky enough to be surrounded by.