In Ramonville, Madeleine, a nursing assistant at the Purpan University Hospital, was passionate about making recycled jeans bags associated with colorful fabrics. A success !
Used jeans that she recovers, washes, dismantles, cuts and ends up assembling with other scraps of colored fabrics, including wax, to create bags. Of all sizes, all colors and for all tastes.
Here is the new passion of Madeleine Mussel. When she is not working at the Purpan hospital, this palliative care aide heats her sewing machine at home in Ramonville. Since the covid, Madeleine had to make a hundred bags, so three quarters are now on sale on her online store, under the Obamsbags brand.
During confinement, she offers herself
a sewing machine
This new passion took shape during the first confinement when Madeleine decided to afford a sewing machine. “Then, while sorting through my son’s and my husband’s signs, I found myself with a pile of jeans on my arms,” she recalls. Madeleine decides to reuse these clothes to make a bag. “When I’m at work with it, all of my coworkers loved it,” she says. It did not take more to encourage our caregiver to continue. At first, Madeleine sold a lot by word of mouth. “Everyone who bought me a bag fell in love with it,” she says.
Mostly self-taught but the daughter of a Cameroonian mother who is a seamstress (all the same!) Madeleine needs two days to make a bag. “I think I received family fiber. For my bags, I do everything including the cord which is used to close them and which is my signature ”, she confides. As the requests arise, the apprentice seamstress notices that she keeps improving. “For example, I started sewing backpacks at the request of a colleague and I got there,” she says. “When I start, I never really know where I’m going, it takes shape little by little, like a puzzle,” she explains.
Applied, generous and inventive, Madeleine also puts all her love to work to meet the expectations of her clients. “I personalize my creations a lot, which makes them original and unique works”. Like her !