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  • Writer's pictureBenson Li

The Art of Bag Creation: Understanding Turnaround Times

If you're looking to create a custom bag—be it for promotional purposes or to bring a unique design to life—you've probably asked yourself:

"How long does it take to have my custom bag made?"

The answer to this question isn't as simple as you might expect. It can depend on a myriad of factors, from the type of bag you're designing to the level of complexity in its production.

What is the turnaround time for creating custom bags?

The turnaround time for creating custom bags can greatly vary depending on different factors.

  1. Bag types: Do you want a backpack, tote bag, drawstring bag, lady's handbag, leather wallet, promotional bag, non-woven shopping bag, or plastic bag?

  2. How much custom work: Are you making a brand new bag, or just adding your logo to a pre-made bag for promotional use? The second option usually takes 2-4 weeks, and some companies such as MARCO Promos can even get you custom printed bags ready for shipping the next day.

  3. Bag difficulty: Is the bag easy to make or does it have special features that make it complex?

  4. Materials used: Some unique materials can take up to 60 days to get.

In the following sections we will focus on the bags that Orient can make. These include backpacks, tote bags, drawstring bags, and cosmetic bags. We're calculating times based on the bag being developed from scratch with a moderate level of difficulty.

  1. From the initial technical drawing to first sample: 2 weeks (14 days)

  2. Reviewing the first sample and providing feedback: 3 weeks (21 days)

  3. Creating the second sample: 2 weeks (14 days)

  4. Reviewing the second sample and providing feedback: 3 weeks (21 days)

  5. Final discussions before placing an order (e.g., price negotiation): 2 weeks (14 days)

  6. Confirming the purchase order and sourcing materials: 30 days

  7. Production following material arrival: 30 days

  8. Shipping from the factory to the final destination (including customs clearance): 45 days

In conclusion, with our four decades of comprehensive experience serving various industries and clients, we estimate that the process - from the submission of your technical design to the delivery of the final products - will span about 189 days, equivalent to approximately 6 months.

What is the turnaround time for creating custom bags?

How Orient Can Help

For more than 40 years, we Orient, a family-established bag manufacturer, have been dedicated to crafting top-notch products. Our commitment to integrity, professionalism, and ethics resonate in every backpack, school bag, laptop bag, tactical gear, gun case, tool bag, and makeup bag we make.

Equipped with production facilities in China, Cambodia, and Myanmar, we've expanded our business far and wide — earning the respect and trust of clients across the globe.

Remember, Orient isn't just a manufacturer; we're a reliable partner of your business. If you are looking for a new supplier, look no further! Contact us today!


Do note that some companies may choose to add a 'Salesman sample process' between the second sample and the final purchase order. This could be perceived as a small-scale trial order, allowing the sales team to receive the actual product and accumulate concrete sales figures. If this additional step suits your strategy, it would be prudent to account for an extra 45-60 days in the timeline.

This projected timeline serves as a reference when venturing to create your own unique range of bag products. We truly hope it will provide valuable guidance for your journey!

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