PPC11: Sketchbook Snaps


in our last post we showed you the inspiration behind the bag design which will be the focus for this our latest round of Purse Pattern Chronicles and we promised that next on our list was showing you the original sketches we made prior to beginning our design work, and true to our word, here they are!


This sketch (admittedly crude) will give you a basic idea of the silhouette we’ll be attempting to achieve. My plan is for two completely separate tallish storage compartments (one located in front and one in the back of the bag).  They will be separated by a zippered and somewhat concealed storage area in between them (you can see the zipper on the side in the sketch above).

I haven’t yet decided how I want to “jazz-up” the bag front. I don’t want a true bag flap, but I do think that this area will be in “need” of something interesting. I’m not wedded to this look above and I’ll probably be experimenting with a few options. I’m open to suggestions if you have any?

And even though I know it’s hard to get a sense of size from a sketch, but right now I’m thinking that I want this bag TO be on the larger size (although certainly not near as big as Mary Poppin’s bag). The last two bags patterns we released were on the smallish size, and since one of the most common questions we get asked is whether or not a particular bag design will accommodate an iPad or an iPad mini, I want to make sure I can answer that question with a “Yes” this time around.

As you can see in this interior view (above), I’ve planned for 4 totally separate storage areas in this bag. There will be roomy storage in both the front and back pocket areas (for an iPad or a small Porta-Pockets purse insert). And in-between these two areas is the zippered area for items that need more security. I haven’t decided whether I’ll be including a divider in this area or just leaving it as is. I might carry the first sample and see what feels right to me.

There will be 2 shoulder straps and I think this bag could be carried cross-body quite easily if desired. And if you’re wondering where the 4th storage area is, I would direct your attention to the bag exterior where you can see the exterior zippered pocket (which will be on the back).  So…that pretty much concludes our tour!    🙂

And now… It’s YOUR turn!

Are the features we’ve included in this new design of interest to you? Or are there design elements you would prefer seeing? I’m looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the space provided below.   🙂

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21 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. LOVE it! This is exactly the kind of bag I like best. Looking forward to following your progress with it!

  2. So far I love where you’re going with this. I like a small bag, but when traveling on the train sometimes I need more storage. Because of this a very stable bottom would be helpful, maybe with feet. And quick access to small pockets for phone and earbuds, maybe slanted/cris crossed fabric on front for this?

  3. I would love some box pockets on the front.

    • Hmmmm… not a big fan of box pockets Dawn, but you can be sure we’ll be making the front more interesting than it shows here. Right now we’re trying to nail down the basic silhouette and then we’ll add the “fun” stuff. Stay tuned as we make our modifications? 🙂

  4. I agree with the box pockets on front it is plain looking on front maybe zipper pocket on back

    • Carol— please see our comment to Dawn above.. 🙂 We still have some work to do on the front, but its very early in the process so far! 🙂

  5. Tammy Gericke

    This bag is of so much interest for me that I’m delaying starting a bag I want to make until the pattern is available. It is for my mom and she likes a big zippered compartment for her wallet but she also needs some more accessible compartments for her sunglasses, reading glasses and other things she’s taking in and out all the time.

    • I’m glad the sketch piques your interest Tammy, but this pattern may not be available until sometime in September. I hope Mom can wait that long? 🙂

  6. One of my favorite bags was big enough to hold a fat wallet (squarish) and *2* pairs of hard sided glass cases standing on their side. There was an outside pocket that had a flap with a snap that held my (very rarely turned on & used) cell phone. A key thing for me on the inside was lots & lots of zippered pockets – not skinny where they held squat and tall pockets (open) for me to hook my pens on, so they had to be sturdy and not woosey.
    The bag “cover” was a big flap that came over with a pocket of course and this was where my car keys went. I think it closed with a strong snap. I know there was a big zip around pocket too because I like a place where I can keep my money wallet that also held my drivers license (yes, cash & drivers license are NEVER in my real wallet) and a separation which was suitable for my receipts from shopping trips or whatever, (I keep every single receipt that has sales tax on it to put on my income tax return. They add up!!!)
    Unfortunately I wore out the leather strap (shoulder lenght but had a handle too) and it couldn’t be repaired. 🙁
    As much as I love your inserts – they just don’t take the place of that bag . . . sigh.

    • Thanks for commenting Gabriele. Sounds like you have a whole Christmas list of handbag wants. I doubt we’ll be able to include all of these and you’re right… our purse insert selection is designed to attend to most of these needs, but stay tuned. Its very early in the process and we have a long way to go before this design is complete! 🙂

  7. Norma Heaton UK

    This looks like exactly the bag that I want; shoulder straps for cross body are essential to leave my hands free, big enough to take my porta-pocket and my Kindle securely, and possibly my iPad too. Needs to be strong to carry all that weight. Really good initial design! Well Done!

  8. I like all the storage space. It should be easy to find things in this bag, if I don’t give in to the temptation to overload it! Seriously, compartments in a bag are much nicer than one large space in my opinion. I like your sketches so far and look forward to the next installment!

  9. It would be too small for my 10.5 x 7 inch Samsung tablet. I’d love to carry it along with my purse contents.

    • My iPad (with the cover in place (which is very much padded) is 9.8″ X 7″ X 3/4″ and it fits fine. If your tablet is thinner (without a cover) it may just fit.

  10. Chris in South Jersey

    Looks like another hit out of the ball park. I can already see this as a Christmas gift for my mom. She is loving her guardian bag to death.

    • I can actually see this bag as capable of being used as a concealed carry bag if the inner zippered area has a purse zipper installed so that one side can be partially unzipped!

  11. So excited to see a new design be born and grow! Just received your latest patterns and so excited to make them. And just finishing making the wrapsody. Your patterns are always so detailed in their instruction and I appreciate the extra pictures on the website when trying to see close up how to put a section together. Thanks so much!