PPC15: Kaleidoscopes Galore


as of our last post in this series, we were pretty much done making major changes and improvements in our new design for Fall 2017. Yeah, there were still a few notch placements to tweek, and a few places I wanted to experiment with procedure, but overall I knew it was time to stop sewing for a couple of weeks and get busy writing instructions (except for that double-card holder section I promised, right?).

First of all, this might just be the world’s most PERFECT fabric for a bag exterior, no? More about that at the end of this post, but seriously I do love this look and even though I rarely pull a bag out of our “stable” and keep it for my own personal use, that might be happening THIS time, because I LOVE this bag!

Here’s a shot of the promised & afore-mentioned double-card slot area. There’s room for 12 ID/credit/loyalty cards in this area with plenty of room leftover for a phone, keys and maybe a few more things! And even though its undetectable now, I made a BIG change in the way this section is constructed which I think is easier to illustrate and to accomplish.

Here’s a look at the bag back which goes to show you that this unique print looks just as great going as it did coming! I actually purchased a “panel’s worth” of this design (by Paula Nadelstern) which featured 3 different kaleidoscope prints AND a whole row of mini-kaleidoscopes which I used along the side edge of the bag and up thru the strap!

The Bag Flap over the main compartment covers an optional zippered entry. It would of course always be my recommendation to included the zippered closure, but I know there’s some of you who prefer to leave it out. I know its not a good habit, but even though I don’t ALWAYS zip my bags closed, whether or not they have a flap, I prefer having that option to fall back on for the times when extra security seems called for!

And now for a few obligatory details

The approximate size of this bag is… 12″ wide X 9.5″ tall X 4.5″ from front to back.
Bag Name– TBD… got any ideas???
Release Date– we’re hoping for early August
Fabric requirements
Exterior= 1/2 yard,
Lining= 3/4 yard,
Contrast = 1/2 yard (for Pocket Flap, CC Slots & Strap Liner)
Blender= 1/3 yard, (for Pocket Flap & Wall)


And now let’s talk about this delicious fabric by one of my favorite designers, Paula Nadelstern.

The main print is from Paula’s “Kizmet” collection for Benartex and the lining is is from the “Patternista” collection. Both of these collections have been out for some time now, so they may not be all that easy to find.

As a side note, Paula stopped by my booth at theΒ  AQS Paducah show and told me a bit about her new fabric collection to debut at the Fall Market in Houston. I’m hoping to procure some samples so I can make up a bag for display in the Benartex booth!

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what you think of our new design at this point in the process? Does the size of this bag appeal to you and do you like the double card slot we added in this round? And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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19 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. The design shown today is incredible. I would definitely buy a pattern to make this purse. I like designs that make you wonder how it was made!

  2. Carolyn Johnson

    I love this purse and will definitely buy the pattern. I would like to see some crystals added to the design on the front of the latest version.

    • I would love to see the bag you would create with these added crystals. It would be awesome for sure! πŸ™‚

  3. Barbara Ballard

    Love this! Love the strap design–easy to adjust. Love the interior card pockets–I hate getting out my wallet to access the loyalty cards. I definitely want this pattern!

  4. I love everything about this bag!

  5. I love everything about this bag! I think the fabric you used has made this my favorite of all your bags! I love the card slots you added, so convenient. I can’t wait until the pattern is available.

  6. I really love the fabric that you used for this bag. I need a new bag – haven’t made a bag in years but I do like this design and size as I tend to like larger bags. I believe that I have Paula Nadelstern fabrics from some years ago in my stash and have been reluctant to use them.

    • I’m a full-on Paula Nadelstern fan and I totally get the feeling of not wanting to cut into some fabric. I tend to “collect” in that way as well!

      • Bet the bits and pieces left over from her fabric would make a fantastic ‘crazy quilt’ !

  7. Not sure if I should ask this here or not, but since the bag includes slots for cards, I will. Have you ever used RFID fabric in your bags ? I ask as I just saw an ad on FB for a bag that has this, which made me look to see if it is for sale, and it is. Maybe good ?

    • I really don’t normally use RFID fabric. Its expensive and bulky. Aluminum foil works just as good and its a whole lot cheaper. πŸ™‚

      • Yes, it sure is expensive. Good to know your experience. Thanks. Yes, Al foil is definitely much cheaper.

  8. That is a gorgeous bag! That fabric is outstanding!!

  9. Gayla Martell

    I love this bag! Haappy to see all the slots for credit cards, looks very secure. waiting for the release of this pattern.