PPC17: Of Purple and Paisley


in our last post, we told you that we only had a few more samples of our new design to show you before we have to make that all-important decision… choosing a Cover Bag!!! But for this round, I used fabrics from Ivy Lane’s “Imperial Paisley” collection. This purple focal print hit all the right notes with me and I hope you like it too! I’ll give you all the particulars for these fabrics at the end of this post, following a little tour of this beauty!

Here’s the full-on view. This fabric actually showcases two completely different focal print areas that could have used and as lovely as this turned out, this was NOT my first choice. The combination of a fairly large repeat and the unlucky cut I received, precluded me from using the area I had intended, but it all worked out.

This pictures gives you a good look at three of the four storage areas this design affords. The front pocket area is clipped securely in place at the moment, but drops down to reveal an ideal spot for your cell phone or keys. The zipper pouch is totally secure and very roomy and the secret niche area behind it mag-snaps in place and is sized right so that you can even place your iPad there!

Here’s how the secret niche area looks when its empty. As you can see there’s plenty of room for car keys, sunglasses and anything else you want fast access to!

And the fourth storage area is located on the back side of this bag. This pocket is full-width AND full-height which is perfect for paperback books, greeting cards and other oddly shaped items.

My favorite way to carry this bag is as a shoulder bag. It’s very comfortable to wear and the 1 1/2″ wide strap distributes weight well and stays in place on my shoulder! There’s a clip ring located on BOTH sides of the bag which makes it a quick and easy thing to relocate the strap and wear the bag on the opposite shoulder!

And if handsfree is what you’re looking for, this bag can actually be worn as a chestpack or as a backpack and once again, the extra clip ring provides the diversity of being able to quickly change which shoulder carries the bag!


And now some fabric information for you…

All 3 of these fabrics are from the “Imperial Paisley” collection by Ivy Lane. They are as follows:

Exterior– “Paisley in Navy” (yep, looks purple to me)
Contrast– ‘Scroll in Navy” (again… looks like purple)
Lining– “Paisley in Gold” (and this is as yellow as yellow gets!)



So… with that

I’m proud to say that I’m basically done making samples that will be candidates for the Sling Along pattern cover. I do plan on making and eventually showing you one more sample because its my opinion that this bag could easily work as a “Man purse”, but I may not show it to you for a bit because I’ve got to get busy and pick out our cover model, so stay tuned for our next post in this series which is always one of my favorite posts of the year! That’s because I’ll recap all of the cover candidates we’re considering for that coveted position and we’ll be letting YOU play the part of designer and offer up YOUR choice!

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

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  1. Totally love this one! I am with you, the color looks blue. I had a car this color in ‘94 it was called Laguna Blue. My family called it my jellybean.. I know a few grandkids who would love this bag for school! Thank you & I can’t wait for pattern release!

  2. What a fun fabric combo! I’ve been seeing similar bags on occasion lately—maybe I’m just noticing them more! Either way, I’m excited to see this roll out—I love seeing what you come up with!

  3. I do like the colors of this. However when I saw the pattern I thought of marijuana leaves. And nope as a CDL holder I don’t use. So maybe just me. Pretty but my favorite is still the southwest fabric. Got my fabric all ready to go. Can’t wait.

  4. Love, love the fabric!

  5. Besides the great design, I love the way this bag can showcase a beautiful fabric. For prints with larger motifs one usually has to choose what stays and what goes. Thank you for bringing us a bag that looks very functional plus the added ‘canvas’ area to be creative. A good example was the fabric with buildings. Can hardly wait to give this one a try!

  6. I’m very curious about the zippered pouch. Is there any organization built into this design? Credit card/cash slots? Will one of your purse organizers fit inside?

    • Not this time Sandie. As detailed in the post, there are 4 separate storage areas in this design. You can get a LOT of stuff in these areas, however, none of them are what i would term as cavernous and in need of an organizer. There is room for a pocket or two though, if thats something you felt inclined to add. 🙂

  7. Definitely this one.

  8. Mary Jane Dunn

    I love the concept of this bag! Will definitely want to try it out when it’s ready for purchase

  9. What a gorgeous bag. I think that when you introduce a new pattern, I say that it is my favorite one….until the next one. But this one shows off the fabric so nicely and also looks like a very handy bag to carry.

  10. This looks like such a great bag to carry. So excited to see the beautiful way a fabric motif can be highlighted. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing so much of how you create. Love to use your patterns to make unique bags.

  11. Is it possible to preorder this pattern…..I love it

    • Thank you so much for your inquiry and I’m glad you like our new pattern Cathy, but unfortunately the service we use has supplied no mechanism for preordering. So Sorry. 🙁

  12. This is so beautiful. You are an artist at fussy cutting! I still think you’ve ‘outdone yourself’ on this one!!!

  13. This fabric combination is my favorite for this bag… COVER BAG for sure!❣️❣️❣️

  14. I think the purple paisley is the right choice because it’s the best photogenically & overall most appealing. Just the quality & style we expect to see on your new cover!

  15. Purple paisley is the design that has the best contrast so it will show up well in the pattern and on line. The fabric is also similar to a number of your other design choices so it think it reads as a Kat creation.