PPC17: That Ol’ Travelin’ Bone




our last post was all about the “gorilla sample” for our next design and after having carried it for a couple of weeks and treating it like… well, like a gorilla would, I had my little list of things I wanted to change or improve about this design before making it again, the result of which you can see at left.

This is the first true sample of the new design and by that I mean it has all of the features that I intend to include in the finished pattern.


So… let me give you a little tour!

For this sample, I increased the strap length in order to make it easier
for people of many different sizes and shapes to wear this bag as either a chest pack or a back pack!

 Here’s a closeup of the top clip area which I “loosened” up a good deal.
I’m much happier with the functionality of this area now!

In this photo you can see that now the top edges and corners of the outer Phone Pocket, Zipper Pouch Wall and Expander are all of equal height. Besides looking more aesthetically pleasing, the zipper looks SO much better too! No more rippling at the top of the Expander/Wall! Yippee!

I also added a Mesh Pocket in the Secret Niche area in between the Bag Back and the Zipper Pocket.
It’s difficult to photograph it, but I think you can probably make it out in this picture.

Of course my favorite feature on this bag is the outer Phone Pocket.
It’s SO easy to hear & access my phone when it’s in this pocket!
And last but not least there’s a VERY roomy zippered pocket on the backside of this bag as well. You might have noticed that for this sample I only added one base tab for clipping into the Strap, but I think going forward that I’ll be adding a Base Tab on each side of the bag to allow for the flexibility of wearing this bag on either side of one’s body!  🙂

And now, a few words about this fabric for those who might be interested.

This “travel friendly” exterior fabric featuring one my my favorite destinations is by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics and it’s called “Italian Icons”. The brown fabric is just a random brown cotton I found locally as is the red.

I’m not at all sure about a release date for this pattern yet but if I had to hasten a guess, it would probably be in mid-summer. I’ll keep you posted on that as we get more accomplished.


And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what you think about our new design at this point in the process? And as usual, I haven’t chosen a name yet and am open to suggestions if you have one! And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave your comments about these and any other aspects of this new design in the space provided below.



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9 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Oh my! This will be perfect for traveling and “gadding about town”.

    I agree you need to add a second hook on the bottom. That will not only give you flexibility for which side to hook the strap but ALSO you could use it to hook something else on–like my little flashlight.

    Hmmm….wonder if I can talk my sister into making me one 😉

    • Woo Hoo! I have an AWESOME SISTER!!!!!!!
      My sister said: Looks interesting….I’d like to try that pattern. Go ahead and order it and send me the pattern and fabrics you want it in.
      Now, I REALLY am excited about the pattern release!!!

  2. It looks wonderful– Just wondering if the strap is padded – or if there could be a small pad to slip onto the strap to cushion where it sits on the shoulder area. Sometimes the straps ”dig into” the part of the body where they sit, especially if the carrier is loaded! Also, will it fit under an airplane seat? Thanks! Anne

    • Thanks for writing Anne. And No, right now a strap pad is not in the plans. We’re using (or recommending) a 1 1/2″ wide strap which distributes the weight quite well, plus, this bag is really not much bigger than a normal purse, so unless you actually carry an ipad or two, I dont think weight will be an issue.

  3. I am so impressed. You used brown, reportedly your least favorite color to use, and it turned out very interesting and good looking. And I would never have thought of using the red & white zipper on the brown, but it ties the brown and patterned fabrics together beautifully. So – was this a coincidence or was it a personal challenge to use brown?

    • Well… just trying to work a little outside by box this time. I like the bag, but the exterior is honestly not my favorite. The next bag I will show you is ALSO outside my typical box but I like it much better than this one…. maybe because its not BROWN? who knows. 🙂

  4. I am not a backpack person (altho I do carry crossbody bags) but have been following your design changes for this pattern. It is really neat! Very good looking – much better than any other- backpacik I’ve seen – and very practical, to boot!