PPC18: Put it on my Tab!


Just when I thought I pretty much had the Packlets design down pat… a not so funny thing happened!
It became frighteningly apparent to me that something HAD to change about this design, and that something was the strap! Now I know this may be disappointing news to some of you, but believe me, it’s for the best!

It really came down to a serious construction issue with primarily just the double-zipped Packlets. The first strap attachment was a piece of cake and absolutely problem free, but the second attachment… was a king-sized problem.

Here’s the reason why!

The last strap attachment actually takes place very late in the construction process… AND perhaps more importantly, it takes place at a VERY unlikely time. Picture this is you will…

1-You’re almost done with your double-zipped Packlets
2-You’ve completely forgotten about that loose strap end because you haven’t even SEEN it since step 22 (out of 32), and…
3-because its buried DEEP within the bag which is of course, lining side OUT at this point!
4-and lastly, and perhaps more to the point, you’re in the final steps of this project, which are at this point quite intuitive because they are SO similar, if not exactly the same as the steps you’ve worked thru twice already!

For these reasons it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’ll NOT attach that last strap attachment at the proper time and by the time you realize your mistake (when you turn the whole bag right-side OUT and see that dangling strap), it’s almost too late to fix it (without 2.25 hours of ripping out stitches)!

How do I know this?

Because this is what precisely happened to me not once, not twice, not three times mind you, but all 4 times I made up a double zipped Packlets. That’s when I said, “ENOUGH! There’s got to be a better way!” And there is!

They’re called TABS!

So whenever you find yourself wishing that I’d left the Strap option in the Packlets pattern, ask yourself… “Which would I rather be doing on my one free afternoon to sew, starting a new project… or spending the entire time ripping out stitches?


And just so you know, we’re close… SO very close to releasing the Packlets pattern!

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19 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I am looking forward to this pattern! Love your patterns

  2. Paula Nierengarten

    These are beautiful. Can’t wait to make up a set, and get my traveling organized in style!

  3. Thanks for catching the strap issue & saving me oodles of time as I will be ordering this pattern!

  4. Oh, that’s sad…I saw that as an easy way to carry it or hook it to another bag.

  5. Are the tabs going to be big enough so that we could possibly add a half ring or grommet or something that we could attach a removeable strap to if we wanted?

  6. Oh my goodness! Four times!!! I’m glad you removed the strap although I did think it looked nice. I’m not sure I could handle all that ripping!

    Your samples are beautiful!

  7. I MUCH prefer the tabs.

  8. I appreciate the time you take to make a new pattern
    and realize a problem. Thank you.
    I sure do not need a tab!

  9. I’m excited about this pattern. The bags are cute and the fabric choice you choose makes them even more adorable. I’ll be ordering the pattern.

  10. I think the tabs work beautifully! Can’t wait for the pattern to come out.

    • Sounds great to me! I hope you’re on our newsletter list joan, because I always give first access to those that are! 😉

  11. I can’t see myself needing a strap at all. The tabs will help zipping or unzipping. My husband’s dop kit has a strap and I have never seen him pick it up that way. I am looking forward to this pattern to make new matching travel cosmetic bags. Mine have gotten a little tatty.