PPC20: Inspiration & Sketches

So…

here we are again! We’re at the front-end of that  l-o-n-g  process that eventually culminates in a brand new bag pattern! It’s exciting, and scary, and fraught with possibilities all at the same time and I especially love this part of the process for these reasons and many more!

So let’s jump right in now and let me you a little about what I was thinking for this new design! And here’s the deal…

The sales on the Sling Along have been the best since the Quattro years ago. I just had no idea a sling bag would resonate so completely with our customer base!

Which got me to thinking…

What if I developed a smaller version? What if it were sized perfectly for a road trip or an excursion or a quilt festival. What if it were big enough for the essentials you need at a quilt show or for a day trip?

And then I added a little twist…

What if you could reconsider at the last moment and carry it as a hipbag… or even a shoulder bag?

Right now I’m envisioning 4 separate and interchangeable attachment areas which would make it entirely possible to carry this bag as a shoulder or cross-body bag or to wear it as a hip bag by simply changing the way the strap attaches to the bag.

I haven’t thought through the bag interior yet. You know me… I like to carry the “gorilla sample” for a bit before I flesh those details out, so stay tuned to next post in this series when I’ll show you the “gorilla sample” for this new design!

And now…
it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what your initial reaction is to our ideas for this next design, and what features woudl YOU like to see in the interior sections? 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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29 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I love this idea. Since I developed some shoulder problems a couple years ago, I carry a very small cross body bag. I’d love one that has other carrying options. Genius!

  2. I have nothing for you. Your bags always have everything and a special place for it so I look forward to see what you come up with next!

  3. Barbara Ballard

    Interesting. I take a lot of day trips to interesting places on buses that our church sponsors A small cross body is what I like to use, since it leaves my hands free. I’m anxious to see how this develops.

  4. Carry on, my friend. You know I’ll buy in.
    But take your time. I have to catch up.

  5. Love the shape you have going with it. Looks like it’ll be another great bag. I’d love to be able to keep my phone in it…maybe in the secret niche so it’s easliy accessible without having to unzip it.

  6. Saw the pic and before reading thought it might be one I could use on front of my bike or hang on a walker similar to the HipBag Hybrid. Look forward to following along.

  7. I absolutely LOVE the idea of multiple strap uses. Looking forward to seeing the next step!

  8. I love this idea looking forward to make it very innovated.

  9. I like to have a key strap attached inside so they don’t get lost and a pocket perhaps for makeup essentials.

  10. I like a smaller bag but need one that will hold my rather largish phone and a safe place for my glasses, built in coin pocket, place for what my grandfather called folding money, credit card slots and my key fob. I find most smaller bags have most but not all presently working on a Go-Go Compact but one can never have too many bags.

  11. This bag is what I have been looking for! Cannot wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love all your bags. I will be following this one closely. It just might be the bag for me. Thanks.

  13. barbara reeves

    I have used the same cross body “wallet” for years and years and I keep promising myself that I will make one of your designs (as well as about 100 other things on my to-do list!) I wish there was a bag that when I sling it across, and the strap between, my rather overly ample “puppies,” that the strap wouldn’t delineate them so extremely. I know that the weight of what I have in the wallet (phone, coins, business cards and folding money) makes the wallet pull down helps to accentuate the girls. Tis a dillemma!!

  14. pockets, pockets, pockets….can never have too many pockets….love the hipster option idea

  15. Love your bags and I’m all for something smaller! Including some type of built in mini wallet or organizer, like some card slots, a bill pocket, a zip pocket, for instance, so the big wallet could stay at home, would be nice. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this time.

  16. It’s always nice to have a key clip. So the keys don’t get buried in the bottom of the bag. I know this is a small bag but I add a clip to all the bags I make

  17. I love all the bags and this is sounding like the perfect solution! Can’t wait to see it! Maybe you should call it “Just Right”!
    Carol B

  18. I just completed my first Sling Along & love it! The smaller size would be great while shopping, at a quilt show, etc. My main “wants” would be 3 pockets for my cell phone, cards, & keys & then I would be raring to go!

  19. Small but not too small. I have one that makes it tough to get anything out. I need glasses, keys, wallet, lipstick, phone, pen, small notepad minimum. Keep up the good work.

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