PPC23: the Inspiration & the Original Sketch


As I’m writing this post I can’t believe I’m starting what very likely will be our THIRD new pattern of 2020 and its only the 2nd week of September! And that’s even after having gotten a really late start on our first pattern of the year, (the Side Slinger) due primarily to my knee surgery in late 2019!

But unfortunately that’s what happens when there’s a pandemic and the Quilt stores all shut their doors and our Retail Shows, our Quilt Market AND our vacation ALL get cancelled! Yeah, 2020 has pretty much been a bummer hasn’t it, but maybe if we get this third pattern done by Thanksgiving, we’ll be able to claim a small victory in that? Only time will tell, but for now, let me walk you through my inspiration for this new design as well as the original sketch!

It may seem a little weird, but my inspiration for this design is actually a “blast from the past”! The bag in the picture above is our Polso Pouch which was actually only the 4th pattern we ever published (WAY back in 2005). It was quite successful but was VERY small, designed to work either as a shoulder bag, or as a wristlet…. which should give you a pretty good idea just how small it was! (and just so you know, even though the Polso Pouch is now retired, we still have a few copies left at half price HERE).

So… as I was rummaging thru my older samples a couple weeks ago, I came across this Polso Pouch sample and thought to myself… “EUREKA!” If I increased the size of this sample considerably, it might just make a fantastic ergonomic backpack/slingbag. And given the popularity of our Sling Along, I think it could be a well-received addition to our pattern line. What do YOU think?

So here’s the original sketch…
check it out & I’ll tell you more below!

So I see this new bag as being much larger than any of our recent patterns have been and right now I’m planning on roughly 16″ tall and 9 inches wide. And as is common for us, I envision it as being carried in a variety of ways, (as a shoulder bag, a crossbody sling bag or a as a one-shouldered backpack).

Many of you will be pleased to notice that I’m planning several types of pockets, one of which will be a pocket for a water bottle, as well as several zippered or magnetic-snapped pockets. I’m even planning an extra-special zippered inner pocket large enough smaller tech devices or even concealed carry if desired.

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

So does this new design appeal to you? And can you see yourself carrying it? And of course I’m always interested in what features you’d like to see us included at this early stage of the game, so feel free to leave your suggestions or comments in the space provided below.


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  1. Beth Hall on September 21, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the final result!

    I like the shape of the design in the drawing!

    The sewn piece shown is too oval!

    • Kat on September 21, 2020 at 6:06 am

      And I can’t wait to SHOW you more! 🙂

  2. Mary L on September 21, 2020 at 6:04 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this evolves! I like bigger bags and while I enjoy seeing the features in all of your bags, many of them are too small for my liking. This bag reminds me of one I had many years ago that I really enjoyed—with way more features than what my old bag had!

    • Kat on September 21, 2020 at 6:06 am

      It’s been a while since we’ve brought a larger bag to Market and we all need one now and then, right! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  3. Corinne on September 21, 2020 at 7:37 am

    As wintertime approaches I prefer a larger bag. I am still carrying my Everyday Attache’ and I love it. When the snow flies and I need gloves, Kleenex, hand lotion, and more. Can’t wait to see how the bag evolves.

  4. Dawn King on September 21, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Looks good! I would love to see it have a coin pocket, cash pocket, and card slots. I love a purse that has those built in and I don’t have to carry an extra wallet. Everyday Attache is my favorite for that reason!

  5. Debbie Mullinnix on September 21, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Love this larger version! I still use my Polso Pouch even though my phone almost doesn’t fit in it! It’s great for neighborhood walks with the dog…carries essentials without the bulk. Since I love the shape, something a little larger will be even better!

    • Kat on September 21, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Yes, the new smart phones sent several of our designs into retirement! 😀

  6. Pattie Fietz on September 22, 2020 at 5:59 am

    I really like this. Can’t you just see it in Laurel Burch fabric??

    • Kat on September 22, 2020 at 6:17 am

      I would LOVE to see it in Laurel Burch!! 🙂

      • Nancy Rosa on September 22, 2020 at 6:53 am

        Looking forward to seeing this develop. I think it will be a wonderful addition to your line.

        • Kat on September 22, 2020 at 5:28 pm

          Thanks and I hope you’re right! We could sure use a boost after the year we’ve had! 🙂

  7. Kim on September 22, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I love this especially in the larger size. I think it might work for my pickleball paddle and accessories.

    • Kat on September 22, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      I’m not too familiar with the sizes involved for pickleball… but maybe?

  8. cheryl D EMERSON on September 24, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    how about some kind of tab that you could ‘hang’ your car key on. i just finished by everyday attache bag and i love it. got 3 more patterns to make but they are also on the smaller size so looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!

  9. Beth Burdett on October 14, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Love this idea of recycling an old pattern! Can’t wait to see your finished design and pattern. I really love all your designs and I always look forward to what you come up with next!!! Thank you so very much. You keep my sewing machine busy and that allows me to make many family and friends very happy!!

    • Kat on October 15, 2020 at 7:24 am

      Thank you so much! You absolutely made my day! 🙂

  10. Pat L on February 28, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    This looks just like the bag which has been on the market for years, called the Health Back Bag. I’ve owned two over the last 30 years. My biggest complaint is the width. Also the narrow top is unusable space. I’m probably going to order the pattern so I can customize the size like I want.