PPC24: Cactus Flower


since making the 1st sample for this new design I came across a new product (to me anyway) called Decovil Light. Since it came so highly recommended I thought I’d give it a try on this next sample but as it turns out, it was quite an experience. I’ll tell you all about it in the next post in this series, but for now let me just tell you about this particular sample and how it fits into my progress toward the eventual finished pattern.

I liked this fabric a lot but since I felt it was a bit busy to be used for the entirety of the bag exterior. I opted instead to use basic black for the side entry areas for this version. I also used bias tape to create visual interest & to outline the exterior pocket.

I also used our black & white ministriped zips which I felt would be the perfect foil for this fabric!

And after carrying the gorilla sample of this design for several weeks now, I’d have to say that this is actually my favorite feature! I love having certain loyalty and credit cards at my finger tips and this area is SO secure with the zippered entry!

And I’m not sure if you’ve yet seen our brand new bag lights that are now available on our website! For this sample I placed the bag light in the card slot area, but it just as easily could be placed in the larger back zippered area is that would be your preference. Either way, this little light makes it so easy to “see” the contents in your bag especially the “stuff” that always seems to lurk in the bottom areas!

And just in case you’re interested in duplicating this “look” here’s some vital information about this fabric. It’s rather obscure and its called “Desert Wilderness” by Boccaccini Meadows for FigoFabrics.com.

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

Does this design seem to be something that would work for your lifestyle? And is there a particular feature you wish we would include in addition to the ones you see? And don’t forget to stay tuned for the next post in this series when I’ll share details about how Decovil Light worked with this particular sample.

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  1. Beth on January 25, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Your fabric finds constantly amaze me! I like the purse light. I can’t tell for sure, but it looks like one could stretch it over enough to shine into both sides. One thing that might also be nice is an attachment for a key ring. I’m loving the look of this new pattern!

    • Kat on January 25, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      I absolutely think the light would stretch over to the other compartment. 🙂

  2. Susan T on January 25, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    I like the more square shape. What else is the front card holder for? What would fit in the section?

    • Kat on January 26, 2021 at 7:05 am

      Well Susan, this section is about an inch wide from top to bottom and of course you know this is not a firm, rigid divider so its expandable. Myself?… I put my glasses case, a bottle of hand sanitizer, hand lotion, a purse sizecan of hairspray and a purse pack of tissues in there.

  3. Barbara Ballard on January 25, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I love the look and size of this. Your fabric finds are awesome!

    • Kat on January 26, 2021 at 7:06 am

      thank you SO much Barbara! 🙂

  4. Gail Peters on January 26, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I like the look. It looks like it will be a little bigger than the everyday attache. And I have 2 of them that I have made. I like the fabric. Usually I go for blues.

    • Kat on January 26, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Gail! It’s turning out to be one of my favorite bags!

  5. Karol on January 26, 2021 at 9:20 am

    It keeps looking better! I’m very interested in hearing about the Decovil Light and where it can be purchased. I’ve been seeing it in supply lists.

    • Kat on January 26, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Well, I had great hopes for the Decovil Light but I actually hated using it for this particular design. I’ll give you more details about that in the next post in this series, but having said that, it might be perfect for other projects. Who knows. 🙂