PPC25: The Inspiration & Sketchwork

Well here we go again!

We’re at the start of that long road on the way to what will eventually be a brand new pattern design to share with the world!

I love this stage of the process. I love it because right now ALL things are still possible and ALL options are still on the table.

So… what was inspiring me this time?

Well… we’ve been asked for quite a while now to design another wallet pattern, but this time with more of everything we gave you in the Walkabout Wallet pattern.

This would mean MORE credit & loyalty card slots…MORE pockets for storage, including a place for a passport, receipts, a notepad, and a checkbook…and especially MORE room for the stuff that women need to carry everyday like makeup, key fob(s), pens, reading glasses and nowadays… a mask or two!

In order to make this a reality, I’m envisioning a design with two separate and distinct zippered storage areas… one that’s specifically designed for the multiples of credit & loyalty cards we all carry and need on a regular basis. I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of storing these cards in 2 if not three different areas of my bag and/or wallet!

The other storage area will be designed to be a true wallet, containing areas for coins, paper money & a check record but SO much more! I’m envisioning two mesh pockets which will be perfect for sequestering receipts, notes & other loose items PLUS a very roomy section for stuff… you know what I mean by stuff, right? I’m talking about the other necessary items we as women carry everywhere we go. And by having all of this room available, along with an exterior pouch for a smartphone as well as a zippered pocket for other items you need quick access to, this design should be a true everyday handbag for modern women.

What I’m envisioning may not be the bag you would carry if you’re accustomed to carrying everything including “the kitchen sink” as so many of my contemporaries sometimes did. But the modern woman of today is apt to be more of a minimalist when it comes to a handbag and this bag is being designed with that very woman in mind!

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

What do you think about my vision? Do these options appeal to you? Would YOU be interested in carrying a bag like this? And here’s the deal… if you have an idea for us to consider including in this design, we would love to hear it, sooner rather than later! 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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  1. Dawn on May 11, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Looks awesome. I hope it’s big enough to carry my Kindle Paperwhite as well as I consider that essential.

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 5:31 am

      i have no idea what a kindle Paperwhite is. Can you send me a link so I can look at it please (by email)?

      • Maureen Obuch on May 11, 2021 at 9:27 am

        Looks great…the kindle fits easily in the everyday attache (the purse I carry most) if you need a reference. I love the idea of two sections and something in between the attache and the walkabout would be perfect for me.

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Best I can tell from the link you sent me, your item is 6.6″ X 4.6″ and that should easily fit in our new design based on the measurements we’re using right now. Does that measurement seem accurate to you?

  2. Leslie Dolin on May 11, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I’d love an optional shoulder strap.

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 9:41 am

      An optional shoulder strap is a MUST! 🙂

  3. Dawne Brooks on May 11, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Optional Shoulder strap would be great. I like the idea of somewhere for a kindle but mine is heavy so not sure.

  4. Christy Lockett on May 11, 2021 at 8:28 am

    just what I need…..a wallet that holds my cell phone…..add a cross body strap and you’ve got a winner

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Coming right up!…. well, in a few months anyway!

    • Vicki on May 11, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      I’d love is something with a removable card carrier that I could put in my purse when I’m using that, that I could just reattach to the wallet if I wanted to carry less. Maybe a zipper that goes around the sides and bottom but not the top??

      • Alma Lou Annab on May 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

        Removable? Or an option on one side for cards, check book, pen on the other. Maybe a slot behind the credit card holder?

  5. Judy Fallon on May 11, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I love the idea and the design sounds great can you give an idea of the finished size. Thank you Judy

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 9:42 am

      Its a little early to announce a completed size. Im just not ready to commit to that yet 🙂

  6. Leslie Lockwood on May 11, 2021 at 9:25 am

    i would like to be able to carry reading glasses, but not so big as it would need to be for a kindle. but everything else you mentioned. and a cross body strap. this is great to see your planning steps.

  7. DarW on May 11, 2021 at 10:31 am

    So, you’re envisioning, if the Walkabout Wallet and the Everyday Attaché had a baby…. 🤔🤔… sounds perfect to me!! 🤣

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 11:31 am

      I hadnt thought about it this way… but I guess youre RIGHT! 😀

  8. Beth on May 11, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I would love to have a wallet like this. I generally carry only my wallet when shopping and this should hold lots more than my current one does. Plus, I’ve been thinking I should dig out my pattern and make another wallet, because my first one wore out and I bought a cheapo version to get me by. Now I’m excited to wait for this new pattern!

  9. Carolina on May 11, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    I like the separate zipper compartments. Room for sunglasses that go over glasses would be helpful. Although that might need its own area so as not to be scratched. Strap options–wristlet, cross-body, over-the-shoulder.

  10. Linda Williams on May 11, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Love it❣️❣️Will it include the security pouch to protect from transferring ID?

    • Kat on May 11, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      Hmmmmmm………. What is a “security pouch to protect from transferring ID”?

      • Teresa on May 13, 2021 at 3:21 am

        • Kat on May 13, 2021 at 5:51 am

          I am aware of RFID fabric but can add a good deal of bulk to a purse overall. RFID fabric can be added to a bag but that will be of your choosing and please be aware of the problem this extra bulk can cause within the seams of this and other projects. For what we’re envisioning, we always suggest substituting aluminum foil for the interfacing just in the credit card area. Use caution cutting the aluminum foil however so that it doesnt fall out in the stitching area of the seam which would make the stitching difficult.

  11. Pattie Fietz on May 12, 2021 at 6:03 am

    I like this a lot. The only downside I see…I’m not sure I’d feel good having all of my credit cards stashed in an outside pocket. Other than that, it looks like it would be great to carry all of the “necessities,” but a handy size. Agree to the suggestion of a detachable shoulder strap. Thanks for this creative new idea.

  12. Raewyn Simpson on May 13, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Hi Kat. Yes like the idea for more card slots. Also need a placee for sunglasses and reading glasses if possible. Plus keys of course.
    Have been trying to find something that like you say ‘takes all our necessities ‘.

  13. Carmen Robidoux on May 13, 2021 at 1:31 am

    My bag now is 7.5 tall6.5 wide and1.5 deep. one zip pocket on front two on back and one zip on inside and open pocket(not good sags and prevents access) on inside. Crossbody. I like the size but cannot get in phone masks and sunglasses.
    I have made the everyday attache but it was too thick. My sister loves it.
    I have 11 of your patterns. I’m excited about this concept .. keep it skinny Thanks

  14. Marcia Lynne Greene on May 13, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Not sure if this has been mentioned yet or not, but I always add a double folded loop of fabric or a “D” ring for keys INSIDE so they don’t dangle. And always closest to the opening of the nearly closed zipper for easy access.

  15. cheryl D EMERSON on May 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    love this idea. hope it will be a little bigger than the everyday attache (which i love). would be great to have a pocket that would fit my nook or ipad mini!

  16. Karol on May 13, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Sounds good. About how thick are you anticipating it might be when all closed up?

    I was looking at my current bag today and I’m going to have to make a new one of those soon too.


    • Kat on May 14, 2021 at 7:33 am

      Do Stay tuned for more details and pictures very soon? 🙂

  17. Trudy on May 13, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I’d like a place for paper money unfolded and a coin pocket next to it but separate. Perhaps mesh or clear so I can see what change I have without having to open all the way. Am excited to see your new creation!

  18. Cheryl Suitt on May 19, 2021 at 6:09 am

    And here I thought the Gemini bag my new go to everyday bag…. I have the Walk-a-bout pattern but have never made it. As the Go-Go-Queen you know I like compactness and organization. I see this new pattern in my future. If one were not to have all the card slots, could that serve as a padded area for a reader? I like one of the others’ suggestions about a removable card carrier which would be to my liking as well; being a minimalist my cell phone carries my rewards cards. The interior loop or “D” ring for attaching key(s) a plus!!! All great ideas above. It seems most people these days has a reader, a cell phone and few cards and not carrying around too much in coinage and greenbacks.