PPC27: Church Windows


since the sample we made in our last post turned out to be a bit of a debacle, I went back to the drawing board determined to straighten out the “issue” with the main compartment zipper area! And thankfully after finishing this next sample I am pleased to say that the zipper closure issues are now in our rear-view mirror!

All in all, I’m fairly pleased with this incarnation. There’s still a couple of very small details that need attention, but nothing that would keep this particular sample from becoming a show sample!
Here’s a good look at how I resolved the zipper entry for the main compartment. This is a close facsimile to the entry area I had in mind but its oh so much easier to stitch together and that’s a good thing.
But this picture also shows an area in which I’ll probably make a change… because in my first sample I kinda thought that the D-ring area would look good in a different fabrication than the side panels, but going forward I think I’ll change this and go for a more continuous look by keep the side areas all in the same fabric.
Here’s a good look at the bag back where the grommet will of course be an optional feature. Its a very generous drop pocket with a snap closure for security. It can easily accommodate your cell phone and a few other items as well and its secured with a magnetic snap.
And this is the first interior shot I’ve shown you where you’ll find an almost full-width zippered pocket. Additionally, you might notice that my iPad Air is safely stored within the confines of this bag’s interior with plenty of room to spare!

And finally- here’s a few answers to the questions
we most often receive when we’re working on a new pattern design!

What are the dimensions? the dimensions of this bag are 8″ tall X 10″ wide X 3″
Will my iPad fit inside? YES, most likely. My iPad Air easily fits in the main compartment of this bag.
What will the name of the new pattern be? I don’t yet have a name for this design, but I’m all ears!
When can I purchase this pattern? right now, I’m looking forward to an early September release of this new pattern.
Where can I get this fabric? This fabric is called “Silent Night Metallic Arabesque” and it was from Henry Glass Fabrics.

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

If you have comments you’d like to share or questions you’d like to ask about this design in general or this sample in specific, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Barbara Ballard on July 4, 2022 at 8:16 am

    I love the look and size of this bag! When I plan a day trip, I like having a bags that holds my necessities and a little bit more, but not too much. I can’t wait to see how this bag ends up.

    • Kat on July 4, 2022 at 8:42 am

      I totally agree Barbara! Of all the bags Ive created, this one may just suit MY needs the best! 😀

  2. Alma Lou Annab on July 4, 2022 at 9:57 am

    I love the colors. It looks like a great go to town and beyond bag. Nicely designed. I actually like the fabric concept at the D rings.

    • Kat on July 4, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Alma Lou! I can’t wait to show you MORE! 🙂

  3. Beth on July 4, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    This is a beautiful sample!

    • Kat on July 4, 2022 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you Beth! I can’t wait to see what YOU create! 🙂

  4. Sharon McKinney on July 5, 2022 at 11:34 am

    What’s on the other side from the side with the pocket where credit cards go? I’d prefer to have this ‘facing’ my body rather than exposed for security purposes. Maybe I’m too cautious? The only problem with that is that the closing mechanism would poke into my body. For style, the closure ‘thing’ (I’m sure it has a name, but I don’t know what you call it) really sets off the design. Overall, the pattern is very classy. I’m sure your customers would enjoy this pattern.

    • Kat on July 5, 2022 at 6:09 pm

      Hmmm.. I’m a little confused by this question, but have you gone to the post to check it out. I included a multitude of pictures there and maybe one will answer your question? 🙂

    • Mea Cadwell on July 15, 2022 at 5:24 am

      The closure is a swivel clasp.

      I really like this bag but agree that I’d rather have the money/credit card side closest to my body for security reasons as well.

      As it is, if you wore it that way, the clasp would poke into your side. A different closure, that wouldn’t stick out so much, could be used, but then the front side wouldn’t show as it would be against your body.

      There’s no reason why the outside credit card area couldn’t be put on both the front and back with the caveat the side facing your body would be for the actual money part of things and the non-money pocket area would be facing away from your body. If you’re so inclined to modify the pattern.

  5. Mary B on July 5, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    This is a gorgeous bag!! The fussy cutting on the flap is amazing.

  6. Chris Perlini on July 15, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Beautiful Bag. Love the look. A name could be Amazing Grace

    • Kat on July 15, 2022 at 5:40 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Chris

  7. Barb Johnson on July 15, 2022 at 5:36 am

    I currently have a similar purse which I love but it’s showing wear and I haven’t found a replacement…until now! Mine has the pocket on the front that I can slip my wallet into. The wallet is left unzipped while the front pocket on the bag is zipped. This gives access to all the things in my wallet without having to open my purse. I can easily remove my wallet if I want to. I think your new design will work for this style. I’m so excited!!!

    • Kat on July 15, 2022 at 5:41 am

      I’m excited to hear this Barb. Ive enjoyed carrying the prototypes myself and I hope you will too! 🙂

  8. Bobbie Lacoy on July 15, 2022 at 6:41 am

    I am going to be wanting this one!!

    • Kat on July 15, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      That’s music to my ears Bobbie!

  9. Corinne Haehl on July 16, 2022 at 7:33 am

    I’m anxious to get this pattern. I’m going to start looking at fabrics now. I’ve never installed a clasp before but I know I can do it.

    • Kat on July 16, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      I was VERY nervous the first time I installed a twist lock too, but I think I’ve perfected a relatively easy way to accomplish it which I’ll detail for you all! 🙂 You can always substitute a magnetic snap if you prefer too!