PPC27: Serious Whimsey


Now that I’ve pretty much nailed down the design components for this design (as evidenced by our last post), it’s time to move along and get started on the following items…

  • make 3-4 more show samples
  • send out the “Tester Kits” to my excellent patterns testers
  • come up with a name for this design

Of these items, would you believe that the hardest and most frustrating of them all is coming up with a name? (well its true!)

I really love this lively, optimistic fabric which I’ll give you specifics about later on in this post, but in the meantime… doesn’t it look fantastic on this design! I also like the way it looks with our distinctive silver zips!

And here’s a closeup look at two things… first, here’s a new way to install the D-ring tabs which I have REALLY enjoyed using! Ive found it to be easy to accomplish and with so much less bulk at the corners of the bag! And second, this is the first time we’ve utilized zipper panels in this configuration. I find that when they are installed in this way the bag is not only easier to open and close, but that instead of reducing the inner capacity of the bag, they actually ADD to the inner dimensions of the interior!

And I think I’ve mentioned before that the grommet on the back of this bag is totally optional but even if you do not include a grommet on YOUR bag, this pocket is oh-so useful! After all, its bag-width and depth size can accomodate a LOT of easy-to-reach items, all of which are protected by a magnetic snap closure!

and now… a word about these yummy fabrics!

All of these fabrics were designed by the incomparable P. Carter Carpin for her “Serious Whimsey” collection. I first met Carter at the Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge, VA in 2021 & have used her fabrics to create a sample for each of our subsequent pattern designs since. (reference our Elsie K Baglet sample & our Bella BiFold sample).

And even though we can’t carry her fabrics in our online store, we would encourage you to go to her Etsy site or follow her on her FaceBook page as she is constantly adding new designs to her collection!

And 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, 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’d love to hear any suggestions!
  • When can I purchase this pattern? right now, I’m looking toward an early September release of this new pattern.

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, and ESPECIALLY if you have a name suggestion for this design, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Barbara Ballard on July 19, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Loving this bag more each time you post! And the fabrics have been fantastic! My sunglasses are fitovers, for my regular glasses, so when they are folded they are 2″ deep. I’m thinking I might put one of the side arms through the grommet and let them hang off the back when I’m not wearing them over my glasses. I think they’re too deep for the front pockets. I’ll have to experiment. But, YES, i want this bag!

    • Kat on July 19, 2022 at 10:45 am

      I’m so glad you’re excited about this bag! Not too long now

  2. Nancy Rosa on July 19, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Really beautiful, Kat!

    • Kat on July 19, 2022 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Nancy! πŸ™‚

      • Deb Tabert on July 19, 2022 at 4:47 pm

        Cannot wait for this one to come out! Absolutely love itπŸ’œ

        • Kat on July 20, 2022 at 5:26 am

          Thanks Deb- I’m looking forward to the release as well!

  3. Charlene Samanich on July 19, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I’m thinking I can use the grommet to clip my keys to it. It sure looks nice.

    You mention the it is available now? How can we order it?

  4. Ann on July 21, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    I am So Excited for this pattern! I think it will be my Everywhere/Every Day bag!

    • Kat on July 22, 2022 at 5:49 am

      I’m thrilled to hear this. Thank you Ann!~ πŸ™‚

  5. Becky Hardy on July 22, 2022 at 11:12 am

    This one looks fantastic too! Love you ideas and how you put them together. I do like the grommet in the back and think it would be good for my keys, not sure that my sunglasses would be secure enough. I am a hands in learner, so I would have to experiment with that. This fabric looks great with the silvery zippers!

    • Kat on July 22, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Becky. There’s a mag snap closure on that back pocket too, so I think your sunglasses would probably be fine there! πŸ™‚ And thanks for the kind words. I’m looking forward to the release!