PPC28: A Stained Glass Bag


In our last post I showed you the first two samples I created in the course of developing this pattern but unusually, they BOTH turned out to be “Gorilla samples”, which of course was pretty disappointing

So it goes without saying that this time I was determined that my next sample would qualify as being true to what would eventually be the final pattern parameters.

Ready for a little tour?

So right off the bat, here’s the BIG change I made for this incarnation! I added a mag-snapped tab closure to secure the back slot pocket and I like this look. But there’s only one thing… from my perspective, this no longer LOOKS like the bag back. Instead, it looks for all the world to be the Bag Front and once again, I can’t say that over the course of writing 46 patterns that I’ve ever switched a bag back to a bag front THIS far along in the design process. Nevertheless, that’s what I’m doing.

More about this in a bit!

And I think you’ll agree that if you compare this view to the picture above, that this definitely looks more like a Bag Back and heretofore, that’s what we’ll be calling it.
And why you might ask did I add a tab to the slot pocket? You might recall from our Gorilla sample post that even though this pocket looks straight & parallel to the zipper pockets, but unfortunately, as I was carrying these samples I noticed that gaping open in an insecure way when I had my phone or other items stored in there and I didn’t like that. Adding a Tab seemed to be in order and sure enough I’m MUCH more satisfied with this area now!
I included a 3-slot Card caddy in the front-most zippered pocket. It’s a real easy make… so easy that you could easily make three more and include one on each of the four interior walls of this bag if you so desired.

And finally, I have to say that the more I live with this sample (and its been hanging in my studio for over a week now), the more I dislike this look, for TWO reasons!

  • First– The “Bag Front” (which is now the tabbed pocket), has an all-too-familiar look! Even though the bag is totally different than my others, there are certain angles that are totally reminiscent of several other designs and I would prefer for it to be distinctive unto itself!
  • and Secondly, and perhaps more importantly– i find that this look is slightly offensive to me in that it seems to have a distinctly “homemade” look that I don’t appreciate at all.

And that means there’s a BIG change coming!

Obviously I’m disappointed in this setback, but I want this design to be the best it can be! So… do stay tuned for the next post in this series when I plan on revealing what I hope to be the FINAL incarnation of this design!!!! (That also means that this sample is in essence a THIRD gorilla sample, which is a record I hope to NOT duplicate in the future.)

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

What comments or questions would YOU like to pose this design in general or this sample in specific? Did I make the right decision on continuing to improve the look of the design? Please feel free to use the space below to let me know.

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  1. Nina Palmer on November 11, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Does it have an inside zippered pocket? I like this pocket for my cash since I do not like added weight of a wallet.

    I think black trim would have given a more upscale look than the red. Would have probably used all solid black trim and hardware to tone down the golds/yellows.

    It is amazing that you keep coming up with so many user-friendly bags so quickly!

    • Kat on November 11, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks for commenting Nina but I just dont like the front of this bag right now (which used to be the bag back). I’ll figure it out eventually, but this one has taken MUCH longer than usual. That’s for sure.

  2. Corinne Haehl on November 11, 2022 at 8:45 am

    I agree with your comment that it look like other bags with the tab on the pocket. The binding on the front pocket gave it a homemade look. I don’t recall seeing binding like this before. I love your bags. Looking forward to the improved design.

    • Kat on November 11, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Corinne- I have some ideas I’m fleshing out and I look forward to showing you the changes! πŸ™‚

  3. Charlene Samanich on November 11, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Did you ever consider putting a grommet on the sides to hold the straps?

    I also like to have inside zippers and the more the merrier. I would even like one inside the center area. It just give a little place to put stuff you don’t want seen or falling out and losing it.

    Sorry to say, but I’m not a fan of that stained glass fabric.

    • Kat on November 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting Charlene- I try to be careful about adding too many zips as some folks are totally put off by them and they do add to the total cost of the bag. I’m still working on the exterior & interior details but one thing I’ve found out for sure (from the release of the last bag… the Katalina), grommets are just not something many customers want. At least with the Katalina, the grommet was an optional feature, but if I used them as strap attachment items it could really start causing problems! πŸ™

  4. Beth on November 11, 2022 at 11:08 am

    What would it be like if you replaced the tabbed pocket with another zippered compartment just like the other two? Would that make it too thick? It would be the same look on both front and back. Probably you have another plan in mind and whatever it is, I know it will be fantastic. I can’t wait to see your next post!

    • Kat on November 11, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for the idea Beth, but in order to avoid a VERY tricky make, there’s going to need to be bias tape somewhere. I have a possibility in mind and hopefully I’ll get it together to show you next time. πŸ™‚

  5. Katy on November 11, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Ahh, when good patterns go bad! Good luck with the rework

  6. Peggy Burkholder on November 12, 2022 at 11:03 am

    I thinkthe stripe zipper fights with the fabric. I agree with black bias tape. Maybe change the shape of the tab, a little wider like an envelope, but not too big. All in I like it alot.

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 7:07 am

      Thanks Peggy- I’m working on the changes. Do stay tuned! πŸ™‚

  7. Dawn on November 15, 2022 at 12:43 am

    You know I’ve been loving the idea of this bag. My thought at this version? I just want to rip that front pocket section off. I liked it better without tat section. So I’m excited to see your next version!

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 7:10 am

      Well… I’m afraid the sewing difficulty in finishing up the bag as you suggest would put it out of the range of most homesewers, but I think you’ll like the changes that we make.

  8. Raewyn Simpson on November 15, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Reading the comments I was going to say same as Beth, re zip instead of tab closure.
    Also the card slots – is there enough room for 6 or 8 on that side, side by side. I like more slots as then don’t need to take a wallet. Have made a few of your patterns and really love then.

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 7:10 am

      It’s going to a tight fit to place more card holders, but possible, πŸ™‚

  9. Pat Smith on November 15, 2022 at 6:07 am

    What about a wider, more “geometric” tab on the front?

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 7:11 am

      We’ll reveal the change we’ve made to this area very soon! I can’t wait to show you! πŸ™‚

      • Lydia Stang on November 16, 2022 at 1:27 pm

        I was thinking the same thing – a longer flap. I’m no a great fan of zippered entry into a pocket for my cell phone, but a flap of some sort works for me. And, I’ve been looking for one with more room for my sunglasses. I’ve been using the Everyday Attache and have the glasses on top of the rest of my stuff, so a separate space for them would be great. Do you have dimensions for this bag?

  10. Mea Cadwell on November 15, 2022 at 6:20 am

    I really like this bag design – even the back/front pocket.

    Perhaps you could change the shape of that pocket? Make it arched on both sides with a point in the middle to meet a smaller tab?

    That would also help to fix where the bias tape on the pocket meets the side piece (you know the point where the bias tape goes from 90Β° angle at the side piece before wrapping fully around the pocket top and does that wonky shape thing it does.)

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 7:11 am

      Very soon I’ll show you the changes we have made Mae! Do stay tuned? πŸ™‚

  11. Linda Bull on November 15, 2022 at 8:47 am

    In just want to say that you come up with amazing bags. Alot of time and attention to detail make them wonderful. I also do not like the stained glass fabric.

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Linda for those kind words. πŸ™‚

  12. Pattie Cockerham on November 15, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Hey Mrs. Kat,this one is a reminder of your walkabout,but smaller, but waiting on the new version enjoyed our chat at the Quilt show (the Gemini) making a new one for Birthday

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      GREAT! I hope you send me a picture of that Gemini when you finish it!

  13. Irene on November 15, 2022 at 10:06 am

    I do not like the look of a flat binding on a bag it definitely makes the bag have that homemade appearance. Have you considered using covered cording in place of the binding. It is so much neater and easy to apply when going around curves. I was thinking a large tab almost the size of the bag with maybe a 45degree angle to give it a more modern look rather than a plain tab.

    • Kat on November 15, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Great idea Irene, but the way this bag has to finish would make it impossible to use covered cording. Do stay tuned for the changes we make. I’ll reveal them soon!