So… in our last post we had a little fun letting YOU be the designer and choosing which of our bag samples YOU would choose to grace the pattern cover for our 2nd new pattern of 2023, the Easy Go Wallet. Thanks SO much to everyone who voiced their opinion! Pattern design can be rather solitary work and I REALLY like hearing the logic behind which bag my customers would choose.
And here’s the deal, the best part about this cycle was that SO many of you ALSO included your reasons why you chose the cover sample that you did. I LOVE that! Your opinions were invaluable and I really was able to take them into account this time! THANK YOU!
So with that in mind, here’s the choices that
ALL of us considered for the Easy Go Wallet pattern cover.
6/6/23 – P. Carter Carpin
I loved this fabric just like I’ve loved working with all the fabric I’ve ever gotten from P. Carter Carpin! And I think this sample is totally lovely. Unfortunately though, this was a very early sample and I placed one D-ring on each side of the wallet because I wanted to keep the wallet balanced.
But what I soon realized was that this wasn’t really necessary due to the lightweight nature of the Easy Go Wallet design. And since from now on, we’ll be placing both D-rings on the back side of the wallet, this will unfortunately render this sample as NOT OK for being our cover model… so It’s OUT!
6/21/23 – I’ll Fly Away
And if I’m honest, (and i am), I’d have to admit that the reason I chose this fabric was that I was anxious to incorporate my brand new zippers into a sample. And while I love the way these zippers look in this sample, and while I would certainly be proud to carry this wallet, It’s certainly nota show-quality bag, so it’s OUT!
6/26/23 – Cleo
So it should come as no surprise that from the moment I saw this fabric I fell totally in love with it! To me… it has everything going for it! THIS was the sample that I originally thought would be on the cover!
Primarily there’s cat faces, and I’ll always be a sucker for those of course, but there’s also metallic highlights which I also love and to top it off, the whole collection by Chong-A Hwang is gorgeous! But unfortunately this beautiful fabric seems to take precedence over the design elements of this wallet, which begs the question…” Can a fabric actually be too distractingly beautiful to feature on a pattern cover?” I think YES, and by all accounts most of you agreed!
But here’s the deal… if you love this fabric as much as I do, you can pick up some HERE, but in the meantime, and even though I LOVE this sample unfortunately, its OUT!
7/5/23 – Cleo in Black
And here’s another beautiful selection from Chong-A Hwang’s amazing “Cleo” collection and even though I personally love this sample, I do wish I had used a more subtle and less “busy” fabric for the bias-tape trim.
But since I didn’t, and since this sample seems a bit busier than I think it should be for a cover model, I’m afraid it’s sadly OUT!
But if you’d like to give this fabric another chance to be YOUR cover model, just go HERE to pick some up for yourself!
7/15/23 – Sea Cookies
And in view of the major-league success of the Barbie movie and the fact that everywhere i go right now I am seeing PINK, I had to give this sample a serious look at being our cover model!
Kate Colleran sent us this fabric for use in this model and it came out ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. It has a fresh, clean look and who can deny that pink is THE color at the moment but even so… even though this sample will be a very successful show bag and that this look will no doubt be emulated by many customers, it just seems to lack that certain something that compels customers to take that all-important second look!
So reluctantly, it was OUT!
7/19/23 – Cleo in Yellow
And can you believe that I used THREE fabrics from Chong-A Hwang’s “Cleo” collection? Yep, I guess you can say that this collection is now one of my all-time favorites! I’ll not deny it!
I obviously had to consider this sample very seriously for our cover model. After all, it’s bright, eye-catching, not overly busy and includes the prerequisite amount of FUN!
BUT– as much as I love this sample, there was one sample that for me, and evidently for MANY of YOU… outshined ALL others!
So if you haven’t already guessed, it’s with great pleasure
that I now reveal the official cover for the “Easy Go Wallet” pattern!
You might recall from the post I wrote about this sample (click HERE) that I spied this “circle fabric” in the booth across the aisle from us at AQS Paducah. It was calling to me and I loved the green contrast fabric that was located near it as well. And here’s the deal… I knew at the time that this wasn’t my “normal” color scheme, nor was it my normal exterior print but I felt it was almost a match made it heaven…
So did we make the perfect choice?
Truth is, only time will tell! The Easy Go Wallet has been very well received so far, and even though I easily could have gone with a couple other choices and it probably wouldn’t have made a bit of difference “sales-wise”, I feel good about this choice. I especially feel good that it was validated by SO MANY of you either by commenting on the post, or on social media or even by email! THANK YOU for all of your feedback!
So in conclusion, I like how the cover came out and how it has a totally unique yet cohesive look with our past patterns, which is actually a big deal since I had to go with a new graphics designer (for me) this time and I’m really pleased with how this cover has a fresh look and I find it quite exciting for these reasons!
But PLEASE NOTE!!!! — Just as we did in our Double Take rollout in Spring, we’ll be announcing the Easy Go Wallet pattern release sometime in mid-AUGUST by way of our bi-monthly newsletter, Bag Making is FUN. As is our norm, it will include a time-sensitive discount code toward the purchase of the Easy Go Wallet pattern so don’t miss out! If you don’t already receive our newsletter in your Inbox bi-monthly, you still have a small window of time to sign up & get in on the fun, PLUS pick up that nifty discount coupon too by clicking HERE.
And now it’s YOUR turn!
Call me crazy but I always love knowing if you agree with our selection or if you think we totally blew it! So please feel free to leave your comments and/or questions in the space provided below! Don’t worry. We won’t be mad if you disagree with us! 🙂
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