The Big Bag Reveal

Big Girl's Bag 1.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

Big Girl's Bag 2.0

For the past few weeks, I have been working on a new bag design. You might have seen some sneak peaks on my Facebook page. Well, here is the whole bag, inside, outside, and insides out! This is my “mama doesn’t have to carry the kitchen sink anymore” bag. That means I still have room for a little water bag or piece of fruit and any bit of paper that gets thrust in my general direction after school, but no longer have to tote a gigantic bag everywhere I go. The design and construction were inspired by interest in the Little Girl Bag for bigger girls. It has been made possible by skills I’ve learned over the past few months of bag making and projects like the Kokka Messenger Bag. In order to move another step closer to a finished design, I’m asking for your feedback, comments, and opinions.

The pictures above also show version one of this bag (no exterior closure, straps on the sides). The change from version one to version two were minimal, but I feel like they made a huge difference in how the bag’s personality. I’m much happier with version two and the final version won’t be too much different, I think.

I’m most excited because this project brings me one step closer to my goal of making and selling a bag of my own design. Of course, now that I’m nearly through the basic design, I’ve realized that there are fabrics to pick and colors to plan if I wan to sell these bags. That’s got me dreaming about making a series of bags in wildly varying fabrics. Bright canvases, modern prints, wool, wool + leather, linen, waxed cotton – they’re all on my list of possibilities. It will depend a lot on what I can source over the next few months, but I’m dying to see how this design will look in all kinds of different variations!

This is a cross-body bag that is slightly wider across the top and sized to fit an A5 page or piece of paper folded in half or a journal. It’s a slim bag, just 4cm wide at the bottom. It is small enough to be comfortable for solo trips on the town and big enough for your wallet, keys, phone, tissues, notebook, and pen. There’s an interior zipper pocket sized to fit paper money laying flat. The flap can be securely closed. The handles are attached at the back so the bag maintains its shape and lays flat against your body. It’s fully lined and interlined to give it body and shape. The exterior is firm to the touch and the interior is lightly padded.

I’m hoping to have this bag in production soon, certainly in time for the holidays. Will you help me? Please share your opinions, impressions, and advice in the comments. It would be a great help!

4 responses on “The Big Bag Reveal

  1. Manu

    Oh!! It’s beautiful!!!
    Unfortunately, having twin boys ages 2.5 means I’m still very much in the “kitchen-sink bag” period, but this looks like a great incentive to change!!!
    things I like:
    the size (A5 is my favourite paper size!!!)
    the clasps (it’s where I hang my keys, which otherwise would end up at the bottom of the bag, and I oh-so-hate the archeological endevour of digging out my bike keys!)
    the front closure
    the inner zip-pocket
    the shape (especially the width at the bottom: not too wide, not too narrow)
    the colors and pattern of the fabric (and the fact that they match your key-strap!)
    Things I would (maybe) miss:
    open inner pocket
    open side pocket
    however, because the bag is quite compact, I suspect my need for extra pockets is mainly due to me carrying around endless LEGO men and little cars, pacifiers and God knows what else…with a compact bag, I would find my keys (and everything else) immediately. Can you make bags for two little macaques? they would need to store cars, LEGO men, twigs and seeds and leaves and STONES (!!!!), crackers…possibly in different compartments. I am sure that if the macaques get their bag, mama can start using your model!!!
    you are SO talented!

  2. Christine

    Beautifully shaped bag, with must-have inner pocket. The size seems perfect, if it can hold a water bottle, I’d be all set to go. From version one to version two there is indeed a big difference in character, and I’m not sure this is helping you but the straps-on-the-side model would be my pick because of that.

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