Zippers Galore

The time has come. We have arrived at the last pattern from the Spring 2014 collection – Zippers Galore. And we know that we shouldn’t play favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it. Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible and we both use it in our everyday lives.

Zippers Galore

At its core, Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag.

Zippers Galore Laminated

Zippers Galore Cotton

(The bag in the top picture features two laminated cottons from Oilcloth Addict – the outside is Lark by Amy Butler and the lining is Happyland by Jennifer Paganelli – neither of which seem to be in stock at the moment.)

It features two outer zipper pockets that are super accessible (even when holding a toddler in one arm – trust us on that one) and an optional keychain clip.

Zippers Galore Outer Pockets

(Does anyone else see the weird face the bag is making in the picture above? No? Okay. Moving on.)

Zippers Galore also has a really unique grommeted double-strap that you likely won’t see anywhere else.

Zippers Galore Grommet Handles

Zippers Galore Side View

The interior of the bag has multiple inner and outer pockets (customizable to your needs, as always), optional snap closure, and optional card holder.

Zippers Galore Inner Lining

Zippers Galore Card Holder

The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop.

Zippers Galore Divider Pocket

The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”.

As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag (Ali) or a diaper bag (Courtney).

Ali's Laptop Bag

Courtney's Diaper Bag

Here’s Courtney showing off just how easy it is to grab your keys while wearing the bag!

Reaching for the Keys

The PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 100 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We really like Zippers Galore (and hope you do too!) because we think it’s easy to love but very unique. As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Zippers Galore bags because we would love to see and share them!

We’re going to be a little quiet on the blog front over the next few weeks as we sew away on our next collection (which if the stars actually align, will be released in late August). Let’s just say that we’re getting our vintage on this time around and we couldn’t be more excited!

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It’s Official… Spring 2014 Collection Launch

We can’t believe it’s here… the past year of dreaming, scheming and hard work has finally come to an end! We are so proud to announce the launch of our first patterns with the W.O.W. Spring 2014 Collection. We will definitely be clinking our wine glasses in celebration tonight!

As we said in our first post, our idea is to release entire collections of patterns at one time. Sometimes our collections will be truly cohesive (such as the vintage collection we’re cooking up for the Fall!), and sometimes they will just be a collection of fantastic bags that we love. Such is the case for the Spring 2014 Collection – an assortment of great, classic bags that anyone could use. The following four patterns make six amazing bags, and we hope you will want to make them for yourself!

1. Whole Shebang (PDF; 16 pages; 40+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Whole Shebang.docx

This was the very first bag we designed, so it has a special place in our hearts. We wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that. The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip.  The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”. We have made Whole Shebangs that are serving as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags. The possibilities are endless!

2. Classic Convertible (PDF; 16 pages; 100+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Classic Convertible.docx

We loved the idea of a bag that could go from day to night, from serious to silly. The Classic Convertible is a fun, convertible bag that can be worn as a shoulder bag or a large clutch. It features a folded top, removable strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, zipper closure, and optional card holder and keychain clip. The finished size is about 10” folded (15” unfolded) x 15 ½” x 3 ½”. We think this bag is especially cool in laminated cotton, which gives it that extra special touch when you’re out on the town.

3. Tuxedo Trio (PDF; 36 pages; 170+ color photos; 3 pattern pieces)

Microsoft Word - Tuxedo Trio.docx

The Tuxedo Trio is a fun mini-collection of its own. It includes three coordinating items – a hobo, a wristlet and a wallet – all featuring a striking tuxedo pleat panel. The hobo and wristlet have a hidden front zipper pocket and optional inner pockets. The wallet includes a card holder and large inner zipper pocket. The finished sizes are as follows: Hobo – 10 ¼ ” x 13” x 4 ½”; Wristlet – 6 ½” x 8”;  Wallet – 4 ½” x 4 ¼” folded (8 ½” unfolded). We absolutely loved mixing patterns and solids in different combinations with the Tuxedo Trio. And while the Hobo, Wristlet, and Wallet are all strong enough to stand on their own, you could also make an amazing three-piece ensemble.

4. Zippers Galore (PDF; 17 pages; 100+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Zippers Galore.docx

We know that we shouldn’t have favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it.  Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible. Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag that features a unique grommeted double-strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, and optional snap closure, card holder, and keychain clip. The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop. The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”. As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag or a diaper bag. When we wear this bag around town, we always get compliments on its super unique style and awesome functionality.

All of these patterns are available for sale in our Etsy shop or in our Craftsy shop for $9 each. We’re also offering a great combination discount – you can buy a bundle of all four patterns for $27 and get one pattern free!

We will be posting in-depth posts on each pattern in the coming weeks with lots more pictures. We hope that you will enjoy making and using these bags as much as we have enjoyed designing them!