I’m super excited to introduce my new pattern, the Zip and Go!
I never know what to say for these posts, so I’m just going to tell you the story behind this bag. I only took two purses on my last trip, a Daytripper and a Two Zip Hipster and both were perfect for just about everything we did. Trips to the city with lots of walking around? Hipster. Trip to the zoo where I “needed” 3 cameras? Daytripper. And of course we kept finding souvenir shops but nothing screamed my name. Several gift shops later and we came across a touristy little bag with front zippers. Of course, the one souvenir I buy would be a purse, right? And it turned out to be a good decision because we went to the beach the next day and I needed something much smaller than my two bags!
The pros: It was just the right size to take everyone’s room key card, cash and my phone when we walked from our hotel to the beach. (Not that my phone worked there at all, but camera! I don’t think the Aussies believe in the universal right to free wifi like we do here. :P) The cons: It was so tiny that room key cards and an iPhone were *all* that would fit, the strap fell apart after using it once, and of course the raw edges and binding. You all know that I have nightmares about unnecessary raw edges and unfinished linings!
I swear sometimes she can read my mind, because my friend was like, “Calm down, you can totally make a bag like that, but in a way that doesn’t make you cringe.” Because I was totally cringing. So as soon as I got home I started with a much larger bag in mind, with a nice long adjustable fabric strap and a fully finished lining. I wasn’t really intending to make it into a pattern. It was so simple, and it was more to just prove to myself that I could do so much better. (Figuring out the best way to make the front pocket with the least amount of bulk was fun! I know, I have issues.) But then I posted this picture and dozens of you were like “I NEED THAT WHY DOESN’T THAT EXIST?”
So, here we go. Appropriately named by another friend, the Zip and Go is ready for your hands free shopping trips, sporting events, theme park visits and vacation adventures. I think you’ll love them because they are FAST! Oh, and that fussy cut across the zippers? That’s built into the pattern design, so they will all turn out like that! Here’s the info from the product page:
This might be one of the most stress-free bags you’ll ever sew. It’s simple to make, it’s simple to cut out, it’s FAST and it doesn’t use up a ton of your precious fabric. The lining is completely hidden, so use a bright coordinating solid to save money! I wanted a super fast alternative to the Two Zip Hipster and Daytripper. While neither of them is particularly difficult, they are a bit too complex to be appropriate for that gift you needed yesterday. Making a dozen of these for your Etsy shop won’t break the bank or be a total time suck. I LOVE that. And so will you.
I’ve been using mine for grocery shopping, because it’s hands free and I don’t need to keep track of my purse in the cart. It’s a little bigger than the Essential Wristlet, and will hold your phone, keys and wallet. It’s also perfect for travelling and will keep your passport safe and on you at all times. My basic Kindle (no case) fits in the front pocket, and an iPad mini fits in the main pocket. Since it’s all rectangles, you could easily add inches to make the bag wider or longer as needed.
Instructions are included for strap widths from 1/4″ to 1″, so you don’t need to track down specific sized hardware. Add a fixed strap or a removable strap, which is nice for when you want to tuck the purse into a larger tote and not deal with the strap getting tangled. Make it adjustable for gifts or not, if it’s just for you!
There are no raw edges. You will turn it through an opening in the lining just like any other purse.
Perfect for teens and younger girls, too!
Approximately 9.5″ tall and 7.5″ wide with a 30″ to 55″ adjustable strap.