PPC20: Safari With Me!


in our last post we showed you a beautiful black & gold sample matched with our brand new ALL gold zippers. I’m so glad that so many of you liked it but I think you’ll also like today’s sample. I gotta tell ya, we’re getting very close to being ready to publish this pattern. We really only have one more sample to show you after this one before we need to choose our “cover model”!

I totally fell in love with this fabric from the moment I saw it on the “In the Beginning” website. I actually ordered it early in the Spring prior to it even being printed the first time and I was hoping to use it in the runup to the Bangle Buddie pattern release, but it wasn’t to be. As it turns out though, it works beautifully for this new design so I’m kinda glad now that it was a late arrival in May. (To find out more about this wonderful border print and secure some for your own project, just click HERE.)

And now be as a good a time as any to tell you what we decided to name this little cutie! I sure did appreciate all of the suggestions and the votes but of course this wasn’t really a democratic decision, because if it was we would’ve gone with “Snap 2 It”. I decided to NOT go with that name as it seemed to emphasize the oldest notion in our product list, the invisible magnetic snaps. Instead we’re going to name it “The GateWay” because that name  spotlights the NEWEST notion in our product repetoire, our Gate Rings which you can see closeup in the picture below!

Gate Rings are a very important asset to this particular design because they actually OPEN UP in similar fashion to a snap hook, allowing you to move them to different locations on your bag, enabling you to carry it a variety of ways! How cool is that, right?

But think about it this way… not only can you clip and unclip them to various spots on your bag, but you can ALSO take them off this bag and actually use them on one or more of your other bags… potentially saving you some MAJOR MOOLA!

And now, it’s time to address some questions you’ve been very patiently waiting to get answers to.


The dimensions of the bag are:

9″ wide X 6″ tall X 2.75″


I know that’s apt to disappoint a few of you who have been requesting that it be large enough to accommodate an iPad. But here’s the deal… it’s been a while since we’ve designed a medium sized everyday bag and we intentionally went about our tasks this time with that focus in mind.

But… we’ll try to keep that in mind for the next edition of Purse pattern Chronicles!


And by now you know that all it takes is a simple switcheroo of the Gate Rings to convert this bag from a cross-body to a hip bag, but the one thing you’ve been asking is when, oh when will we be releasing this beauty? And all I can say at this point to that is…

I just don’t know yet!

And believe me, NO ONE is more disappointed in that answer than I am!

The truth is, this has been an incredibly frustrating and trying summer for us! On June 6th our payment platform was unexpectedly “upgraded” and I use that term loosely because the improved platform we were promised turned out to be anything BUT an improvement. In a word, it’s been horrid! I’ll give you more details in a separate post coming up soon, and rest assured we’ve been feverishly working on an entirely new website with a new style payment platform which we’ll unveil as soon as we possibly can, but until its ready we simply cannot release this pattern.

We’re close… we’re oh-so-close, and I’m optimistic for a mid-to-late September release. If we’re lucky, maybe it’ll be sooner! In the meantime, here’s some info about this wonderful fabric. It was created by Jason Yenter for “In the Beginning fabrics” and it’s part of his “Safari” collection. I have SOME, but not a lot available on the website HERE. I have more ordered but from what I hear from the manufacturer, it may not ship until early December, so don’t delay.  And as for the contrasting fabric I used… which is a near-perfect match to the Safari fabric, it just so happened to be in my stash. I’ve had it for a long time and I can’t even remember for sure where I got it. It might even have been… perish the thought… JoAnns!   (hahaha)  Anyway, it’s a match made in Heaven, right?

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

Got any comments or questions for me? I still have one last sample to show you and then its time to get serious about the pattern cover so we can release this baby… when and if that new website is ever ready to publish! (keep your fingers crossed for us?

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7 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I love the name, and can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern!

  2. Please tell and show a little more about the top zippered side. It appears as if some sort of pocket slots? Does the walkabout wallet fit in the bag? I’m thinking about size.

    • You know what? That’s a really good question. I just checked and yes, the Walkabout Wallet WILL fit inside the zippered Pouch area, BUT, remember that the Walkabout Wallet is designed to carry a good deal more than your average wallet. I would NOT recommend carrying your phone is the Walkabout and also expecting it to fit inside the Gateway, nor would I recommend carrying other bulky items such as reading glasses etc. Additionally, if you store your Walkabout Wallet inside your gateway, then that will pretty much take up all the space you will have with no room for anything else. So I guess the answer is yes… but with some pretty big stipulations. Hope this helps. 🙂

  3. This sample is beautiful and your contrast fabric is perfect. Too bad the Safari line doesn’t have something similar to companion with the border print for those who do not happen to have a perfect contrast fabric in their stash! I like the name too!

  4. I’m so excited about the new edition. Just the right size for putting the essentials in.
    Any idea of the yardage requirements? I have a couple of beautiful left overs that will look beautiful in this design.