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« on: November 13, 2009 11:00:13 AM »

Hello all! It's been a while since I posted anything that I have made... And now I need some help/opinions!!

I made the pattern for this bag yesterday but am having some issues deciding how to close it??? Should I just get some magnetic snaps or come up with another way to keep it closed?? I have 2 more waiting to be sewn but wanted to know what others thought before I started on them. They are for a craft show I am doing with my mom at the end of the month!

Here's a full shot of it and you can kinda get an idea of the shape and size being next to my calendar:

And here's a shot to show how long it hangs, just above my hip:

Oh and the rings are temporary, my mom has silver ones she's bringing me!

So what do you all think??? Any opinion/option would be greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009 02:59:11 PM »

I hope someone else comes in with more opinions.

I would never carry a purse without a zipper closure.  Never. Period.
Thus, I would have put a zipper closure in it.

That is just my opinion, and my opinion does not matter.  I make purses.  I make small simple bags with 2 & 3 zippers in them; I make large bags with inside zipper pockets & zipper closure; I make medium sized bags with zipper closures.  I guess I am pretty set on a zipper closure for any purse I make or carry. 

That said, I would consider a magnetic closure on the one you have completed in the pic you have here.

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009 01:52:11 AM »

Paula loves zippers Cheesy

When I lived in a big city, I would consider to purchase only a bag that had good solid closures that made it difficult for others to insert their digits in it.  That included zippers and flaps with magnetic closures or clasps.  Occasionally I'd use straps with buckles, but I don't like to spend half an hour opening my bag and another half to close it.

Now I live in a much more relaxed place and I've discovered I can safely carry around a totally open bag without losing anything.  But I still like my bags closed, I don't like to display my personal items to the world.

So, the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this bag is "zipper". And it would be within a gusset, not directly sewed into the opening. But it would also do well with a tab, narrow or wide, hiding a clasp or a magnetic closure.  Magnetic closures do well on the inside too, just below the opening, if you want a sort of bag that's not quite open but easily accessible.
Thinking of it, you could also make a gusset with an opening that closed with a string.  I think this would change a lot the personality of the bag though.

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009 06:52:36 AM »

Some Food For Thought:
These are for a craft show.  These are not made for you & me.  These are going to be loved and carried by other people. 

So the questions now becomes ~~~

What kind of security (low, medium, high) will other people be looking for in a purse?

What kind of closure can I put on this purse that will provide that security?

What closure is going to best enhance the beauty and functionality (is that a word) of the purse?

It's hard to know what someone else may be looking for in our product.  And it's even harder to put those features in a product and still be able to price it to sell.  Sometimes things I want to add to a purse will put the cost up to the point where people won't buy it. 

I hope I'm making sense here.  I love your purse and fabric choice.  I'll bet you are going to sell the heck out of these.

I'm headed back to work now.  Have a good day,


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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009 12:59:12 PM »

I'd do the magnetic closures as well, though I'd probably put two in there spaced evenly, as long as they were strong enough to hold the purse closed. I don't like zippers because I don't want to have to use two hands to open my purse, while the magnetic closures (strong/big enough) are easy to open/close with one hand and still make it hard for things to be taken out of the purse without you noticing. Your bag doesn't look like its stiff enough to need a flappy-thing (technical term) for the closures. Seems like they'd be able to keep the purse closed just fine without it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010 11:53:49 PM »

Something else to think about ... what if people who are buying these want to use them for their laptops? Then, they might be questioning whether they can use it if it has magnetic snaps on it.

Further, how about a button/toggle and loop closure?


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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010 05:55:09 PM »

If it were me, I would look for velcro. I don't like the magnetic snaps. I find them too difficult to open.
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