Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Strapfield Convertible Bag

I loved testing this bag, The Strapfield Convertible Bag from ChrisW Designs. I tested the size large and the pdf or video course includes both the large and the small size. I will be making the small size next.

As you can see below from the photos, this bag can be worn as a backpack, a shoulder bag or remove the strap with the hooks and hook it on the top round rings and voila a cross body bag too! This bag would be great for hikes or as a on the go diaper bag, all day shopping event, a theme park day, day at the beach, school bag, etc... the list goes one and on!

There are so many cool features too, including oodles of pockets inside and out. I left off the optional cargo pocket with the flap that could be added to the front over the divided pocket where I added a koala applique and butterflies instead. The front pocket can be divided in half yielding 2 pockets or don't sew the dividing line and you have a large pocket, great for a water bottle. Above the front slip pocket is a zippered pocket. There are pockets inside and a great phone pocket on the back of the bag. So you can really specialize the bag to your tastes and needs by adding pockets or not.

The bag closes with a zippered closure to keep it all nice and secure.

Here is my version in denim with a touch of applique (Koala from Shiny Happy People).

The bottom has a heavy weight interfacing fused in place, but I also quilted through it to make sure it stayed nice and secure.

Zippered bag closure and on the upper back of the bag is the phone pocket with rivets on the sides.

I added Pocket Supplement A to this bag. You can purchase this pocket supplement separately for a few dollars. It features a pen pocket on the left side, a pleated pocket and a slip pocket in the red polka dot fabric and behind that is another pocket that is divided in half. so just right here you have 5 pockets!

Zippered inside pocket across the street from the Supplement A slip pockets.

Outside front zippered pocket.

This large bag is nice and roomy. If you make this bag with the cargo pocket on the front and the Supplement A pockets inside, plus the other pockets you would have a total of eleven pockets in all! Mine has only ten pockets, lol!

You can purchase the pdf only or the video course which includes the pdf. I tested the video course and it's fabulous! if you sign up for Christine's newsletter you can get a discount code for this bag and any future bag patterns, but the code expires Thursday, Australia time.
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To see more versions of this bag in the 2 sizes, visit the blog that shows the other tester versions. Plus you can see the cargo pocket on most of the test versions to decide if you would like to add that pocket to your bag or not.

And see Christine show you both sizes and how the bag converts in her preview video here.
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  1. What a fun bag and I love the little Koala on it!

  2. wow, i love a big bag with lots of pockets and you were wise enough to use strong material that can stand up to what ever you put in the backpack. i also love how versatile the bag/backpack is. what a great job and your added applique is adorable. i appreciate that you not only take on a challenging project but you are willing to do it in multiple sizes as well. well done as always


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