QUICK UPDATE! YES….this pattern IS now available….it’s the Lombard Street bag and is in my pattern shop HERE!

So I thought it is time to give you a sneak peak at the pattern I am working on at the moment, given it is not far off completion! It is a cross the body bag (Or do you like to say ‘across’ the body bag? LOL) with an adjustable strap, among many other features…..BUT it is no ordinary cross the body bag…it comes with a little secret!

Here’s the front view:

ChrisW Designs new Cross the Body Bag

Front view

Let’s zoom in a little closer:

Cross the body bag - by ChrisW Designs

Closer view….

Ok…..a little closer still:

A PDF pattern for a cross the body bag with a secret!

Closeup of front pocket configuration

Well….admitedly it is a little hard to tell what you are looking at in this picture so I will fill you in! On the front of the bag, which we are looking at in the above photo….it has two large slip pockets (The two bottom zig zag lines) a smart phone pocket hidden within the top large slip pocket (No that isn’t the secret!)….

ChrisW Designs Cross the Body Bag PDF Designer bag pattern

Another view of the front pockets

PLUS a hidden zipper pocket recessed below and behind the top line just below my label.

You would be forgiven for thinking that is the secret I am referring to….but it isn’t! Let’s keep looking!

The top of the bag has a recessed zipper compartment….nothing secret about that, except that inside the main roomy compartment below this zipper, there are four additional slip pockets which you can’t see here! LOL

ChrisW Designs Recessed zipper closure of the cross the body bag

Recessed Zipper Closure

So now lets turn the bag around and take a look at the back:

Cross the body bag with adjustable strap

Back View with a Secret!

Now can you see what secret is hidden BEHIND the bag? No, not really? OK…Here’s a side view:

ChrisW Designs advanced sewing pattern for a cross the body bag

Side view of the back of the bag

NOW can you see it? Here’s another pic for an even better birds eye view:

cross the body bag with Zippered iPad Pouch

Birds eye view!

Got it now? It’s a zippered, padded iPad pouch pocket, no less BUT much more! LOL Of course you could put any other similar sized electronic device in there or indeed anything else you might care to stash away! LOL

So…..what do you think? Do you like it?? I hope so! BUT….can you help me NAME the bag??

WIN a FREE Hardware kit PLUS newly released Pattern:

I am offering the newly released pattern PLUS the hardware both FREE of charge to whomever suggests the name I finally choose for the bag!

To enter simply leave your name (Or names!) suggestion in the comment section below! PLEASE leave your name as well as….and this is REALLY important…a method of contacting you should you win!….(The namer of Dawn to Dusk still has their hardware kit and pattern awaiting….was that YOU??) HINT: I am leaning towards a name other than a persons name BUT not one describing the fabric as this isn’t going to be the cover bag! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Testers Needed:

PLUS………I am looking for a handful of extra testers with access to ByAnnie’s Soft & Stableย stabiliser for making the bag PLUS an ipad or other similar electronic device (Ok…the iPad isn’t absolutely mandatory BUT would help if you do have one to test the fit! LOL), pretty please! I am thinking the pattern is likely to be rated Advanced simply because of the slightly more complex assembly of the iPad pouch pocket, so no beginners please!

Finished bag size = Approx. 24cm (9ยฝโ€)ย  X 29cm (11ยฝโ€) X 5cm ( 2โ€)

Testing will be either the weekend of the 15th/16th September OR the following weekend 22nd/23rd…..plus you will have a couple of extra days either before the weekend or after to test, depending on just when I get it finished! If you are keen to have a go at testing please email me direct (Not comment below please, this for NAMES only or other comments such as how much you LOVE the bag! LOLLL!)

Thanks for your interest! ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy bag making,


P.S. Please forgive me for not personally commenting on all the comments and name suggestions for this post….if I did, I would be here all day instead of working on the pattern! LOLL….BUT rest assurred I READ and appreciate every single one of them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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  1. I love the interesting “Z” configuration of the front pockets, hence the name that came to my mind is “Z-Pocket/Cross-body Bag” or “Z-Pocket/I-Pad Tote” or “Z Tech Tote”.
    Patti Vajda

  2. Love the look!
    Name: In and Out Bag (cause you put stuff in and then you go out!)
    Love the bag!

  3. Love your designs, Chris and I think you’ve really got it with this one, pockets, pockets, and more pockets. All of the ladies I sew for want a multitude of pockets!! Can’t wait to try this pattern.

  4. Love this bag! Need pattern immediately! Christmas present alert!!!!!! Must get started NOW. (LOVE that fabric).

  5. Chris I would call it the Switchback Bag. It reminds me of hiking down into the Grand Canyon and the way the paths switchback (zigzag down into the canyon). Looks great!

  6. The Zorro bag, after that old film with the chap who left the mark of Zorro (a Z shape) wherever he’d been.

  7. I can’t wait for this pattern!! It will fit my needs perfectly!! I would call it:
    Zig Zag Zaniness Bag or the
    Zany Zig Zag Bag
    because it is unbelievably zany that you’ve managed to put so much storage in such a small bag!!

  8. This is a really great bag design! It has everything I am looking for in a cross body bag plus the size looks to be just right.
    How about calling it “The Everything Bag”.

  9. This bag has everything I have been looking for in a cross body bag- and the finished size looks to be great also.
    How about calling it “The Everything Bag”!

  10. HOLD IT ALL CROSS THE BODY BAG, that’s what I would call it because it will hold everything you need. It looks great very stylish & would suit young & old & I even think you use IT for a man bag & it wouldn’t look girly if done in the right colour.xx

  11. Love this bag Chris. BTW I am smiling at Serena’s suggestion for a name. It is a clever pun; it does criss-cross, it’s a cross-body bag and it gives a nod to you the designer – it’s clever.
    Now onto my lame by comparison ideas:
    Tech Toting
    Techie tote
    The i-handy bag
    i-candy bag
    Tablet Tote/Pouch

  12. I immediately though of “Lombard Street” in San Francisco with its tight hairpin turns. Plus it would be a great bag to take on a trip to San Francisco with all the hidden pockets and the iPad sleeve! Love it!!!

  13. With the secret pockets this makes me think of espionage. What about Covert Operation or Classified Information? Whatever you name it, it looks like a great bag!

  14. What a fabulous bag!! I love cross-body style bags so my hands are available for dealing with my kids. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would name it The Uber Bag – as in being Uber Organized! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Love the new bag It is so different from what you can buy in shops.
    Well wait for it so I can get it. I am not good at naming things

  16. My suggestion for a name for this new purse pattern is the COMPLETE CROSSOVER.
    It is complete with anything a person could want, & it’s a cross-body, crossover. Even add your name,
    Chris’ Complete Crossover. Easy to remember & talk about, &makes your name permanently linked with the “Perfect
    Purse”. It is the perfect purse because it really is a purse, with the added benefit that you can carry the I-Pad in the padded zipper pocket on the back!

  17. How about the Ziggurat Bag? Like the temples, it has the zig-zag steps leading up to the top, provides security and storage, is complex inside but simply stylish!

  18. A great looking pattern> I like the fact it could be made with male orientated fabric for men who would like a bag to carry their IPAD, keys and phone in:) So a gender neutral name could be good:) Not that I can think of one!!!

  19. wow Chris – you do love to challenge us all! Love it. I’m corny when it comes to naming things… how about “Zip it Good” Cross Body Bag ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Chris your talent never ceases to amaze me! This one is so beautiful! as every bag you make! The pattern reminds me of Crop Circles, so it would me my crop circle out of this world bag!!! Thanks for sharing it at the Fluster Buster party, Lizy party co host

  21. Love this bag Chris, you have some super ideas, and really know what us women want in a bag, and i think this has everything I want! I quite like the name you have already used “cross the body bag”
    The Z Bag or The Z Tote
    Chris-Cross Messenger bag
    The Z Body Bag
    The Z Crossover
    The Z Messenger
    Keep those patterns coming ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Fabulous bag. How about Zig Zag Kangaroo bag. The added zipped pocket immediately reminded me of a kangaroo.
    Just thought of another one … Zig Zag A Roo bag.

  23. How about “The “I’s” Have It” bag? For the I pad, the I phone and everything in between. Love, love love the bag. So unique and functional. Can’t wait to purchase the pattern!

  24. A few of my name suggestions
    Everything in its place purse
    Secret Agent Bag
    Gotta Have It All Bag
    It looks like an awesome bag and so “me!” I can’t wait to try out the pattern.
    Lori Crawford

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