New in the shop: Cross Body Bags

For the first time, The Tragic Whale shop will carry large bags! About a year ago I started prototyping an Adventure Bag. Something big enough to hold a water bottle and snacks and a wallet and my mittens and the knickknacks I collect when I’m out wandering around (like rocks. I bring home a LOT of rocks). It had to have an adjustable strap. It had to have a lot of pockets. And it had to be practical. The first one I made had it’s flaws. The strap was too flimsy and some pockets were too small. I didn’t like how the straps attached to the bag itself.

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But this design, this one I’m really happy with. It has 4 easy-to-reach-in pockets (2 inside and 2 outside), a zipper pocket inside for secret things, and sturdy adjustable strap.

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I think it’s taken so long for me to offer a bag like this because it can be frustrating to sew a larger project. At least for me. My desk is my sewing work space, but it’s also my computer desk, writing desk, crafting desk, and snack time desk. I photograph my bags, pack orders, and sift through finances at my desk. A lot of things have a home here, and when you’re feeding 2 feet of fabric through a sewing machine on a barley foot and a half wide desk, things are going to get knocked into and stuck and hit the wall and the next thing you know, the machine is jammed and you’re nursing a multitude of pin pricks.

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A few of these bags have a magnetic button to hold them closed and a few don’t.

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I wanted to offer a variation, but after they were finished I realized it would probably be better to offer the snap as an add-on. It’s the last thing added before I sew it shut, so it wouldn’t be a problem to leave the bags unfinished and then finish them after an order is placed. Sadly, I didn’t think of that BEFORE, so this first round will have to be as is.

You can find these bags in the new “Cross Body Bags” section! Check them out, let me know what you think. And if you like them, make sure to ask your friends and family to surprise you with one for your next birthday :)

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3 Responses to “New in the shop: Cross Body Bags”


  1. 1 Jessica March 15, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Awesome! I love crossbody bags and I love your sewing so I’ll have to pick one of these up sometime soon. I also bring home a lot of rocks and you can only put so many in your pants pockets before having some issues if you aren’t wearing a belt. All of the fabrics you use are so cute, I don’t know how I’ll choose!

    • 2 TheTragicWhale March 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Belts! Why don’t they make rock belts- special belts to help hold up your pants due to rock weight AND with lots of pockets to hold more rocks “for avid collectors and exercise enthusiasts.” Also, let me know if you have another fabric idea in mine! I can dig through my stash to see if here is a print you like better than the ones I have listed.

      • 3 Jessica March 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm

        You definitely have the skill to craft a rock belt! That’s a great idea. And I’m not going to have money to get an adventure bag anytime soon, but hopefully I will in the not-too-distant future.


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