VINYL PROVIDES A CLEAR VIEW
Have you ever had to open every bag you had in your luggage just to find one lipstick or hairspray? It’s painful and frustrating when time isn’t available to spare. For this reason, today’s post takes a look at the use of vinyl in bags.
Vinyl is making a definite place for itself ever since the TSA made a requirement for the carry-on restrictions for toiletries. But even if you’re not traveling, having everything in easy view does have it’s advantages.
designers making use of vinyl
I remember working for Filene’s (a Boston department store) in college and having to keep all of my personal items in a little vinyl zipper pouch. This was to avoid theft by employees, which was a very real thing (especially with the college age security detail. OMG. Truth!!). It never struck me back then in the late 1980’s that it would also become a fashion statement.
Even high end luxury brands incorporate vinyl (yes, like the shower curtain type) into their lines. Take a look at these examples:
Honestly, I can’t imagine spending the kind of money these cost for a bag made of PVC. That said, there is an appeal to it. It’s a great option for poolside or for a day on the boat. And travel, well that’s where it’s perfect! You don’t have to spend a fortune though.
Take a look at these clear view bags I found on Amazon. I have to admit that they’re kind of cute!
There’s another cute brand of bags that uses vinyl/PVC in several of their products, called Stoney Clover Lane. My middle daughter put me onto them so that’s probably where my inspiration came for today’s feature bag.
designing bags with a clear view
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like sewing with vinyl. It’s a tough character that doesn’t like to move through the sewing machine or be pinned. And if you mess up, well it’s time for the garbage. BUT … I do use it in cosmetic bags, typically for pockets.
I thought, however, that it might be fun to add it to the top of a bag to make it really easy to see what’s inside. Then, packing and grabbing is super easy! This is what I came up with for my desigin.
I’m curious to see if this bag hits the mark with people. The upside of vinyl is that it’s clear (uh, duh) and also waterproof. The downside, equally obvious, is that it does puncture. This bag uses 10 gauge vinyl so it is fairly thick while still pliable. What do you think?
If you would like a bag that’s made using PVC or vinyl, just let me know. The bag shown is available for $90. Please email me if you would like to purchase.
That’s it for today! Stay well and healthy. XOXO, Ali.
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