Beaded Crossbody Pouch Cradles Your Smartphone in Style

What one item is nearly always with you? Smartphone?

What if you could easily carry your smartphone EVEN if you had no pockets or purse?

Wouldn’t you love for your carrier to be beaded?

Those questions prompted my ongoing cell bag project.

The first pouch, a total experiment, went to a friend who fell in love with its beaded strap.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch, Bag #1

Since then, feedback from other users has led to all manner of improvements.

Conversations about the bag add to my research: the optimum crossbody length, a recessed inside flap for easier access, non-slip strap, colorful options.

Each new imput confirms this cute bag as a popular item, a staple of my beaded offerings. The same knowingness prompted my “Barely There” necklaces which continue to be in demand.

When I mentioned it to my crafty friend in Colorado she brought out leather from her stash. We made three bags in a day.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouches

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouches, Colarado collage

 

One of her contributions was a wave to the pattern that I’ve since worked into the permanent design.

Prompted by enthusiastic feedback, I continued the experiment. My love of bead embellishment spurred a variety of presentations.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch, Turquoise & red

I created a bag drenched in beads for Ann’s birthday, featuring her favorite colors of fuchsia and chartreuse.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouch, Fuchsia & Chartreuse

Supporters suggested I jury the pouches into Amapola Gallery. As a coop artist, you must receive permission to branch out from your original niche. In this case, I’d be adding the pouches to my jewelry items.

Not only will I do that, I plan to offer the new item for sale during the Sandia Heights Studio Art Tour, September 6-7, 2014.

If you don’t like the bulk a full purse adds, my workbench features a number of pending crossbody pouches to help you keep your phone handy.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouches, In Progress

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded Crossbody Smartphone Pouches, In Progress

What do you think – could this solution work for you?