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Hybrid Belt Bag And The Cult of Namaste

Namaste bags are the affordable Birkin Bag of the maker community. I first heard of them a little over a year ago when I noticed a knitter carrying the backpack at one of my knitflix nights. My eyes widened when I realized that it was a bag specifically designed for makers. Since then my obsession has only deepened as more new styles get released. BUT with that said for me I don't care how popular an item is. If it isn't a good product, in my opinion, you won't hear about it on this blog. It doesn't make sense for me to recommend something that doesn't work. This is the story of how I joined the cult of Namaste.


(I do want to add a note that all of these pictures and most of this post were taken and written before the craziness that is the world right now.)

My first Namaste bag was the circle bag in white. I've only had it for a few months and it is by far my favorite bag. This bag was truly loved at first sight but when I opened it and actually had a chance to explore every aspect of the bag I realized it was so much more than I was expecting it to be. It's difficult for me to only list a few of my all-time favorite features of this bag. But since this isn't the reason why you are here I'll limit my list to three.

3. It's also a purse.

One thing that I think other craft bags were missing in the time before Namaste (which will, for historical purposes, now be referred to as B.N.) is the ability to also be used as an everyday bag. It has become my go-to bag and I love that I don't have to carry a separate project bag anymore.

2. The yarn feeder!

I know many of you assumed this would be number one, but just you wait. I love this for all of the obvious reasons and more. One thing that you can't tell in the pictures is how high quality it is. Coming from a background in the fashion industry I know how easy it would have been for them to cut corners on this. I would have still liked it if it was made out of a lightweight plastic but the fact that it's not takes it to a whole new level. It's a stunning feature.



1. The keyring chain is a MEASURING TAPE!!!!!!!

Only a maker would think of this and it's consistently the thing that gets a reaction when I show this bag to other makers. Each notch is spaced an inch apart. There's also an adorable stitch marker on the tassel.

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Hybrid Belt Bag

I had to get that off my chest before getting into the reason you are here just so you are aware that my fandom was deep before I even saw this new bag. Those of you who know me know that I am a shameless advocate for the comeback of the Fanny Pack. I have too many to count and have been known to give them out as gifts to my most treasured friends. Fanny packs are, in my opinion deeply under-appreciated but they are by far my favorite style of bag. So when I saw that Namaste had created the Hybrid Belt Bag I knew that would be my next Namaste bag. And then the most magical thing happened. They asked to send me one to review.


I will say, I've had companies send my things for review and it's become very clear that it's not in the same condition as it would be if they didn't know I was going to write about it. But I can say that the experience I had with the circle bag was incredibly pleasant. Their customer service was extremely communicative and it was a pleasure to order from them. So I feel confident in recommending them to you.

Now, I can't say this loud enough... THIS BAG IS GORGEOUS!!!! It has the quality that I've come to expect from a Namaste bag along with functionality I need in a project bag.  It's very well made and I love that it feels more expensive than it is.

I chose to go with the black version this time. The white is more my style but white bags get dirty easily. Side note, they are SUPER easy to clean. But since I wear a lot of denim I wanted to go with a darker shade to prevent the dye from wearing off onto the bag.


There is a separate compartment for your project

Just like the circle bag, this bag has a separate section for your projects. This gives you the ability to wear it as a fashionable bag along with being a craft bag. When I first saw this bag I assumed that there was one big compartment in the center. I didn't realize that I would be able to keep my project separate. It has saved me so many headaches. I can't tell you how many projects I have messed up by forgetting that they were in my purse and then throwing my keys on top of them. Only to realize my mistake later.

Snaps!

One thing this bag has that the circle bag didn't have are snaps. The project section closes with snaps instead of a second zipper. I wouldn't change a thing about the circle bag but I do really love this detail on the fanny pack. I'm a clumsy person and I've already caught my project in the circle bag's zipper a few times. So I love that I don't have to think about that with the Belt Bag. They also sell Oh Snap project pouches that can fit in your bags to prevent that from happening. So maybe that's the solution for the gracefully challenged among us.

The Branding Is Perfect!

I have never been into obvious labels. I prefer a more subtle look. Only another maker will recognize the bag as a Namaste bag. I've had several makers come up to me while I'm wearing them and give me a knowing look. It's like having a secret that only we understand and it has led to many fun conversations about knitting and crafting!

I've found myself being every bit the millennial and wearing the bag diagonally across my chest so if you are more comfortable wearing it that way you have that option too.

I think it's safe to say that I drank the cool-aid and this passed non-bias about one circle bag and twenty compliments ago. But I can confidently give the Namaste bag the Bobble stamp of approval. I can already tell you that my next Namaste bag is going to be the mini backpack. It's super cute and it reminds me of the backpack that the step-mom wears in the Parent trap (the Lindsay version) when they go hiking.

I hope you're all staying safe and healthy. Let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Namaste bag or product.

What companies/small businesses do you want to hear about next? I'm taking this time to spotlight the makers you want to support. Leave your suggestions in the comments below along with any thoughts you have about this new online class. I’m also always on the hunt for inspiring crafters so if there's a maker you want to see an interview with let me know and I'll see what I can do. You can follow along on my Instagram account @bobbleclubhouse for your daily(ish) dose of all things fiber.

Until next time, happy crafting!



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