It’s been almost 3 months since I wrote down my new years’ resolutions… Do you still remember yours? And have you accomplished something already? Well, to follow up on one of mine, since I wanted to professionalize my designs, I made a Bag Spec sheet. And you should have one too. Check out the rest of the post to see how and where to get/make it!
During the series about how to price your product and how to design a bag, it became clear to me that you can’t just grab some leather and start making some bags if you want to stay in business. I didn’t start even with a business but I like to be prepared. Summing everything up, you need to know a lot even before you start. To make it more uniform and easy to the eye, I found an amazing spec sheet in the book, Bag Design, I got last Christmas. But now I found you a little treat … you can download it from their website (once you signed in for free) for free! The link is here.
This time it’s not about personalizing a leather product, but as you can imagine not every sheet you find online will be exactly as you want. Therefore I loved it they made it an Excel sheet (instead of a PDF for example)! I used the knowledge I gained while writing the series mentioned above to adjust the sheet to make it work for me! You can exactly do the same.
Don’t worry if you’ve never worked with Excel you will be fine! This bag spec sheet is just like any other table in Word or in any other program which has tables. But if you do know your way around formula’s in Excel, you could make a whole database of your products. For example, while adding the prices you’ve paid for the hardware, your final product price could be adjusted automatically, taking the formula of the last post in how to price your products into account. Or if you make a whole bunch of different bags you could use the deadlines on a separate sheet to prioritize your days. Whatever you can think of, you could use it on your sheet.
Digital or in Print
Once you are done designing your spect sheet you could print a whole notebook of them to draw on it, add material swatches to it or you could keep it all digital, or both digital and in print. You should try to figure out what works for you.
I think I will keep it digital and see if I need to tweak it just a little bit more. But for now, I am satisfied with the end product. Good luck with designing your design bag spec sheet!