My granddaughter Isabella requested a duffle bag for her 11th birthday. She chose the fabric when she was visiting last month.
I used the Travel Duffle Bag pattern from ByAnnie.com along with the fabulous Soft & Stable product from the same website. Soft and Stable is a foam like product that gives wonderful stability and shape to purses and bags. The webiste also sells finishing kits, zippers and hardware for all of their patterns.
I spent several hours on Friday night, quilting the fabric and cutting out the pieces so I would be ready to go for our Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild Sew Day on Saturday. This pattern is very detail oriented and time consuming, but I love the result. One of the first components of the bag that I completed were the end pieces, and my fellow quilters insisted that I must be making oven mitts or slippers. These photos are for their benefit
I also promised to follow the directions on the pattern which is hard for me to do and I confess that I deviated slightly on this one as well. The pattern instructions were to assemble the duffle bag and as a last step, bind the raw seam allowances inside the duffle. I have struggled with this step in making bags in the past so I decided to bind the duffle body and the two end pieces above SEPARATELY FIRST – before assembling the bag. I was aware that the inside would then have two bound edges in each seam but for ease of sewing, I thought it was worth it. The photos above show the end pieces bound!
It was very easy to bind the pieces individually and the second photo shows the binding on the inside.
There were a total of three zippers – two on outside pockets and a double-slide zipper for the top. Since I bound the entire duffle body before I put in the top zipper, I loved the finished look around the zipper.
The handles and strap were made with fabric covered strapping and the hardware made the finished product very professional looking. If you are a visual learner, this bag pattern doesn’t have alot of photos which can be challenging but the instructions were well written.
Lots more photos!
The details include pockets on both ends, a center pocket on the back, two zippered pockets and a center pocket on the front, a divided pocket on the inside, two handles as well as a carrying strap that has a cushioned pad and is adjustable. There are even zipper pulls from the coordinating fabric. As noted, lots of details but it makes for a very professional project.
I would suggest that this bag is for intermediate sewists and you can probably purchase one for less than it costs to make this but as a special project for a special person – it’s fabulous!
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