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I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...

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Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags
Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags
Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags
Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags
Quilted Sewing & Travel Organizer Bags

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing and quilting skills

Pattern Description:

Use this trio of quilted bags to stash your hand-sewing tools and craft iron so you can grab them and go when you're headed to sewing class or appointments where you may have a little time for handwork.

Ditty Bag
This little bag is super-quick to sew; the separating zipper is the key to making it easy to construct. It's the perfect size for your scissors, needles, thimble, measuring gauge, and any other small tools you want to keep together and close at hand. Use it when you travel to organize charger cords or other small items in your suitcase or carry-on.

Carry Me Tote with Handles
This little bag is the perfect place to tuck your handwork, plus the Ditty Bag with your hand-sewing tools. It opens wide, making it easy to pack and then find what you've tucked inside. You can tuck your mini-iron in too, for sewing class or to use when staying in a hotel room. The tote is also a great travel companion for organizing small items in your carry-on or checked luggage.

Insulated Iron Caddy/Pressing Mat
Use this multi-purpose caddy to pack a small craft iron for sewing class or tuck your flat iron and other small hair items inside when traveling. There's room for other hair items too. Unzip it to reveal a padded pressing mat to keep by your sewing machine and to use at your table during during sewing or quilting classes. It's also good for small touch-up pressing jobs in your hotel room. Lined with silver-coated fabric for ironing boards, the caddy includes a layer of insulated batting too.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Ditty Bag: 2"deep x 5" high x 7" long
  • Carry Me Tote with Handles: 13-1/2" x 7" x 2-1/2"
  • Insulated Iron Caddy/Pressing Mat:5" x 14" closed 10" x 14" open


  • Basic sewing and quilting tools

You Will Also Need:

  • Optional: Insul-Bright insulated batting
  • Separating zippers for each bag
  • Thread
  • Optional: Narrow ribbon for tassels
  • Silver-coated ironing board fabric