Travel Duffel

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I'm very pleased with the professional look of the completed bag. I'm proud of the extra details I incorporated, like the applique, piping, key-leash, and the really cool origami pocket I took from Studio Cherie's Departure Satchel pattern. I'm looking forward to making a colorful quilty version next! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun choosing fabrics and take it one step at a time!

What you will need

  • cotton duck
  • polyester batting
  • quilting cotton
  • zippers
  • piping
  • wide double-fold binding
  • purchased appliques and hardware
  • jute webbing

Q&A with sewkate

Bagsbags asked:
I made ten of these travel bags for Christmas presents 2012, because I was making so many I decided to use the pre- quilted fabric. They were very nice but did not look anywhere close to yours. Even at that my daughters, step daughters and granddaughters loved them. I also made matching makeup bags. My project was a lot of work but I loved the bags (I used 30 zippers on my Christmas gifts,) whew what fun!
sewkate answered:
Wow! That's a lot of work! I know they would be great gifts. Your family is so lucky!
NiceThreads asked:
This is the nicest of these bags I've seen. Beautiful detailing. I love it!
sewkate answered:
Thank you! It was fun to do and I look forward to making another!
Cherie Killilea asked:
Great work! I can't even tell you how thrilled I am to see you incorporating parts of other bags - the magazine pocket from the trolley duffle and the origami pop-up pocket from the departure satchel. Every time I write a pattern, I dream of the person who will pick it up and run with it. It's you!! Thanks for posting.
sewkate answered:
What a lovely compliment, you made my day! Thank you.
NiceThreads asked:
That side pocket is such a professinal touch. Was it difficult to do? I've never tried anything like that before.
sewkate answered:
It wasn't hard at all. The directions are really good!
LindieLee asked:
Beautiful bag - is Cotton Duck washable?
sewkate answered:
I didn't wash it, and I plan to dry clean if necessary. But I bet it would be fine so long as you pre-washed it to shrink it before cutting.

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