This bag came to be as I needed a bag to use as carry on when flying to Stockholm, and as it's for use in Stockholm, it had to be big enough to fit both my laptop, an extra sweater and everything else I need while travelling or for a full day on the town. This bag is perfect for both!
This stylish, no fuss design with a simple big exterior pocket and a zippered pocket at the back is perfect for the advanced beginner all the way up to the advanced bagmaker who potentially could spice it up in numerous ways! It has a zippered pocket in the lining and some open lining pockets for cellphones and other little things.
I hope you'll have as much fun making your bag as I did and that you'll get just as much use out of yours as I'm getting from mine!
BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY
This is a good pattern for the advanced beginner, it has 42 color photos showing every step of making the bag, but basic sewing skills is naturally good to have.
~12" high and ~18" wide at the top.
1 Yard exterior fabric (the black faux leather), of your choice, faux leather, vinyl, waxed tablecloth, cotton or canvas.
2/3 Yard lining (the turquoise solid inside the bag) in cotton.
2/3 Yard contrast fabric (the blue-green lantern print) in cotton.
8" x 6 1/2" scrap cotton fabric matching the exterior fabric.
1.6 Yards, 20" heavy weight interfacing such as Fast 2 Fuse, Pellon Peltex or a foam stabilizer like Soft and Stable.
(2 x 29" Pellon Thermolam or other fusible interfacing with a little loft and stability for handles - if using cotton or other thin fabric for your exterior. Skip this if using pre-made handles or a sturdy exterior fabric.)
1 Yard of medium-light weight interfacing such as Vilene G700 woven fusible or Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex.
(1) 8" Zipper for exterior pocket.
(1) Bag bottom if you want (I didn't use one).
(4) Bag feet if you want (gives such a professional touch).
(1) Magnetic snap (if you want a closure for your bag).
(1) 10" Zipper for the lining pocket.
Rotary cutter, cutting mat & ruler.
Wonder Clips or similar.
Heavy duty thread matching your home exterior fabric in color.
This is a PDF file pattern for download and printing yourself. It's a full color pattern with step by step instructions, each accompanied by a color photo to make it fun to sew and the pattern easy to follow.
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