Monday, September 5, 2016

Travel bag

I've needed a new travel bag for my "bathroom stuff" forever. However it's been impossible to find just the right thing. I take lots of medicine and wear contacts in addition to the normal stuff a girl needs when she travels. 

And that led to this...via Pinterest and Craftsy of course! I don't have a true tutorial for this 'cause it was one of those "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of project. I can tell you that it turned out larger than I thought and only took 4 fat quarters. And it's lined too! 

I used two fat quarters for the outside (don't you love the print!!) and 2 solid colors for the outside, one 28" zipper (didn't know what size I needed but they're pretty easy to cut to size) and Pellon 70 ultra firm stabilizer. 

I made a cardboard template from a letter size piece of cardboard that was an insert from something.
I traced my medicine container to get the overall length and width and measured my tallest item (contact solution bottle) to make sure that everything I needed fit height wise. I had enough fabric with the 4 fat quarters to add a pocket in the top inside for my meds that I can be sure are gonna stay where they should. 
Once I decided how big I needed the bag (mine is 10" tall overall), I started measuring pieces before I cut anything just to make sure I could use the fabric I wanted. (I bought the skull print months ago and knew that I wouldn't be able to find anymore.) I found the directions for the zipper installation and the construction of the sides in a class on Craftsy called "Sew Sturdy Travel Organizers" by Annie Unrein. The travel organizers in her class are made for taking to sewing or quilting class. They're very easy to follow and she gives great instructions which made it easy for me to adjust the size. 
It took me a little while to work out the pattern in my head and I was also smart enough to put it down when I was getting turned around in my brain. Which meant not too many seams had to be undone...yea!!
And if you never looked into Craftsy classes you really should. The ones I have are very easy to follow along with and you have the opportunity to ask question as well as see what others have made. Really good ideas on the site and they have some great sales. And they have sales a lot...fabric, supplies and classes are all put on sale at one time or another. If you sign up for the email notifications, they'll send you an email when sales happen!