Today I thought I would share a
fun and easy tutorial for
"Lined Travel Bags"
I designed them to go with my new
Millie's Closet fabric line.
I don't know about you...
but when I travel,
I like to keep my things separated
inside my suitcase to protect them.
Things like sweaters or delicate clothing
items are good to keep separated so
that they aren't roughed up during travel...
and I also like to keep my shoes
in separate bags too.
This bag finishes at about 10" x 16"
perfect for a pair of shoes or
for whatever else you may need it:)
For each bag you will need...
2 Fat quarters.
One for the outside of the bag...
and one for the lining.
Cut EACH fat quarter to measure 17" x 21".
For the tie you will need one
2 1/2" x 44" strip of fabric.
Fold the lining in half with
right sides together so that it
measures 10 1/2" x 17".
On the side that isn't folded,
measure 7" down from the top and
5" up from the bottom...
placing a mark on the seam allowance
so that you know where to
stop and start stitching....
this is your opening for turning
right side out later.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance,
sew along the bottom edge and the side, leaving the top open...
and make sure to leave the opening
that you have marked unstitched.
Don't forget to backstitch each time
that you stop and start again.
Fold the bag front in half with right sides together so that it measures 10 1/2" x 17".
You will need to leave an opening for
the tie on this piece.
Measure 2" down from the top and mark...
then measure another 1 1/4" down
from that line and mark again.
You should have 2 marks 1 1/4"apart.
Stitch along the bottom and the side...leaving the area between your markings unstitched. Backstitch to secure stitches each time
you stop and start again.
You will need to finger press the seams open on the bag front and stitch around the casing opening so that the seam allowance won't come out when you tie and untie your bag.
By the way...I used matching thread on my other bags but I used contrasting thread for this one so that you could see my stitches:)
For this next step,
turn the bag front right side out but
keep the lining turned wrong side out.
Place the bag front inside of the lining and line up the top edges and the
side seam allowance.
Pin into place and stitch all the way
around the top edges.
Remember the opening in the lining?...
it's time to pull the
front of the bag through it...
Now both front and lining are sewn together
at the top and both are turned
right side out like this.
Now top stitch the opening in
the lining closed...
As I said before, your front and lining are sewn together at the top...
now push the lining inside of the
bag front until they both lay
as flat as possible and
give your bag a nice press.
To form your casing for the tie...
sew a line 1 1/2" down from the top...
and then another line 2 3/4" from the top.
You will have a casing that
measures 1 1/4" wide..
and a finished opening in the
bag front for the tie!
Fold your 2 1/2" x 44" strip of fabric
with right sides together and
stitch down the side with
a 1/4" seam allowance.
Use your favorite turning method and
turn it right side out...
for this one I used the
tried and true
safety pin method
that my mom taught me:)
give it a nice press and
tuck the seam allowance inside on
each end and topstitch closed.
I used the safety pin again
my tie thru the casing.
Lay your bag out flat until the end
of the ties are even...
And stitch a small zigzag back and forth
a few times over the center of
the tie inside the casing
so that it won't come out!
The tie is long enough to tie a cute bow:)
Your bag is ready for travel...
or gift giving:)
I think I'll make a few of these
my mom for Mother's Day
them with something fun!
I wanted to show you one of the bags
that I made using my fabric that
looks like it's already been pieced...
but it wasn't...it just comes off the bolt
that way!...that's how I designed it:)
I have made several of these bags already and I have even more cut out and ready to go.
I hope you all enjoyed my latest tutorial...
and until next time...
have a quilty kind of day!!!