I finished my new matching set of travel bags just in time for us to set off on a new adventure. (More on that in another post.)
I absolutely love that fabric. When I was packing them for our trip, I couldn’t help but smile at how pretty they were.
For the triangular/prism shaped bag I used this fantastic tutorial that I found on Craftster.
I fussy cut the fabric for the front and the back of the bag so that those beautiful birds could be showcased.
What I love about that tutorial is that she gives simple, clear instructions for how to draw up your own pattern for the bag.
This boxy bag was made using a combination of several different tutorials that I found on-line.
It is fully lined with no exposed seams inside. When cutting the fabric I sized it so that a can of shaving cream fits perfectly inside along with a razor, plus more.
I’ve made several of these panty shaped bags in the past, so I just traced around one that I made years ago to get the pattern for these two.
The rectangular bag, I made up as I went along. It’s just a simple zip bag with the front and back (plus lining) cut to the size I needed.
Then to the lining, I added some pockets to keep all the cables and cords separate.
The pattern for this last bag is called the Bionic Gear Bag. Of all the bags for this travel set, this one took the longest to make.
This is the front of my Bionic Gear Bag
The back of my Bionic Gear Bag
It took an evening just to cut out and fuse interfacing to all the pieces. Then another afternoon to sew the interior together plus another very long evening to sew the exterior to the interior, sew on the side binding, install the last very long zipper and add the binding to the zipper.
I consider myself a fairly accomplished seamstress but the final phase of the bag almost defeated me. The pattern is 36 pages long, has a rating of beginner and yet still I spent a considerable amount of time on-line searching to see if other people had made it and what tips and tricks they might have posted.
In the end though, I am pleased with how the bag turned out, despite the trouble I had finishing it.
This is what it looks like on the inside:
I made it to replace the make-up bag that I’ve had since before I married Dave.
That’s the old make-up bag pictured on the right. And scattered around in front of the bags is everything that came out of it.
Everything pictured above plus more fit into the Bionic Gear Bag.
True to it’s name, it does hold a lot of “gear.”
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