Introducing the Traveling Companion Bag…I love this bag! And I’m excited to offer this pattern so you can make one, or more, for yourself. Let’s talk details first and then I’ll give you some thoughts about making your own.
- Finished size of large bag: 18″ x 6″ x 14″
- Finished size of small bag: 14″ x 5″ x 10″
- Zippered top (zipper installation method: “zipper sandwich”)
- Large has three exterior pockets and one interior pocket
- Small has two exterior pockets and one interior pocket
- Peltex on the sides and the bottom/Shape Flex and Thermolam on Front and Back panels/Decor Bond on lining
- Yardage requirements for both 45″ wide and 54″ wide+ fabrics
- Supply list
- Cutting checklist for fabrics and all interfacings
- Cutting layout diagrams
- Step by step instructions with diagrams
- Tips for a great looking bag
The bag is boxy and roomy. With the Peltex, Shape Flex, Thermolam and Decor Bond, it stands up on its own. (The bags in the photos are all empty. No stuffing required for staging.) Accessing the interior is easy with the zippered top. I’ve rated this bag for intermediate sewists or really brave beginners. All the seams are straight which is easy enough. But you do have to manhandle the pieces as you put the exterior of the bag together and also when you attach the lining. Patience is probably the most important skill.
Assembling the bag requires stop/start sewing. Careful marking of 1/2″ seam allowances at the corners and precise backstitching, along with careful clipping, are the keys to crisp corners. Depending on fabric choices, seams may need some grading at the corners. All the straight lines on this bag make it a great canvas for your unique expression. Add ribbons or other trim. Fussy cut design elements. Use a different print for each piece to achieve a patchwork look. Or make actual patchwork pieces to size for the pattern’s pieces. Quilt the front and back pieces before adding the pockets. There’s a lot of room for creativity here!
I suggest spot cleaning this bag. If you absolutely have to wash it, hand wash it carefully and air dry before ironing it. If you’ll be taking this bag everywhere, and there’s a high probability you’ll want to, think about spraying the finished bag with Scotchguard or other stain repellent.