preface: my hubs and I are going to Vegas this weekend! I have never been, and we are both excited for pool side cocktails and a lack of whining in the background. It is our 10 year wedding anniversary while we are there, my instagram feed is going to be… AWESOME.
I do a lot of my own bag making. I have a style I like, and I I use it almost exclusively. But I got lost in the wonders at Noodlehead this weekend, and decided for our trip I wanted some matching baggage.
Some of you may have been following along monday on instagram as I posted completed bags, I was really on a making train and had to share the love. its not over yet!
There is a great tutorial on the Robert Kaufman site for this duffle bag. I made it a little bigger to meet the exact airline standards. And I made it from laminate… of course. I also made one for my husband. These bags are great! I put 2 pairs of heels, 3 days worth of day wear and night out wear in there! plus toiletries and a pair of flip flops! Hubby’s bag is holding similar, but with less variety and no heels (snort). The size is EXACTLY 9 x 14 x 22 ! just right for the overhead compartment.
It helped that I have the same laminate print in 2 colors. I omitted the pockets on the front, because I wanted it to squeeze into an overhead compartment, and I don’t intend on using the pockets anyway. I used pinking shears on the interior seams and did not quilt the laminate.
But I really felt like I needed a big tote, for my camera and clutch and kindle and knitting. I was considering a good design in my head, but I only had 4 days, and LOTS of sewing. So I decided to let someone else do the designing and bought Noodleheads Super tote pattern.
This is a great pattern. the bag is a good size, and I made it to specific instruction. Next time I might add a sleeve for a tablet on the interior. I choose to do the recessed zipper, which is set big enough, that if you leave it unzipped it rests easily against the interior of the bag, staying out of the way. Because I used laminate, I added canvas as the stabilizer. The laminate is a cotton canvas from Echino (the cameras are available here), and it is very sturdy all on its own. I think in future makes, I will use an iron on stabilizer if I use standard cotton for the interior, mostly because I like the interior to be crisp. the laminate almost stands straight up on its own and doesn’t need added stabilizer. I choose to use jute strapping for the straps. The buggy Echino was purchased from @ginapina via instagram fabric destash.
I shoved everything I thought I would want access to on the plane inside to make sure it was going to work, and it is awesome.
Bonus: there is a clause in the pattern that allows for selling finished creations of this bag on a small scale. After Vegas, I am going to get a few of these ready for in the shop!
But, I needed a few other things that were small. I sewed so many zippers in yesterday on vinyl and laminate, sheesh.
I did not use a lining for these, I installed the zipper, and then sewed the bag together. I wanted them simple and see through. I havent been on a plane in 7 years, but I hear that they like to dig through your baggage. so I thought, if they could see through to my toiletries, that would be great. here is a brief instruction, for more information, here is another zipper tutorial using unusual materials.
I double checked and I am allowed to take my knitting, and needles onto the plane, but no blades (scissors etc). good thing I am only working on teeny tiny lace weight stockinette in the round…
If I can get to the lace round with plane knitting I will be super stoked… these little stitches take forever.
I also decided to make a smaller version of the pocketbook, as I don’t intend to write checks in Vegas, so, I wont need that. It turned out ok, but I need to make some adjustments to the magnet snap placement, and the card pocket sizes. It works, but my initial measurements were off.