Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patchwork Duffle Bag
I'm so happy to cross this finish off my list! I started this bag in the beginning of November, working on it here and there when I found time. The pattern is the Holiday in London Duffle Bag by Bari J (you can find it for sale here). I choose to deviate from the pattern slightly by using patchwork panels constructed using a quilt as you go method. This means leaving out interfacing and using batting + cotton duck canvas. I also left out the final step of pintucking the edges. I started and my machine was just not having it, too many thick layers!
Pat Bravo's Rock n' Romance and added Art Gallery blenders and prints in similar colors from other lines. All the quilting was done with my favorite color of Aurifil 50wt thread, #2600, a light gray.
my other duffle bag. I had no luck finding the hardware locally, so I ordered it from here.
Anna's super easy tutorial for making piping. I didn't know it was so easy! I could have stitched a little closer when I stitched it in place, but oh well. It was my first time using piping, so I was happy as pie just to get it on there!
Here is a size reference photo with my clear ruler.
I think if I make this bag again, I'll use the recommended fabric and interfacing. There were definitely times when I knew my choices (lots of seams, batting, canvas) were making things more difficult than they needed to be. Thank goodness I love it, and patchwork!