Sew Portable Travel Set Pattern

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Happy Tuesday! Thanks for your support of my new patterns! I'm excited to chat more about the Sew Portable Travel Set pattern today!

Featherweight Travel Bags by Jeni Baker
Featherweight Travel Bags, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
As I mentioned yesterday, this pattern was designed to help you create the perfect travel set for your Singer Featherweight 221. I have been using my set for over a year, and I can say with confidence that it fits the bill.  I have the original hard travel case for my machine, but I find it too heavy and don't trust it to properly protect my machine. Since I take it to The Sewcial Lounge and retreats relatively often, I wanted something more reliable. Plus, this is prettier! Now, let's dive into the individual pieces!

You can find my tips and tricks for sewing with a vintage Featherweight here.

First up is the heavy duty tote bag. Whether you have a vintage machine or not, everyone can use a nice sturdy tote bag.  Before it is assembled, the panels are quilted (with batting and canvas) to give it extra strength along with an interfaced lining. Reinforced webbing handles that extend all the way around the bag mean you can carry heavy loads in this bag without worrying about it! The straps are long enough to go over the shoulder if you'd like.  Tucking at the sides gives it additional structure and shape.

A removable flat bottom makes it easy to carry a machine in it. I used a piece of very stiff compressed cardboard from a package I received, but anything strong will do. Binder's board is the closest thing I can find to what I used. This would do perfectly! Even a thin piece of wood cut to size would work! It just needs to be a material that won't bend with the weight of the machine.

Next up is the extension table cover. There is a small screw on the side of the head of the machine, and it can ding and scratch the extension table when it's folded. This cover protects the table. It is quilted just like the tote bag and is a tight fit to ensure it doesn't move around when in transit.

Finally, the Everything Size of my Lined Drawstring Bag is included in this pattern to be used as a foot pedal/power cord holder. It fits nicely inside the harp of the machine. It may seem unnecessary to contain it, but not only will your bag be neater, but it will keep the pedal from scratching the bed of the machine. These bags are handy for all kinds of things from notions and tools to sewing projects!

Featherweight Travel Bags by Jeni Baker
Featherweight Travel Bags, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
There is some wiggle room in this tote bag, so that there is room for projects, rulers, or whatever you're traveling with. The bag can fit other vintage or small machines up to 11" long. It's the perfect excuse to pick up a Featherweight of your own! ;)

I used my Nordika fabric collection for this set, along with Pure Element solids by Art Gallery Fabrics. The interfacing I used is Pellon SF101. I used natural colored cotton canvas and cotton webbing both form JoAnn. Everything was constructed and quilted with my favorite dark gray Aurifil 50wt thread, which is in my Favorite Things Thread Collection.

You can find the PDF and paper versions in my shop here!

8 comments :

  1. Love this and I intend to make one one day!

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  2. Did you use Raspberry Rose for your tote lining? Have you found anything by any other manufacturers that match the almost-red in that Nordika print? I can't find anything, and it is driving me crazy! :)

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    1. It's Cherry Lipgloss, and it's a very close match! I've used it with a number of Nordika projects!

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  3. You are so clever Jeni. Super cute. I don't have a vintage machine that I travel with, but I do love me a tote bag!

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  4. This is great! I'll definitely look into purchasing this pattern.

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  5. Thanks for the great pattern, My parents just found a featherweight for me but it's coming without the case. I was surprised to see how few options there were for cases available (at least cute ones). Plan on putting these together this weekend so my new machine has a home :)

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  6. Hi Jeni - I know it's been awhile since this pattern was released but I had a question about the construction. Were you able to make the entire tote on your Featherweight or did you use a different machine?

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    1. I made this on my Janome! I wanted to be able to use my walking foot for the quilting and all the thick layers at the end!

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