Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Happy Wednesday! This summer I have been trying to tackle works in progress and one of those projects was another Featherweight travel set! Shortly after I released my Sew Portable Travel Set Pattern last year, I started this set made from my Dreamin' Vintage fabrics. My original set is made with prints from Nordika, and is a perfect match for my black Singer Featherweight. For my celery/white Featherweight I wanted to use colors that were a little more summery.

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
The set features a sturdy tote bag with a hard bottom to carry the machine in. There is room on both the front and back of the machine to carry projects, which also helps protect the machine. The exterior is quilted, with a layer of canvas to add extra structure.

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Heavyweight handles are made from cotton webbing and a double layer of quilting cotton. They're sturdy and wide enough so that they don't dig into your shoulder! I quilted the exterior with light blue thread from my Aurifil thread collection.

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
The second piece in the set is a drawstring bag! This is the everything size, which is also in the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. It holds the foot pedal, keeping it from scratching up the machine bed. For my last set I used the same prints for each piece, but for this one I mixed it up a bit, using different prints from the cool colorway.

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
The last piece in the pattern is the extension table cover. For this particular machine it's not quite as crucial because the table is half size and isn't at risk of hitting the screw on the machine head like most Featherweights. All the same, it still helps to protect it! It's quilted and has the same layers as the tote!

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
I made an extra piece for my set this time around. A small quilted mat to rest the machine on! It came together super fast! It also makes a nice little cover for the machine inside the bag too! Want to make your own? Here is a quick tutorial:

Finished size: 9.5"x12.5"
Use a 1/4" seam allowance.

(12) 3.5" squares
(1) 16.5"x13.5" backing
(1) 16.5"x13.5" batting
(2) 2.5"x42" strips for binding

Lay squares out in a 4x3 arrangement. Sew squares together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together, press seams open. Layer backing, batting, and top. Baste, quilt, bind.

Sew Portable Travel Set + Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Of course I had to make one to go with my other set too! :)

You can find the Sew Portable Pattern as a PDF and Paper copy in my online shop. You can find my tips and tricks for sewing with a Singer Featherweight here.

Happy Sewing!


Brita said...

Oh, perfect! I currently use a giveaway tote and my little black FW fits well. But zero style! Thank you for this tute, I have the perfect stack of fabrics to use. Then, although I have the case for my white one, she would look so adorable in a flowery tote 😊

LeanneG said...

Now you've got me on a mission! I've made one set of your totes as a gift for a girlfriend. I, too, own a black and a white featherweight. I guess it's time to get a set made for each of them so they can travel in style as well! LOVE your fabrics!

SeeLifeMarvels said...

Add another project to my list. I'm going to have to check out your FW post because I have one I'm not using.

Kathleen said...

Hmmm, I may have to purchase this pattern. I am currently trying to get the stink out of the case my featherweight came with. Been trying all summer long! The smell has been reduced, but I'm told it can be only temporary. I certainly don't want to throw the case away! This bag is a good alternative to the case.