I saw a patchwork duffle bag in a store while my family was on vacation this summer and I instantly knew what I'd make if I ever found the time to make something just for me. Well, I've been reading around the blogosphere that this week is designated as "selfish sewing week."
Need I say more?
Here's my (in progress) version of the patchwork duffle. I used StudioCherie's Quilted Patchwork Duffle pattern with a few modifications. I followed the size specifications of the pattern, but I wanted to make sure the bag was plenty sturdy. I used two layers of batting with some heavy interfacing in between for the top and sides of the bag. On the bottom, I used peltex in between the layers of batting to make the bottom very sturdy. Another change that I made is that this pattern has surged or bias bound edges on the inside. I like lining in my bags, so I chose to make my bag shell with an unfinished interior. I will add lining to it next. I know it will totally take some time for me to get it just right and there will be a lot of hand sewing involved, but I'm willing.
I used part of a fat quarter set of Simply Style that I picked up at my LQS a couple of weeks ago. I made the patchwork with 4.5 inch squares that I cut from the fabrics. I absolutely love the colors in this line. They are fabulous for patchwork!
Overall, I am happy with how this turned out. I can't wait to use it for my next road trip. It is really a huge bag. I'm pretty sure I could get an extended weekend's worth of packing in there.
I hope I can get my lining sewn in this week, or I might have to extend "Selfish Sewing Week" into next week. Wouldn't that be a shame...