September 24, 2013

Quilted Patchwork Duffle - Selfish Sewing Week

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...

7 comments:

  1. Oh, yes, I agree the Simply Style line is perfect for the patchwork in this duffle. So pretty! Aren't Cherie's patterns easy to follow? I'm working on her pattern for the Departure Satchel, hoping to have it done by the first weekend in October!

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  2. Beautiful! I need to designate a week as selfish sewing week! Great idea.

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  3. Lovely and super great duffle bag! Love the bright colors! Sew on!!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  4. Lovely and super great duffle bag!! Love the bright colors! Sew on!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  5. I can't find the pattern

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