Join us for the Grainline Studio Portside Travel Set Sew Along! There is still time to purchase the pattern and pick out beautiful fabric. Head to shopsewitall.com to purchase the pattern and then get thee to a fabric store for your own wonderful version on the Portside. Home dec fabric would be a great choice. And, you can still purchase the issue online if you wish. For now let’s let Rhonda take it away.
If you do any amount of traveling, you are probably doing your best to cut down on the cost of checked baggage by traveling a little lighter. Even the lightest suitcases can be heavy and restrictive. So how can you maximize your packing and still go in style? The Portside Travel Set from Grainline Studio is the perfect solution. Included in the pattern is a duffle bag that will easily hold an entire week’s worth of clothes. There’s a great dopp bag for all of your toiletries, and a travel pouch that will help you organize your power cords, passports, or any other small item that could easily get lost in the bottom of the bag.
The dopp bag features a center zipper and is fully lined.
The dopp bag also features a zippered side pocket, perfect for combs, nail files or any other non-bulky item.
The pouch is super simple to make. I suggest making a few. The back is 1 rectangle and the front consists of 2 rectangles and a zipper.
The pouch is not lined, but it should be interfaced with a fusible cotton interfacing.
The duffle bag features a center top zipper, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap,
and side pockets. The pockets are the perfect place to stash your ticket when waiting in line. The pocket is even large enough for storing your I-pad.
In order to remove and adjust the shoulder straps, a little hardware is needed. I was able to find everything I needed at my local chain fabric store. You will need 2 swivel hooks, 2 d-rings for either side of the bag,
and 2 more d-rings for the adjustable strap.
When considering fabric choices, be sure to take a look in the home dec section of your fabric store.
Think about the nature of the duffle bag and the dopp bag. The duffle bag will be sitting on floors and the dopp bag may end up on a damp bathroom counter. There are so many wonderful faux leathers on the market today. In fact, if you didn’t know, you would think they are the real thing, like the embossed crocodile faux leather below.
There are also faux leathers that have been embellished like the piece below.
I found the bag pictured below to be very inspiring. The duffle bag requires a webbed strap, but you can also make your own. The bag below was made by coordinating 3 fabrics, a gray wool, and 2 southwest prints. Rather than use webbing for the straps, the wool and 1 of the prints was combined to make a wonderful and eye catching strap.
I was initially inspired by this bag and found the prints below for the bags that I would be making for the sew along.
But then I found this Amy Butler home dec fabric and the distressed leather and changed my mind. The webbing that I used for the duffle bag that was in the magazine will work beautifully with this combination as well.
The materials that you will need for the bags;
Fusible interfacing 4 – 1¼” D-Rings 2 – 3” long metal swivel bolt snaps (hooks) 2½ yds of 1¼” wide webbing 2½ yds of 1½” wide webbing leather scrap at least 5×5” 1 – 21” zipper, 1 – 13” zipper, 2 – 9” zippers
*Take note that I did not purchase 2 sizes of the webbing for my duffle bag. The webbing that I used came from my local chain fabric store and only came in a 1 1/2″ width. It worked beautifully.
If you would like a little more duffle bag inspiration, check out THIS POST that I did. As you will see, there are so many possibilities. Just be sure to use a fabric that is durable.
If you are new to sewing, and feel a little intimidated, by all means, give it a try. I think that as we work through the sew along you’ll see that it’s just a matter of taking your time.
Until next time….