We are moving along on the Portside Travel Set Sew Along. Remember you can always post what you are creating on Flickr or on Facebook , we would love to see what you are doing. If you haven’t started yet purchase the pattern and join in later. For those sewing along, here is Rhonda.
Now that you’ve made the dopp bag, or maybe 2 or 3!!!, and you’ve experienced the fun of putting them together, it’s time to jump into the duffle bag. After all, we’re fashionistas, and what’s a fashionista without a matching travel bag collection?!!
Just as a refresher, I chose to make my sew along collection out of an Amy Butler print and a coordinating distressed leather. A little side note about the fabric…I purchase the Amy Butler print a few years ago with no idea as to how I might use it. The distressed leather was purchased just because I really like distressed leather and it was a great price. When I looked through my fabrics to see if there was something that I had, that would excite me, the 2 fabrics popped out. Before that moment, I had never thought about putting the 2 together. So when looking at your fabrics, try putting things together that are a little unexpected. You just might be surprised.
Once you have cut out your fabric, you’ll begin with the end panel of the duffle bag. Take note of the strap placement line on the pattern.
Cut a piece of your webbing 7″ long. Match it up to the pattern and place a pin in the webbing at the placement marking.
When I purchased my notions for the travel set, the store was out of the color of d-rings that I wanted for my project. So, what to do? I decided to use the rectangular shaped ring. A d-shaped ring would be preferable, but the rectangle ring will work just fine.
Once you have marked where the webbing matches the placement line on the pattern, slide your ring over the webbing and turn back the webbing at your marked point. Then simply place the webbing on your end piece and stitch in place.
To reinforce the strap, stitch a square with an X in the middle. Take note that I did not interface my fabric. Due to the fact that I used leather on the bottom of my bag, I decided to interface my lining rather than the outer fabric. If by chance you feel that your fabric needs a little reinforcement, you can iron a square of interfacing at the placement line of the webbing. Do this prior to stitching the webbing to the bag.
Once the webbing is in place, stitch the lower section to the top section.
In the above picture, I’m pointing to the edge stitching. Simply turn the seam allowance down toward the bottom of the bottom of the end panel, as you see below, and then from the front side, edge stitch the seam in place.
The next step will be to sew the top and bottom of the duffle bag side panels together. Sew them together and edge stitch the seam just as you did for the end panel.
Once the top and bottom of the side panels have been sewn together, it’s time to prepare the side pockets. Simply turn the top edge down 1/2″ and edge stitch. To reinforce the edge, I did a second stitching. Since I am using leather, there is no need to finish the edge of my fabric.If you are using fabric, you may want to finish the edge of you fabric prior to stitching down the seam allowance.
To place the pocket on the duffle bag, I folded my side piece in half and snipped a small V at center. I also folded my pocket in half and again snipped in a small V. Simply match the 2 Vs and baste the pocket in place.
Once the pockets have been basted to the side panels, lay them aside while we prepare the handles.
Cut the webbing the specified length in the pattern. Once cut, fold the webbing in half and find the center. From center, measure over 2 1/2″ to 3″ on either side of center. I liked just a little more of a handle, so I used 3″. Fold the webbing in half and pin.
Edge stitch from one end to to the other and the handle has been formed.
Now place the webbing over the basted pocket. Pay attention to the placement line as the webbing is not sewn to the top edge of the side panel. Use a few pins to hold the webbing in place and simply stitch down just as you did the webbing on the end panel. Be sure to sewn in the reinforcing X.
Our side panels and end panels are now ready.
Now it’s time to attach the center zipper to the side panels. Simply press over 1/2″ along the top edge of each side panel. Lay the zipper along the folded edge and stitch in place.
If you are using a patterned fabric as I am, we want to think about matching the pattern. Lay the folded edge of the other side panel along the teeth of the zipper and pin in place.
Keep the zipper zipped until you reach the end. This will help in keeping the pattern of the fabric matched. Once you are near the end of the zipper, leave the needle in the down position, but raise your pressure foot and simply pull back the the top of the zipper. Sew to the end.
Our zipper is in place and the panels are all sewn together.
In the final post for the sew along, we will attach the side panels to the end panels, along with the bottom of the bag. We will also insert the lining and make the shoulder strap.
Until next time….