Completed: Selfless-sewing birthday bag

My youngest sister (I have three sisters, for I am very lucky!) asked for a weekend bag for her recent birthday, and I kind of jumped at the chance of testing a pattern I’ve had for a few weeks now. I got together with my other two sisters to pick some nice fabrics and notions, then whisked it all away to the UK for some secret sewing.

The pattern I used was by Gingercake, the Make-your-getaway duffle which can be found here. I could have probably drafted my own, but I figured, for $7, I would much rather somebody else did the maths for me 🙂

The pattern worked out pretty well – I only made small changes: the handles were a bit longer, I didn’t do any quilting, and I interfaced the parts which hold the zipper (I figured they’ll be under a bit of strain). Also, I didn’t add a lining, but I interlined instead. I wanted to have small bags on the inside, but I didn’t want that to be visible from the outside. So, I cut some lining pieces, added the pockets, and then treated it as one with the outside fabric. I then hid the seams in some polka-dot bias binding. I also added a big side bag for magazines etc., which I just cut like a side panel, but a bit shorter. I even matched the stripes! It was a very satisfying make – the pattern came together well, it looks nice, and my sister loves it. Score!  It’s pretty roomy, but I think still within most european airline regulations for hand luggage, so another win. Without further ado, here are some pictures.

the bag in its entire beauty. You can see the outside pocket here. I used denim for the pieces with a lot of strain - handles and bottom.

the bag in its entire beauty. You can see the outside pocket here. I used denim for the pieces with a lot of strain – handles and bottom.

Detail shot of the inside: Bias tape at the seams, and bias tape to finish the pocket edges. I figured the orange would make it easier to find the pockets.

Detail shot of the inside: Bias tape at the seams, and bias tape to finish the pocket edges. I figured the orange would make it easier to find the pockets.

Inside and outside of the bag at the same time

Inside and outside of the bag at the same time

And the inside - the bag photographed really well with some sofa cushions inside. You can see the bottom is made of denim - I used some old jeans to reinforce it.

And the inside – the bag photographed really well with some sofa cushions inside. You can see the bottom is made of denim – I used some old jeans to reinforce it.

All in all, it worked a lot better than I expected – I already have some materials for another bag for myself sitting on my shelf 😉 Oh, and did you notice it’s not a sewaholic pattern? But hey, I still had somebody holding my hand. Babysteps…

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