I was travelling in Sweden a few weeks ago. Alongside all the travel preparation, I decided to make a bag only a few days before leaving. I am a fairly light traveller and I always take a specific set of things in my hand bag in preparation for a long flight. I wanted the bag to be just large enough to fit those items. I knew I didn’t need a very complicated bag with lots of pockets. I am not very advanced at sewing and I had to make this bag very quickly if I were to take it with me. With all that in mind, I started looking for a simple bag pattern.
I was very excited to finish this block from my camera quilt pattern and I really wanted to use it for the bag. I looked at a few bag patterns, but none of them were designed in a way that would enable me to use the camera block. Most of the patterns were also too complicated for me to finish in the given time. In the end, it was easier for me to write down the measurements and design my own bag rather than editing and retrofitting my needs onto an existing pattern.
When I got around to the zipper, it was actually a lot easier to sew than I had expected. I was going to use the outer blue fabric around the zipper, but not having any more of it, I ended up using the lining fabric instead.
When I attached the strap holders and rings to the bag, I stitched over them a few times for extra support. I use cotton webbing for the loops as well as for the straps as they are much sturdier than cloth. I used a set of silver strap hardware this time instead of my usual black.
Earlier, when I made the bag for Dixie, I liked this blue fabric so much, I bought a little extra. Since this bag would see rough use, I needed a dark shade of fabric. The blue fabric was just right for that.
The bag has a large back pocket and two inside pockets, which is just right for me. The bag proved not only extremely useful during the many long flights from San Francisco to Kiruna, it was wonderful for day trips in Sweden as well. It even holds two big water bottles along with all the other necessities.
As for Sweden, it is a very beautiful country. We hired a car there and travelled extensively every day. Before we knew, it was time to head back home again, wishing for one more day there. If Lara and Mary are reading this post, I promise I haven’t forgotten about writing a full post about our trip to Sweden. I am still sorting through photos, I took an overwhelming number of them!
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