This is a truly just-in-time TGIFF post, because today was Isobel’s birthday, and she scored a new duffle bag:
This bag was very challenging for me! The hardest parts were inserting the top zipper:
And creating the completely reversible straps (thank you, epic Ikatbag tutorial series!):
And don’t even get me started on this positively evil welt pocket!
I was in my comfort zone with piecing the patchwork sections, as I was inspired by this excellent pillow tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts (I love that pillow!):
I tried out some spiral quilting, for the first time ever, inspired by another tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts (again! Gotta love Amanda Jean’s stuff!):
I put the centre of the spiral quite off centre on the bottom of the bag, and worked outwards, with only one dodgy spiral that needed unpicking. Verdict: fun! And I wouldn’t want to try this with a King Size quilt. 😉
I thought it would be oh-so-smart to balance this quilting with a square spiral onto the “round” ends of the duffle (I starting off thinking they would be circular, but they ended up trapezoidal):
I put an elasticised pocket into the inside of the duffle, to hold plastic bags for keeping sports shoes away from other items:
And, of course, a special label for my special girl:
I finished off with an improvised adjustable shoulder strap:
I used two D-rings because the bag I took all this hardware from had the wrong kind of adjustable doodad (a buckle, with metal eyelets). I didn’t want to mess about making my own thread-bound eyelets, so I borrowed a D-ring belt-fastening trick instead. It worked really well! Doesn’t slip at all due to the sturdy straps I made. I’m a bit chuffed with those!
I have been so flat out sewing this bag that I’m dog tired tonight. But I’m pleased with the result: the bag went to school already today and held up well, and it was a useful size (I was worried it would be too big).
Next time — and I know there will be a next time for bags — I will plan more in advance so I can add more pockets. I just ran out of time! And the learning curve was steep. I will probably also use some kind of stiffener for the base such as a plastic canvas, to give more rigidity.
Happy birthday Izzy! I hope the bag lasts you until at least next year. 😀