Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ooh La La! It's The Bon Voyage Duffel Bag Tutorial


How about we get ready for summer with a brand new bag tutorial?  I'm switching up the classic gym bag shape to be chic & fun for us stylish ladies in my Bon Voyage Travel Duffel Bag:


The handy 18 inch wide by 9 inch high size makes a great weekender bag for anyone wanting style coupled with lots of carrying room.  I just took it on a weekend getaway and was able to get 5 full outfits in it!  A girl's got to have extra fashion options, right?


Purse feet give the bag bottom protection and some high end detail:


Full length zipper top closure means it's easy to get everything in and out of the bag:


And custom piped sides with coordinated fabrics give an added bonus pop of color:


I created this as a guest project tutorial for Timeless Treasures blog to showcase their new Ooh La La fabric collection last week.   Now I'm sharing it here at Sew Can Do.  The colorful Tribeca Dots and Paris Pin-up Prints give a cool retro look:



Now, let's get to making the Bon Voyage Bag!


Materials:
- 1/2 yard Paris Pin-ups
- 1 yard Tribeca Dot in Aqua
- 1/2 yard Tribeca Dot in Red
- 2 yards 1/2 inch wide piping 
- 1 yard Fusible fleece
- 4 metal purse feet
- 18 inch zipper 
- Notions (zipper foot, pins, rotary cutter, iron, hand sewing needle, matching thread)

Seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise specified.

Cut the following pieces:
From Paris Pin-up 
(2) Main pieces 19 inches wide by 15 inches high

From Tribeca Aqua 
(2) Main pieces 19 inches wide by 15 inches high
(4) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter
(2) Strap pieces 42 inches wide by 2 high
(1) Bottom panel 19 inches wide by 6 inches high

From Fusible fleece
(4) Main pieces 19 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches high
(4) Circles 9 1/4 inches in diameter 
(2) Strap pieces 42 inches wide by 2 high
(1) Bottom panel 19 inches wide by 5 inches high

Iron fusible fleece onto wrong side of all pieces, centering the slightly smaller fusible so there is even spacing on the sides of the fabric:



Start with the shoulder straps.  Fold each lone strap in half lengthwise and stitch 1/4 inch from edge down one side.  Clip corner and turn right side out with a knitting needle or pencil.


Press strap so that seam is in center.



Edge stitch along each strap.



With right sides facing, stitch together the bottom edges of the two main outer pieces with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat with the lining pieces, but leave a 3 inch gap for turning.  Press seams open.  



Take outer and pin each strap so the ends are each 2 inches above the bottom seam and 6 inches inward from the sides.  Stitch straps to main bag, stitching directly over the edge stitching, stopping 3 inches from top raw edge.:


Take bottom panel and press the long sides under 1/2 inch:


Center the bottom panel over the main bag's bottom seam, pin, then edge stitch in place.


Now it's time to attach the feet.  Measure 3 inches inward from each side and 1 1/4 inches from the top and bottom of the bottom panel and mark the placement.  


Use thread scissors to carefully make a small slit through each marking:


Insert purse foot with prongs pressed together and slip washer over them.  Push prongs open and flat.


Repeat with remaining 3 purse feet.


To make the custom piping, cut (2) 1 inch wide strips on the bias from the Tribeca Red fabric.  Note: Cutting can be done at a 60 degree angle, instead of the usual 45 degree, to get the full length needed out of a 1/2 yard cut.


Trim the strips and two pieces of basic piping to be at least 28 inches long.


Wrap strip around piping and pin into place.  Stitch close to cording of the piping using a zipper foot.


With raw edges together, stitch piping to outer bag circles, again using a zipper foot, starting 1/2 inch from the starting end (this will be key for finishing):



Upon reaching the end, overlap the raw ends, slightly downward and stitch into place as shown:


Now the outer circle sides are nice & piped:


Time to attach the zipper.  With zipper facing downward, pin zipper tape along the top raw edge of one side of the main bag.  Stitch along close to zipper teeth, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.


Pin other side of zipper tape to the other top side of the main bag.  This will make a tube shape.  Keeping the body of the bag out of the way (so you are only sewing the seam allowance area), stitch zipper tape & fabric together, again, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.  Open zipper a few inches - this will be needed for turning later.


With right sides facing, pin each side circle to the newly made cylinder.  Stitch on top of the stitching of the piping.


Clip around curves, careful not to clip into stitching:


Time to assemble & attach the lining.  With the right side of the fabric facing down, pin one side of lining to the seam allowance of the already sewn main bag and zipper as shown and stitch over existing stitching with zipper foot.


Pull remaining raw side of lining to other side of zipper seam and repeat.  Now the lining will appear to be a tube connected at the zipper to the main bag:


Attach side circles as done previously.  It will now look like to bags connected at the zipper.  Carefully pull the right sides out through the gap in the bottom of the lining.  


Then slipstitch the gap closed by hand and push lining inside of the main bag.  



Now the Bon Voyage Duffel Bag is ready for you to start traveling and looking glamorous!



Where would you carry the Bon Voyage Bag?




40 comments:

  1. This is the CUTEST bag ever! That fabric is amazing! Thanks for the tutorial. Pinning it!
    Gina

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    1. Thank you very much Gina. The fabric totally inspired the design...it was whispering "We need to be turned into a bag." ;)

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  2. Ummmm this is super adorable! I have been having a serious lack of sewing inspiration lately (like almost depressing)--this is the first thing I've seen recently that I thought "Oh Ok! Yes that's happening!" so thank you!

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    1. Bethany that is the ultimate compliment - thank you! I get like that myself and love when something gets me "back in the saddle". So glad my bag did that for you:)

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  3. Both practical and very pretty. I would love to carry this to Paris. Great tutorial, Cheryl!

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    1. Thanks - it's hard to resist the chic French print!

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  4. I just saw this on the Work It Wednesday Linkup and I am amazed! This is gorgeous. Beautiful work!

    Jacquelyn from www.diydesignmom.com

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  5. What a beautiful bag- thank you so much for sharing. Love it!

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  6. I love the Paris Pin-up fabric! This is such a lovely bag! I'm pinning it!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    1. That's very appreciated - I've linked it up to your latest Submarine Sunday too.

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  7. That is the cutest bag! I love the fabric you chose!

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  8. So cute and creative! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  9. Love, love, love the bag! I'm pinning this for sure because I have to make one or a few of these.

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    1. Thanks for the pin and so happy the bag has gotten so much love from my fellow crafties.

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  10. Love the bag love the fabric Thanks

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  11. Thank you for sharing this wonderful diy at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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    1. Thanks so much Katherine - it's an honor to be featured:)

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  12. Your construction technique of stitching the bottom over the pretty fabric is brilliant! I would have tried piecing them together and missed out on all the extra added strength.

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    1. I've learned through experience when it comes to making bags;)

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  13. I love this bag! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  14. Fabulous Cheryl, and really great tutorial, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    1. I always love linking to your party on Sunday Sara:)

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  15. That is such a beautiful bag!!

    Love the material you used too..

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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    1. I really appreciate you tweeting about it - thanks so much and for hosting Creative Mondays.

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  16. That is one of the cutest things I've ever seen in my life! I love the fabrics, and the design is perfect! You are so talented. Saw your link at The Dedicated House.

    Mary

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    1. Aw, thanks Mary - I think you just made my day! Glad you saw me there:)

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  17. I love the fabric you've used. I'm curious about the bunting tape on your sewing machine!

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    1. It's actually washi tape that I use as a measure marking for extra wide seam allowances.

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  18. This is darling!
    Thank you for sharing this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  19. This is seriously the cutest bag ever! I'm a novice sewer, but this looks like a fun project to try!

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    1. It's something a beginner could do for sure (and option to leave off the piping for an even easier assembly).

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  20. I love this duffle bag! If I win the giveaway, I'd make this duffle with it, I love that fabric!! I'd also make the Essentials Wallet from Crafty Gemini's Quilt Club! That fabric would be perfect! Time to add your Duffle to my project list! Thanks!!

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  21. I would take it to Paris...of course!
    Your tutorial looks like making is bag is super easy. ! The red dot fabric is just adds so much pop to the wonderful fabric, fun, fun fun!

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  22. A fabulous bag, Cheryl - great style and gorgeous fabric!!! Polka dots and piping - perfect.

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  23. Thank you for this awesome tutorial. This is such an awesome duffle bag and the fabric is fantastic. Well done! :)

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  24. It's just lovely! The fabric choice is a delight!

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  25. I'm in love with this! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned and tweeted! I hope to see you at tonight's party. We are always so impressed with your creations and can't wait to see them! Lou Lou Girls

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  26. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Here is the link to this week's party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/06/make-it-pretty-monday-week-140.html Have a wonderful evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  27. Hi Cheryl! The Weekly Feature Series is live which you are apart of. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/06/weekly-feature-series_26.html Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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