Monday, 7 May 2012

Duffel Bag

I sneaked away here for a little while but I'm back, rested and refreshed and ready to catch up with all that's been going on in blogland :)
I travel a fair bit so I thought it was high time for some pretty hand luggage, conveniently finished just in time for my holiday.

duffle


The pattern is by Studio Cherie, I used Melody Miller typewriters for the main body of the bag (oh how I love them!), a coordinating print from Ruby Star Shining for the pockets and So Sophie Dots by Riley Blake for the handles.

This bag is huge!! I stuffed it with a quilt and two cushions for the photo and there is still room for more! I have never made a bag this large before but it was fairly straightforward and the pattern is easy to follow. I did not particularly enjoy wrestling the bulk of quilted fabric, handles and zippers on my sewing machine but it was well worth the effort.
I felt very smug walking through the airport with my handmade duffel bag, not that anyone took notice of it but still. I fancied myself to be one of those stylish mums with her hip bag full of healthy snacks and entertaining toys for the little one, looking effortlessly glamorous and all. But it is just a bag really, so I ended up rummaging through Happy Meal toys and Maltesers to find the Fanta instead ;)

It's good to be back!

x Leila

27 comments:

  1. Good to have you back Leila! I bought this pattern ages ago, wanting to make it with my precious momo wonderland teatime tomato twill, but I am scared... If I mess it up I can't get that fabric anymore.. Well done doing yours, it looks fab! Was it hard?

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  2. this bag looks great-i love the colors too :)

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  3. Soooo cool! I want one for each of us 4! Thanks, so inspiring! I love the typewriters.. will soon be available in my shop too *.* xx

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  4. Great bag! Nicely done :-)

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  5. THe bag looks fab, and I love your fabric choices! Might be a project to put on the to do list :)

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  6. Oooh, fab new luggage! Half of me wants to make new luggage to take to the FQ Retreat and Sewing Summit, and the other half of me is telling me to get a grip ;o)

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  7. Wow - back with a bang. Love that bag.

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  8. welcome back! i love your bag so much. it's so cheery.

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  9. Love this bag! Hope you bring it to retreat so we can have a lookie!!

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  10. Super cute Leila! That typewriter fabric is so perfect. I'm glad you've already been able to use it too.

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  11. Oh I bet there were lots of whispers at the airport about your very stylish bag!

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  12. Gorgeous bag and worth the wrestle. Hope you are feeling a lot better and all refreshed and read for FQ in a few weeks!

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  13. I love that! The bag is adorable and the smug feeling in the airport is priceless! No one else will ever know your bag has seen a happy meal :)

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  14. Fab bag and sooo worth the wrestle.

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  15. Absolutely brilliant - can;t wait to see it in real life xxx

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  16. That is one cool bag even if it does hold Fantas!

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  17. So inspired! Love all the fabric today! I got a pattern from McCall ( It is similar style). I haven't found the main fabric for it! I bet it feels good to carry something that you made around! I giggled when people stopped me and ask where did I buy my bag. :)

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  18. LOL brilliant. Love the bag too... I've always fancied having a go at doing a large bag like that but found most patterns to be so daunting since they seem to require soooo much fabric. Would you recommend that one then? It does look pretty awesome....

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  19. yay leila! love the duffle, you were totally the coolest mom I bet. glad you're back, I almost emailed you last night! :) missed you

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  20. Great bag! It is cool to make something for yourself. You know people were secretly taking a peek!
    Ha healthy snacks =P

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  21. I LOVE it!! Your fabric choices are perfection -- like usual!!

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  22. Me and my REALLY crap luggage are incredibly jealous!! Beautiful :)

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  23. Oh I love the bag - the fabric choice is wonderful.

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  24. ha! if i would have seen you in the airport with that bag i would have totally told you how much i love it and then i would have realized it was YOU and then i would have hugged you! xo i have the same pattern and am looking forward to making one for myself!

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  25. Looks fantastic. I have the pattern, but have yet to find the right fabric! So tough to get it right :o)

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