DIY Bags with Retro fabric

This bag tutorial I found on the internet here: Summer fling bag tutorial

I liked this bag very much because you can sew them with 2 different pattern.

2 of my colleagues had birthdays a few weeks ago.

Yes, I’m a little late. 😦

First I had the flu and had to cancel my sewing course and second those bags needed way more time to sew then I expected.

To save time I made both bags together. Means if I sew the zipper in one bag, my next step has been the zipper to the second one.

Maybe I will sew this bag for me too πŸ™‚

Isnt the fabric amazing? Unfortunality I can’t sew a bag with the Splittie anymore because I used all fabric I had for this bag.

But hey, a gift is moreΒ  valuable when you would like to keep it yourself hihi

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I changed the pattern from the tutorial a little

The original bag is closed with a magnet. I added a zipper.

And here I made a mistake by sewing both bags at the same time and made my error twice.

The fabric stripe for the zipper is too wide. Half of it would have been better.

But I have been too far with sewing this bags and didnt wanted to change it not ones but twice.

Take a look

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Here my next mistake.

The original bag has a wonderful inner pocket with another fabric than the lining.

IF I sew a bag for myself I will add the zipper as I did but will make it look like the original inner pocket from the tutorial.

When I saw the zipper for the inner pocket it was red on red.

Did you once needed something in your bag and couldnt find it because it has been to dark?

This is the reason I added a stripe next to my zipper. Its easier to find the zipper now.

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I also added 2 slip pockets for a mobile or whatever it will be used to.

I took the lining fabric twice to make it more stable.

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At the end not to forget to use my new “toy” on leather hihi

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Lets hope both colleagues will like their bags πŸ™‚

How to make a travel pillow

This one I have done long time ago but I couldnt post it because it has been a gift for my godchild Sonja.

She loves to travel a lot with bus, car, train. She never travels without her own pillow.

When traveling she runs with her suitcase in one hand, her bag in her other hand and her pillow under her arm. When I saw this for the first time I thought about how to make it easier for her.

We bought a new pillow for her. Did she choose a small one? NOPE, it has to be a big one LOL

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And this is how I made it for her:

Material:

1 Pillow

2 different fabrics ( pillow 1 yard flannel, bag 1 yard cord fabric)

1 Zipper

3 x Clip buckles

2 different ribbons (pillow 40 inches, bag 2x 40 inches)

1 cord 40 inches

2 cord stops

I have chosen a nice flannel with cameras for the pillow.Sonja is an amazing photographer and what better motive I could have bought for her?

First cut the fabric for the pillow,sew the zipper on one of the larger side. (dont buy a zipper about the whole lenghts of the pillow because of the ribbons with the clip buckles.

Then cut the 40 inch ribbon in half.and put the clip buckle on one of it.

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Lay this ribbon in half like on the picture above and pin it with a needle 4-5 inches from the end of this side. When sewing this side, sew 3-4 time forward and back over the ribbon.

Close both shorter sides of the pillow. ( Open your zipper after this a little. Had a real fight to turn my pillow because I couldnt opened the zipper LOL )

On the last side put the second ribbon (dont fold it this time !!! ) in the the same distance as you did with the first ribbon and close this side.

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On the picture above you see the pillow with the ribbons, one folded, the other not. Put the other part of your clip buckle on it. Fold the end of this ribbon 3 or 4 times and sew it together. Otherwise your clip buckle will slip and will get lost.

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your pillow will look like this, when you attach it to a car seat or a bus seat πŸ™‚

It isnt very hygienic to run with your pillow outdoors:Plus Sonja chose a very large pillow. Not so perfect when you will take it on your journey.

Birgid, the dressmaker of my sewing course made the proposal to sew a bag for this pillow. Not for the whole lenghts of the pillow but half of it. So I made the bag big enough to fold the pillow.

AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!!

Here comes the bag for your pillow:

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Cut the fabric:Β  2/3 the length of your pillow and add on each side of the bag 4 inch more then the width of your pillow.

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

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Put the cord stops on your cord.

Fold your pillow and take it into your bag πŸ™‚

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If I would do it again I would take a much larger ribbon below. This bag cant be attach directly to your suitcase because the ribbon is to short.

I also would chose a stronger ribbon for the bag and bigger clip buckles.

This is how it looks like.

But it will work this way too πŸ™‚

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