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Sewing instructions Practical travel bag

Easy weekend travel bag (May 2019).


Whether to the Mediterranean, to Scandinavia in the far north or to "Big Apple" - our practical travel bag accompanies you on all your ways. The fashionable travel bag is guaranteed to attract attention at check-in, making some travelers quite jealous. We'll show you how to easily sew this bag without spending a lot of money. The sewing instructions for printing can be found here.

In search of the perfect bag for your travels you will stumble upon some overpriced offers for beautiful travel bags. The ideal option: our travel bag to make your own, completely sewn by yourself.

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Dimensions: 25 x 40 cm, 17 cm deep

You need: approx 50 cm laminated cotton fabric (eg Heirloom collection, "Blockprint Blossom", OCJD02 by Joel Dewberry, about 140 cm wide, about Coats), about 25 cm laminated cotton fabric (Collection Heirloom, "Paisley" 140 cm wide, over coats), approx. 60 cm lilac cotton lining (approx. 140 cm wide), a leather rest in chalk white, a pair of leather handles in chalk white (approx. By Ferdinand Detmer), 2 press studs (sew-free, 15 mm Ø, from Prym), 2 metal zippers à 36 cm in dark red, approx. 80 cm insert "Decovil light" (90 cm wide), approx. 20 cm insert "Decovil "(90 cm wide), matching sewing thread, scissors, measuring tape, paper for cutting, pencil, hammer, punch pliers, pins with head, ironing cloth, tailor's chalk or trick marker from Prym (department store / haberdashery).

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Use the copier to enlarge the pattern drawings to 200%. Cut out the parts. The dimensions on the cut are without seam allowances. Lay the pattern pieces on the fabric, transferring all the markings on the fabric to the fabric. Cut all parts with 1 cm seam allowance:

Made of lining fabric (use cuts as a whole):

- 1 x front pocket

- 1 x pocket back

- 2 x side panel (opposite)

- 1 x floor

From insert "Decovil":

- 1 x floor (without seam allowance)

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From outer fabric A (cut cuts according to the marking in two parts):

- 1 x upper front pocket

- 1 x upper pocket back

- 2 x large side section (opposite). Important: Add more 0.5 cm seam allowance on the zipper sides.

From outer fabric B (cut cuts according to the marking in two parts):

- 1 x lower pocket front

- 1 x lower back pocket

- 4 x small side section (each 2 x opposite)

- 1 x floor

From "Decovil light":

- 1 x lower pocket front

- 1 x lower back pocket

- 4 x small side section, as for fabric B (2 x each same)

- 1 x floor

Made of leather (without seam allowances):

- 4 x leather corners (2 x equal to each other, seam allowance only to be added to the outer radius)

- 2 x a rectangle of 9 x 11.5 cm (= leather strap for Henkel)

- 4 x zipper

- 2 x zipper bar


Important: Iron the laminated fabrics from the top only with a cloth as protection! Iron on setting: wool plus steam.

1. Iron the insert made of "Decovil" on the floor made of lining material and stitch it tightly all around.

2. Sew the side panels together to the marked zipper insert.

3. Insert the fodder bottom.

4. Sew the front and back of the pockets according to the markings on the side panels. Iron the seam allowances towards the side part and topstitch around the right side of the lining with a short edge.

5. Iron the "Decovil light" insert on the left side of the cloth fabric section. If the parts come loose, iron and allow to cool.

6. Place the four leather corners on the lower front and back pockets and stitch them tightly edged on the inside bend.

7. Sew together the top and bottom front and back panels (fabric A and B respectively).

8. Iron the seam allowances down and topstitch from the right side of the fabric.

9. Sew a middle seam with two small opposing side pieces (fabric B) to the zipper mark.

10. Iron the zipper seam allowance at the two large side sections (fabric A) 1.5 cm to the left.

11. Sew side panels of fabric A and B together, creating a gap for the zipper (= zipper rail width).

12. Iron the seam allowance down and topstitch from the right side of the fabric.

13. Insert the two zippers into the side panels so that they meet in the upper pocket center. The zippers once narrow-edged and once quilted steppe foot width.

14. Sew the floor according to the markings on the side panels and iron out the seams.

15. Sew the bottom panel according to the markings on the two pocket pieces, cutting the seam allowances in the curves towards the seam.

16. Sew on the pocket handles according to markings on the front and back of the pockets. Fix the seam with a crossed stitching of 3 x 3 cm.

17. Round off the two parts for the leather tab at the corners of a 9 cm long side.

18. Place the parts exactly to each other on the left side and stitch them all around.

19. Turn in two pushbuttons. Distance to the upper 9 cm long side in each case 1.5 cm, distance to the 11.5 cm long side in each case 2 cm.

20. Place two leather zips exactly on left to left and stitch them all around with a short edge, leaving a small gap for the leather bridge.

21. Push the leather bar into the gap and stitch it. Sew a leather zipper with hand stitches on a zip zipper.

22. Place the food bag in the bag, left to left, and sew along the inside zipper edges with small hand stitches.


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