Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far!
I’m excited to bring you a new series today: The Crafty Traveler!
As my sewing journey has evolved, I’ve discovered that I love to make bags. I simply love being able to make something pretty that’s also super useful.
My favorite part of packing for a trip is gathering all of my handmade bags and loading them up together. Do you feel the same way? As I get ready for Sew South in 2 months, I’ll definitely be traveling handmade.
If you’re just getting started with bag making or if you’re a seasoned pro, you’re going to really enjoy The Crafty Traveler series. It’s a celebration of traveling handmade and in style with cute and pretty handmade bags, purses, totes, pouches and more.
The Crafty Traveler series kicks off with my new bag tutorial. The Crafty Traveler Tote is roomy, completely customizable and perfect for traveling near or far. Load it up and you’re good to go!
See all pattern links below.
I’ll be sharing the free pattern with you including full color pictures so you can make one too. And you’ll want to join me because there are some great prizes to go along with this series! There will be a link-up at the end of the series for you to enter your Crafty Traveler Tote or any other travel handmade item for a chance to win prizes. (prize details coming soon!)
The Crafty Traveler series also includes a blog hop with some of my crafty friends sharing their favorite travel bag patterns with you. You won’t want to miss it!
The series kicks off with the Crafty Traveler Tote, then we’ll share other bag pattern reviews from the end of January to March! There will be plenty of inspiration and tips for making all kinds of handmade travel bags.
So since I know you’re going to want to make the Crafty Traveler Tote with me, here’s a list of supplies you’re going to need.
Crafty Traveler Schedule:
1/14 – 1/24: kickoff, supplies, cutting for CT Tote
1/27 – 3/3 /Crafty Traveler/Travel Handmade blog hop
3/6 – 3/12 link up
3/14 winners announced
The Crafty Traveler Tote Tutorial
1/2 yard feature fabric
1/2 yard linen blend fabric (54″ wide)
1 yard lining fabric
2 coordinating fat quarters for pockets and pocket linings
3/4 yard Fusible Thermolam interfacing (TP 971)
1 yard Fusbible Decor Bond interfacing (Pellon 809)
1 1/4 yards Fusible Shape Flex interfacing (Pellon SF 101)
I used Free Spirit Fabrics: Anna Maria Horner Fabric: Dowry and True Colors and Free Spirit Essentials Linen Blend fabrics.
Let’s get started by cutting your fabrics for the tote.
(width x height)
A: (2) 18″ x 16″ body panels
B: (1) 5″ x 18″ bottom
C: (2) 5″ x 16″ side panels
D: (4) 4″ x 26.5″ handles
LA: (1) 18″ x 33 7/8″ body
LC: (2) 5″ x 16″ side panels
E: (2) 4″ x 5″ handle accents
K: (2) 2.5″ x WOF binding
Fat Quarter 1:
G: (2) 5″ x 8″ Exterior Side Pocket Front
H: (2) 7.25″ x 11″ Interior Pocket Front
Fat Quarter 2:
I: (2) 5″ x 9″ Exterior Side Pocket Lining
J: (2) 8.25″ x 11″ Interior Pocket Lining
(1) 17″ x 33 7/8″ body
(2) 4″ x 15.5″ sides
(3) 1.25″ x 45″ handles (subcut 1 piece into 2 pieces 1.25″ x 7.5″)
(1) 17″ x 33 7/8″ body
(2) 4″ x 15.5″ side panels
(2) 4″ x 7.5″ outer pockets
(2) 6 7/8″ x 10.5″ inner pockets
(1) 17″ x 32.5″ lining body
(2) 4″ x 15.5″ lining side panels
Don’t be daunted by the cutting. Once you get all that done, all you have to do is sew which is the easy, fun part!
Here are the other steps for the Crafty Traveler Tote:
Crafty Traveler Tote Tutorial: Part 1 Interfacing & Cutting (you are here now)
Be sure to tag #craftytraveler and @ellisonlane on social media so I can check out your progress. And here’s the graphic one more time so you can grab it and add it to your blog if you’d like. (just right click on the image or on a mac, hold down control and click.)
See y’all tomorrow!