Join us in class to create your own Retro Travel Bag. This bag is great for a weekend away or for kids to use as an overnight bag. It is fully lined, features an exterior zipper, and one large interior pocket. It measures approximately 20” wide by 11” tall by 6” wide. You can even choose from one of 3 handle styles! Melissa Mortenson will walk you step by step through the bag construction process. In the class she shares some of her favorite sewing tips and tricks along with suggestions for picking out just the right fabric for your bag.
1 hour 25 minutes
What to Expect
- A PDF pattern to download for the class
- Handbag construction techniques
- Three handle options
- Special zipper insertion technique
- Using grommets and handbag hardware
- Working with different types of interfacings and stiffeners
1 yard of cotton fabric, pattern is suitable for laminated fabrics, cotton fabrics such as quilting weight cotton, light weight home decor fabric. Not suitable for stretch fabric.
1 yard fabric for bag lining
1/2 yard fabric for inside bag pocket
1/2 yard fabric for outside bag pocket
1/2 yard fabric for view B purse handles
1/4 yard of fabric (or fat quarter) for purse handle tabs if making view A
1 yard 45” wide Fusible Fleece
1 yard 20” wide Medium Weight interfacing
1 1/2 yards 20” wide Heavyweight fusible interfacing such as Thermoweb Heavyweight Non Woven Interfacing OR Pellon Flex Foam Interfacing.
(note if you are making the bag from laminate fabric purchase sewn in interfacing, not fusible).
Handle Options, pick one:
2 purchased purse handles for view A
2 yards 1’’ wide cotton webbing for sewn view B Handles
1” wide Leather Belt Blank that is at least 48”. Leather hole punch, 1/2” leather rapid rivets and setting tool, 1 piece of plastic canvas.
30” metal zipper
14” metal zipper for outer pocket
2 packages of bias piping
1 package of extra wide double fold bias tape
1/2 yard 1” wide ribbon (if using purchased purse handles)
Sewing Machine Notions:
Teflon Foot, if sewing with laminated/coated fabric.
Recommended: Micro Tex Needle
Spray Paint (if you want bamboo handles another color)
Basting Spray/ Glue Stick
Piece of interfacing or tissue paper to trace pattern pieces
Fabric Safe Marking Pen