There are so many duffle bag patterns out there. It is difficult to know which pattern to try and which to save for another day. I found a wide selection of free duffle bag patterns, but none really gave me all the things I was looking for in a duffle bag. You see, I like to take little weekend get-away trips and needed a bag for a couple days change of clothes. Nothing major. I wanted my duffle bag to have lots of separate compartments and options for putting my items in order. I finally found a great pattern and started gathering the necessary materials to make this pattern into a reality! I decided upon the Betsy Travel bag, by Kristi McDonough with Schnitzel & Boo.
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Betsy Travel Bag – Materials List
- Betsy Travel Bag pattern
- 1/2 yard Pocket Lining
- 1 1/4 yards Main Accent fabric
- 1 yard Main Fabric
- 1 1/4 yards Main Lining
- 3/4 yard neutral-colored cotton canvas (also called “Duck Cloth“)
- 3/4 yard Secondary Accent Fabric
- 4 yards 20″ wide lightweight fusible interfacing, such as Pellon SF101
- 1 1/2″ piece of 1″ wide Velcro
- 20″x40″ piece of cotton batting, or large scraps
- (1) 20″ zipper
- (2) 6″ zippers
- (1) 9″ zipper
- (1) 22″ separating zipper
Now, I know what you are thinking – That’s a lot of materials! Yeah, it is! I have pulled together some links to help you find your hardware. There is a bunch you will need for this pattern. Getting the right stuff is important!
- (2) 1″ leash clips (snap hooks)
- (2) 1 1/2″ D-Rings
- (2) 1 1/2″ leash clips (snap hooks)
- (1) 1 1/2″ metal slide buckle
- (1) 3/4″ leash clip (snap hook)
- (6) 1 1/2″ rectangle rings
- (4) 1″ D-Rings
Betsy Travel Bag – Tips & Tricks
After I acquired my materials and supplies, I started sorting and labeling my fabrics. The below picture is just me sorting thru all the fabric that I had (of this particular line). I bought some bits of yardage a while back and (at the time) did not know what I would be using it for. It was at this particular project that I learned how fabric prints are retired (oh no!). I ended up scrounging around Etsy and Instagram for some missing bits, but finally pulled all the fabrics together. In the end – I pulled together all the fabrics I needed for the project. The fabric line I chose is called Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics. They may have a TINY bit left right HERE.
I did my cutting in stages (because there was so much to cut and keep track of). I made sure that I labeled everything as I cut. This was a HUGE time savings when I got ready to start sewing things together.
The best advise I have for you, when putting this bag together is to take it slow and don’t expect to finish this in one day. In fact, I gave myself an entire weekend to assemble the bag (I had already had it all cut out and prepped ahead of time). I am really happy with the results! I also found that talking to myself helped with the construction of this bag. Do you do that too?
I use this bag for every quilting retreat, when I make a quick trip to visit family or any other time I need a bag for the weekend.
Have you made this bag? I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite part or some things that you would have done differently or changed? Let us know in the comments section below!
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