I seem to have a little issue with needing to make myself something right before I travel. Usually the day before, because it's not like there's anything else to do, right? Someone else will do the laundry and pack my bag, won't they? Yeah, this time it was right before I headed off to the Sisters' Outdoor Quilt Show. Apparently I urgently needed a bag to hold my notebook and tablet. Yes, for those following along, I did just make a bag for that a few months ago. So. Many. Bags. Goodness.
Anyway, I got to use some really cute fabric I bought on one of our trips to Helena, Montana, so the bag storage space is worth it.
To make this, you'll need:
- 12" zipper
- cotton fabric for the outside and lining
cut two pieces 11 1/2 x 14 1/2" from the outside
cut two pieces 11 1/2 x 14 1/2" from the lining
cut two pieces 2 x 3" for the tabs from whichever fabric you choose
cut one piece 7 1/2 x 6 1/2" from the outside for the inner pocket (or bring in a third fabric, as I did)
- fusible interfacing (optional, depending on the thickness of your fabric and the desired weight of the bag)
cut two pieces 11 1/2 x 14 1/2"
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outside pieces.
Fold the 2 x 3" pieces in half the long way, then press both edges into the center. Stitch near both sides. Set aside.
Fold the 7 1/2 x 6 1/2" pocket in half with right sides together so the two 6 1/2" pieces are matched up. Stitch around, leaving 2" open at the bottom. Turn right side out. Press, turning in opening.
Pin the pocket to the lining, centered side to side and 1 1/2" from the top edge. Stitch down the sides and across the bottom.
With the lining right side up, place the zipper, also right side up, even with the top edge. The pull should be at least 1/2" from the edge. Lay and outside piece on top, right side down, and pin. Stitch the top edge using a zipper foot.
This is where the little monster that lives inside my computer comes in. I took photos of the next couple of steps. Where those photos went is anyone's guess, but they aren't where they should be. The good news is, this bag goes together in a very similar way to the Coupon, Gift Card and Loyalty Card Pouch I made a few months ago. If you're a visual learner (my people!), check out that post for more pics.
The next step is to press both the lining and outside pieces away from the zipper. Topstitch near the zipper.
Repeat the same process on the other side of the zipper. Unzip the zipper half way.
Pin the two outside pieces with right sides together and the two lining pieces, with right sides together, as well. The teeth on the zipper should fold toward the lining side.
Fold the two tabs in half that you made previously. Tuck them in between the outside pieces, 1" from the zipper on each side.
Stitch, leaving 3" open at the bottom of the lining.
(hey look, photos are back!)
Cut off the excess zipper, if needed. Clip the corners. Turn right side out through the opening and the open zipper.
Press the bottom edge of the lining, turning in the opening. Stitch across the bottom, close to the edge. Press the outside section.
Push the lining into the bag.
Throw in a book or two and go!
I used a strap I had left from an old bag and just clipped it onto the tabs.
Now for the big questions - where am I going next, and what do I need to sew first???