Sew Sturdy: The Ultimate Travel Bag
Don't take one more trip with a bag you don't love! Learn how to make a quilted bag that's perfect for travel with beloved instructor Annie Unrein. In this class, learn step-by-step construction, starting with with how to create sturdy quilted fabric with foam stabilizer that will become the bag's front, back and side panels. From there, you'll create reinforced handles and sturdy straps. Next, Annie will teach you how to make slip pockets, mesh pockets, combination slip-and-zip pockets and other variations. With your bag almost ready to construct, Annie will help you add a stabilizer sleeve to the bottom of the bag, install zippers, shape the bag's edges and bind them beautifully. Then you'll be ready to join the bag front and back to the side strip, before binding the edges and adding a few last details for a fabulous finish.
Annie Unrein is an expert quilter, pattern designer and teacher. Her quilts and designs have appeared in publications such as Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilt, and Memory Makers magazines. She also created ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, a product that adds body, stability and professional finish to purses, bags and home decor.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Annie Unrein, the mastermind behind By Annie's! She'll take you on a tour of The Ultimate Travel Bag's many features and help you choose your materials. Then you'll see how to quilt your fabric pieces to foam stabilizer and cut and label all the pieces for your bag.
Follow along as Annie teaches you how to sew the carrying strap, strap tabs and handles for your bag, and how to add strapping (webbing) for reinforcement where needed. You'll even make a shoulder strap to go over the handles on your rolling luggage for easy trips through the airport!
Make convenient slip pockets for the outside of the bag. Annie will walk you through sewing an ingenuous combo slip-and-zip pocket for security, as well as mesh pockets for the inside of the bag. You'll also see how to bind the edges for polished pocket finishes.
It's time to assemble the side strip, encompassing the bag bottom and a double-slide zipper for the main bag opening. Follow Annie as she joins up the fabric side strip and zipper strips with the pockets, installs the zipper, adds a stabilizer sleeve for a rigid bag bottom, and sew buttons on the bottom to protect your bag when you set it down.
Find out how to add inside and outside pockets to the bag's front and back pieces. Then learn to shape the edges of the front and back for a graceful, roomy silhouette.
You're almost done! Make custom bias binding strips from a square of fabric and a cushiony pad that will make your carrying strap more comfortable even with a fully loaded bag. Annie will also show you how to stitch the binding around curves and join the binding ends perfectly.
To complete the bag, join the bag front and bag back to the side-strip assembly, then bind the seams for Annie's "Cadillac finish." Make handy zipper pulls from a strip of fabric, insert your acrylic bag bottom into the stabilizer sleeve, and hit the road!