HOW TO MAKE… AN OVERNIGHT BAG

Mollie Makes - - Something For The Weekend -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

1.25 x 1.15m (49 x 453/ 8") main fabric (we used Ri­fle Pa­per Co Les Fleurs in Folk Birds Black, avail­able from www.fabric.com) 125 x 115cm (49 x 453/ 8") back­ing fabric (we used cot­ton can­vas) 125 x 115cm (49 x 453/ 8") lin­ing fabric (we used Cot­ton + Steel Printshop in Moons Black, avail­able from www.fabric.com) Match­ing sewing thread Heavy-duty zip, 61cm (24") Two leather straps, 107 x 4cm (421/ x 15/ 8") 8 Small riv­ets, eight pairs Rivet tools Two D-rings Two swivel clips Zip, 18cm (71/ 8") Two pairs of heavy­duty snaps Snap tools Quilt­ing clips Leather punch Ham­mer Fabric ad­he­sive spray

Whether you’re off on a short­stop city break, or just driv­ing to stay with fam­ily over Christmas, this sleek week­end bag is your new es­sen­tial travel com­pan­ion.

Roomy enough for your chunky win­ter knits, make-up and toi­letries, it also has two handy pockets in­side – one zipped and one open – so you don’t have to pull out the en­tire con­tents of your bag look­ing for your phone charger. And, we love the ver­sa­til­ity of hav­ing both long and short han­dles, too.

Use a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam al­lowance, un­less stated oth­er­wise.

01 From the main fabric, cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8") pieces for the bag, and two 9 x 7cm (35/ x 2¾") pieces for the D-ring 8 fas­ten­ings. From the back­ing fabric, cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8") pieces. From the lin­ing fabric cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8") pieces for the main bag, two 31 x 33cm (12¼ x 13") pieces for the zip pocket, and one 28 x 20cm (11 x 77/ 8") piece for the open pocket. Cut one leather strap into four 4 x 4cm (15/ x 15/ 8") squares for the zip 8 tabs, and two 2 x 41cm (¾ x 161/ 8") lengths for the side han­dles.

02 Use the ad­he­sive spray to glue the back­ing fabric to the main fabric bag pieces, wrong sides ( WS) to­gether, and align­ing the edges.

03 To make the open pocket, take the 28 x 20cm (11 x 77/ 8") piece of lin­ing fabric and fold the side and bot­tom edges to the WS by 1.5cm ( 5 /8"), twice. Fold the top edge to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), then by 2cm (¾"). Top stitch along the top edge, close to the fold, to se­cure in place.

04 Fold the pocket in half along the length and mark the cen­tre line. Fold one 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8")

piece of lin­ing fabric in half along the length and mark the cen­tre line. With both pieces right side (RS) up, po­si­tion the pocket onto the bag lin­ing, 14cm (5½") down from the top edge, and match­ing the cen­tre fold lines. Sew in place along the two side edges and bot­tom edge, sewing back over the stitches at the top of the pocket to re­in­force the seams. Sew ver­ti­cally down the cen­tre of the pocket.

To make the zip pocket, pin a 31 x 33cm (12¼ x 13") piece of lin­ing fabric to the re­main­ing bag lin­ing fabric, RS to­gether, and align­ing the top raw edges. Draw a 15 x 1.5cm (6x ½") rec­tan­gle onto the pocket fabric, 13cm (5¼") down from the top edge, po­si­tion­ing it cen­trally. Sew around the drawn rec­tan­gle, then cut a 13cm (5¼") line across the cen­tre, through both lay­ers, and snip into the cor­ners.

Push the pocket lin­ing into the open­ing, pull through to the WS of the bag lin­ing, and press flat.

Po­si­tion the cut-out rec­tan­gle over the 18cm (71/ 8") zip, both with RS up, and pin. Top stitch in place.

Pin the re­main­ing 31 x 33cm (12¼ x 13") piece of lin­ing fabric to the sewn pocket lin­ing with RS to­gether, and align­ing raw edges. Sew, be­ing care­ful not to catch the bag lin­ing, then tack the top of the pocket to the top of the lin­ing.

Fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, at­tach the socket part of a heavy-duty snap to two 4 x 4cm (15/ x 15/ 8") leather tabs. 8 Place a plain leather tab and a snap tab with WS to­gether, then sand­wich one end of the re­main­ing zip be­tween them, po­si­tion­ing the snap on the WS of the zip. Re­peat at the other end, mak­ing sure the zip has at least 61cm (24") of tape ex­posed, and clip in place. With a leather nee­dle, sew around the out­side of the tabs, us­ing a stitch length of 3.5-4mm.

Place the zip along one long edge of the 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8") piece of main fabric, RS to­gether, and align­ing the top edges. Place the 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/ 8") piece of lin­ing fabric on top, WS up. Clip, then sew along the top edge, us­ing a 0.5cm (¼") seam al­lowance, and leav­ing 2cm (¾") un­sewn at ei­ther end. Po­si­tion the lin­ing and main fab­rics with WS to­gether, press along the seam, then re­peat along the op­po­site side of the zip to cre­ate the sec­ond side of the bag.

Mark the po­si­tion of the han­dles onto the main fabric, 8cm (31/ 8") down from the zip, with the ends 12cm (4¾") apart. Sew the straps to the main fabric only, po­si­tion­ing them as shown, and se­cur­ing with

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