HOW TO MAKE… AN OVERNIGHT BAG
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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