I’m finished with my version of the bionic/sew together/quilter’s organizer/uber travel bag in super obnoxious shiny bright pink! It turned out pretty cute, I must say. The gingham is a bit seersuckerish with some sheen and the binding is that slippy, shiny satin kind, it’s all they had at the fabric store in an appropriate shade and a bit of a pain to work with but I like the end result so it was worth it.
There are lots of versions of these online but they are all long and short where I wanted taller to fit a paperback book, pouches for toiletries, etc as I’m sending this as a grab-and-go travel kit for an adventurous friend.
It fits a LOT of stuff so I decided to make some accessories to go inside.
Here is a cute zip pouch with a girlie face, a tissue holder…
Sunglasses holder …
… sewn with an open-wide style zipper
Folding wallet for, erm, lady things. And a tri-folding jewelry holder.
The vintage flower button might be my favourite part of all of this!
There is so much room in this thing, I have a couple more items planned, a clear plastic pouch for toothbrush and paste, and a sewing kit, of course!
ETA clear plastic toiletries zip up complete. I’m hoping to find a pink toothbrush, paste & floss before sending this out tomorrow.
Let’s talk construction. This is put together like an accordion wallet but rather than the side parts being seamed all the way around, the botton edge is left raw and finished with bias binding. This gives the benefit of the space between the zippered pouches being an additional pocket without a gap at the bottom edge.
In most versions the bias binding is left sort of sticking up around the zipper but I preferred it stitched flat to the bag which gives a different look that I quite like here. I used some wash away wonder tape to help position the bias next to the zipper since at this point it becomes very awkward to sew and prone to wiggling.
I made the sides of this bag a bit different than most of the patterns out there so did not need the zipper to go the entire length of the bias tape but I did decide to extend the tape like this which is an interesting finish.
The resulting “handles” are convenient and a neat detail.
Have you guessed who this is for? Here’s a hint, if you know the back story you are probably having a chuckle right now. If not, stay tuned, I’ll be sending this off to the unsuspecting recipient in the next week or so!