Polka Dots and Turtles Travel Bag

A few months ago, I saw the Fall/Winter issue of Stitch Magazine, and immediately bought it to make the cover project:

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It reminded me a bit of the Weekender Bag that's been making the blog rounds, and it just so happened that we had a plane trip coming up. I realized after I started making it that I also made a bag the last time we flew to the East Coast, and have now decided I'll make a new one every time we fly :P. Anyway, here is my version:

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I did make a few changes (I'm sure you're shocked). The pattern called for heavyweight interfacing, but I didn't have any, so in my infinite bag making wisdom, I figured I'd just quilt it. Next time I'll just follow the directions, because quilting all the pieces was a lot of work, but I really love the effect. I cut all the outside pieces first (using Michael Miller Kiss Dot), ironed some lightweight interfacing to each piece, and then quilted batting to that. I just used straight lines because it was easiest. The pockets and handles are made of Michael Miller Les Amis Turtle Parade, and I left out the piping. It didn't seam to fit my bag, for whatever reason. The original pattern only had two pockets on each side, but on one of the sides I made it three.

For the lining, I used some teal chevron fabric that I had in my stash (I'm not sure where it came from). 

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I also added three pockets on one side of the lining and two pockets on the other; these were optional in the pattern.

 

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The thing that I'm most proud of, though, is the zipper! This was my first time putting in a zipper, and I was really nervous about it, but I think it actually went really well.

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All of the stitching came out great, and I was really thrilled with how professional the seams look.

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It was the perfect size for a carry on, even though I loaded it up for our plane trip, and it held up nicely on vacation! I will definitely make this again...although I probably won't make so many modifications :P.

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