Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Travel: Home and Handmade


Yep, this is happening.  I'm heading home to Cincinnati!  I'm just so excited and I can't wait to see my family and friends and eat and eat and eat. (Chipotle, Skyline and Larosas)

In preparation for my trip home, I wanted to make my own bag so I could "Travel Handmade", as they say, and seem really cool while I am making my way through the airports and when I arrived home.  I think my wish to look cool will be successful because this duffel (the StudioCherie duffel aka Simplicity 2274) is pretty much one of my most favorite things I've ever made.

First, I busted out three of my most favorite fabrics.

Denyse Schmidt Plaid & Dot in Lilac

http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/denyse_schmidt/shelburne_falls/plaid__dot_in_lilac

Juliana Horner Rosebed in Pomegranate

http://www.joann.com/juliana-horner-quilt-fabric-rosebed-pomegranate/12519419.html

And pretty much my most favorite fabric ever...

Alexander Henry Zocalo in Tea

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163000175/alexander-henry-zocalo-tea-by-the-yard?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=alexander+henry+zocalo+tea&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

 I was also pretty excited about prepping the jute webbing used for the handles - I get excited watching colors bleed when I soak things in the sink.  After its soaking I washed it as well and it came out really soft and not as camel scented as when I started.



After that I just started cutting and sewing and did a bit here and there and it went together pretty easily and painlessly.  I truly had no issues which is pretty awesome. Pretty much the only change I made was to make the zipper tabs little loops so that I could clip on a strap if I felt the need. The result? SO COOL.










Now if only I could smuggle both cats home in this thing...