Added Oct 31, 2010
I modified the Traveller’s Bag pattern to give it interior pockets, piping, and a full lining. The piping was totally worth it, and I think it actually made the bag easier to construct because of the structure it gave the circular side pieces. The interior pockets are ALL recycled from an abandoned pair of nylon cargo pants. I like the pattern, and it was pretty easy to make, but I’d make a couple of changes next time. One, I would enlarge it. It’s a decent size, but two microfiber towels, a change of clothes, and random beach necessities were a bit of a tight squeeze. The day I wanted to take a bigger towel was a feat of engineering. Two, I would put the exterior pockets on AFTER attaching the strap, then I’d sew down the middle to separate the two pockets on each side. The two skinny pockets the straps create when you follow the original directions aren’t big enough to use them much. My spray sunscreen won’t even fit in one of them. Three—I’d make the sides deeper and the bottom smaller, keeping the overall proportions the same so they’d fit the circle correctly, but helping the bag not collapse so much when it’s not stuffed full.
Exterior—Sturdy cotton print from Ikea
Interior Pockets—recycled nylon cargo pants
Straps and bottom—Recycled denim
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