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Overnight Bag - Simplicity 2274 Review

Added Feb 10, 2013

by Maureen Kubisz

Hamilton, New Je...






This very large tote was straight forward to make. The finished size of about 20″ × 12″ × 12″ yields a sturdy piece of luggage that can hold a week end’s worth of clothes.

Check my blog for more pictures www.fashiondoubletake.blogspot.com

Instructions: I used a serpentine stitch that was built into my Husqvarna Viking SE to quilt the fabric-batting-backing for the two side panels and the one large piece that becomes the top, long sides and bottom.

Next, a patch pocket is applied to the long side, and a pleated pocket is attached to the short side. I think the finished bag would have been just as nice without these pockets.

The instructions specify making a circle of jute webbing to be stitched to the bottom and the long sides. I only had enough handle to make a loop for each side, and the bag is plenty strong, anyway.

Next, attach the 20" zipper to the short ends of the large rectangle. The pattern does not require a separating zipper, but I recommend one for ease of sewing.

There are small fabric tabs that the designer asks to sew over the ends of the zipper, but next time I expect that I will omit this step, since the tabs stick up oddly.

The last step is to sew the short sides onto the large rectangle. I added boning to this seam. I also pressed, then top stitched the large piece, creating the illusion of a separately sewn top and bottom. This created a professional finish, as well as supporting the bag so it can stand.

Material Notes

bottom weight woven with stretch for exterior & lining, zipper, 1" webbing, pellon fusible fleece




Garment Type

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    Feb 10, 2013, 12.39 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    Thank you, Mary. My Husqvarna Viking dealer periodically brings hugh cardboard boxes of remnants from the New York garment district. Most of of these are not labeled, but the dealer said they were used to make designer dresses (maybe samples). It is a treat to rummage through these boxes, and I will bring home as much fabric as I can sneak in the house. I get a kick when I can match the fabric to a project.

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    Feb 10, 2013, 12.11 PMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous.bag. Love.the fabric you.choose x

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