Did I tell you that I’m teaching three classes this summer? I’m teaching The Staple Dress on June 21st at Modern Makers. On June 28th, I’m teaching this duffle bag at I Don’t Do Dishes. Then on July 26th, I’m teaching The Date Night Dress at I Don’t Do Dishes. I guess I’m jumping in and really getting my feet wet. I’ve made four Staple Dresses, two duffles, and one Date Night Dress, but I have another Date Night Dress cut out and plan to sew it up soon. The first one was pretty much just like the Staple Dress except for the sleeves.
I wanted to sew another duffle bag because my first one wasn’t perfect and I wanted to try to add a lining. I consider this one a great success. I made a few tweaks to it.
The pockets are now the right size. I made them too large on the first one. The instructions for the pockets are slightly confusing, so I’m glad I made this again and took notes to help out my students.
I used a metal zipper instead of a plastic one. I prefer it, but I still wish I had converted my first plastic one so it zipped from the center out. If I ever make a third, I’ll probably do it that way. They don’t make metal purse zippers long enough to use for this bag. Well, they probably do, but I wanted this finished ASAP and didn’t want to have to order one online. I also made the handles longer. I cut two WOF pieces. I ended up trimming them down by 8-10 inches, but they are still significantly longer and make it much easier to carry.
I left out the canvas and used a double layer of SF 101. I think it worked out well. The duffle doesn’t stand up on it’s own, but I don’t think most duffle bags do. It’s less sturdy than the canvas one, but I think that’s OK.
I forgot the snaps last time, but I remembered them this time. I like them, although the instructions weren’t great. Again, I’m glad I made this again so I could take notes.
There’s the lining! It’s so simple to add. I put in all in by machine except for tacking down the four corners. Easy peasy.
I’ve already used this and I’m excited to carry it again. I might try to make the pattern larger if I ever make another. It can really only hold stuff for a weekend and that’s if I’ve planned out all of my outfits and only take one pair of shoes. And that’s no fun.