I always hope that during the holidays I'll get some time to make some projects that always get squeezed out of my usual schedule. I enjoy making smaller projects so when Chase asked if I'd like to make her new pattern before it released, I jumped at the chance. Her latest design is the Travel Outbound Bag. You can read more about it here and find the link to her PDF pattern and as well as some kits she's put together. Chase designed it as travel bag not just when journeying across county but also from moving from room to room, a caddy for storing your sewing, books, phone, glasses- whatever your essentials are!
It has two zipper pockets, four outer pockets to slip smaller items into, plus a generous open centre section large enough for books, tablet etc.
I followed her pattern exactly all the way through. She suggests heavy fusible interfacing. I only had Shape Flex which is light to medium weight but I used a moderately heavy denim and a linen to compensate on the areas that need heaviness.
Chase's patterns are always very thorough and her writing style is personal and encouraging; it feels like she is talking me through each stage! She includes tips for any tricky areas and there are lots of photos to support the making process. Her zip installation process is excellent for those of you who find these a little tricky.
It took me a while. I'm not an especially fast sewer and I like to take my time and get top stitching and binding just right.
This bag is for a secret swap partner at Threadhouse retreat so I hope it's well received. I think I need one next to organise books next to the couch! It's a great caddy and different fabric choices could easily personalise a Travel Outbound Bag for a book obsessive, crossword addict, embroiderer ... etc. Find all the pattern details here.