Do you sew on the go? Are you always digging around in deep bags, looking for your sewing supplies and projects? This small travel bag might be just what you need!
It can hang on your arm– or the arm of an arm chair. Your hand can slip right in and grab your embroidery thread, scissors, hexagons, templates….you name it. It even works great for crochet or knitting balls of yarn.
The hexagons on the front are just a little fun addition. You can do more, or less of them –you choose.
The bag measures 10″ X 8″ when finished and has a box pleat (just a little one) on the bottom so it makes the bag a little nicer inside. It’s reversible too– so you can pick and choose what you’d like to show off, fabric wise.
12″ X 20″ designer weight fabric (outside of bag)
12″ X 20″ fabric (inside lining)
3 scraps of fabric for hexagons
2″ Hexagon templates There are a few other free sizes of printable hexagon templates- you can pick your own if you’d like smaller or the larger ones.
Download template for sewing bag here
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Small Travel Bag for Hand Stitching Tutorial~
1) Print off the travel bag template and cut out
2) Fold your fabric in half so it measures 12″ X 10″
3) Pin your template in place with the fold along the bottom of the bag. Cut your lining and outside bag
4) Sew the sides of the bag right sides together- lining and outside
5) Measure in the corners 1/2″ X 1/2″ and mark with pencil
6) Cut out corner
7) Fold the corner and re-align the corners to make a box pleat. If you’d like other options for box pleats check out 3 box bottom options here.
8) Stuff the lining inside of the outside travel bag piece- right sides together- pin along the arm opening. The top edge will open
9) Sew along the arm openings- snip the curves
10) Turn right sides out
11) Fold the outside handle over the bag bottom and pin to the opposite side- right sides together
12) Sew along the edge- make sure you don’t catch the bag bottom in the seam- it will look like this:
13) Turn the bag so the lining is on the outside.
14) Fold ONE edge 1/4″ and iron
15) Over lap the folded edge on top of the raw edge and hand stitch in place. The sides might need to be stitched as well
16) You can use a ladder stitch for quick stitching
18) Hand stitch the hexagons to the bag –feel free to make as many hexagons as you’d like and do your own design.
Load it with your travel sewing kit and you are set!
The sleeve on the bag is large enough to slip on a arm chair too….so you can sit anywhere and hang it. Or take in your car or airplane. Works with any kind of travel.