Months ago, I decided to make a big duffle bag for my dear friend's daughter. She is a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan, and her mom suggested a bag with the Flyers fabric.
It is so much easier to make something when you know what a person likes for colors and theme! Right?
Except in this case, I couldn't find ANY Flyers fabrics anywhere. I looked for a long time.
Then one day I shopped in our local Walmart. I passed the men's sport's apparel department, and a pair of orange and black men's jammies
The idea hit me right there- Buy the Flyer jammie pants, cut them up CAREFULLY, and fussy cut pieces for use in the duffle bag!!!
I used a pattern by Fig Tree & Co. called My Paris Traveler's Bag.
|This pattern makes a big duffle bag, with a zipper top.|
The jersey fabric in the pajama bottoms was easier to manage and cut than I had imagined it would be. I cut 4 long strips for the inside of the handles. I figured I'd use black for the outside. I used rectangles of the Flyers fabric for two outside pockets, where there was a lot of space for the design to show through. I got bright orange fabric at Joann Fabric, and used that for the gusset. Lastly, I used white for the inside lining.
My friend's daughter really liked her Flyers Traveler's Bag . She has been using it a lot.
However, currently, it has one little problem. One of their little dogs managed to OPEN the zipper and cause some minor damage!
The bag had one handle pulling off of the side, and the pocket was loosened. The zipper was able to be pulled all the way to one end, and come apart. :( There was some worn-out fabric at that end of the zipper. (I think the little poochie pulled and tugged and scratched at that end for awhile. He was trying to get her retainer, in a bag, in it's case, INSIDE the Flyers bag! He has a good nose!! ) Luckily, there were no tears in it!
|Sewing a patch over the worn area at the end of the zipper|
Luckily, it fit underneath my machine with no problems.
|I added this orange patch, to cover the worn area, and to stop the zipper from going off of the track|
|The repaired Flyers Paris Traveler's Bag|
I am so happy that the repairs went smoothly , and the bag is ready to be used again!
It made me happy to see a bag that I made was being used ....and that the person liked what I made for her! This is a big reason that I love to sew. (YOU, too... right?!)
|I'm off to my sewing room!|