Friday, October 24, 2014

The Bon Voyage Bag

Bon Voyage Bag

Are you looking for a  stylish and functional bag for traveling?   Need an overnight bag during the holidays?  Or  are you looking for a modern bag to make as a gift for somebody special, like your mother , sister or best friend?
Then, I have discovered the perfect  bag for you!

"The" bag-                      Bon Voyage bag   by  Geta's Quilting Studio

The Bon Voyage bag    by Geta's Quilting Studio

The bag dimensions:       18 wide at top; 21 wide at bottom; 15'' tall (without straps);
                                     5'' deep; two interior pockets; one exterior zippered pocket

My Bon Voyage Bag-
The Bon Voyage Bag        by Susie's Sunroom
The outer fabrics are a "quilt sandwich", made with main  outer fabrics,  batting in the middle,  and a home decorator weight fabric  for the bottom layer.  ( The home dec fabric is not seen.   The quilt sandwich  provides sturdiness in the bag.  ) Then , I did some VERY basic free motion quilting...  around the design 'ferns' on the main fabric and rambling on the  dark, small flower fabric.  (I need to practice FMQ a lot more!)
I made the straps two-toned.  So fun!  (They are 28" long.)

My random free motion quilting

Bonus: Geta's pattern is so unique... This bag can have many "looks!"   Geta provides superb instructions, diagrams and photos  that  also show how to create a Bon Voyage bag with a hexagon front!  These bags were made for Geta's sisters, who all traveled to Paris together .  Aren't they gorgeous with  hexagons and the exquisite quilting?!!

Geta's Quilting Studio    Bon Voyage bags made by Geta
photo courtesy of Geta's Quilting Studio

So, how  much can a Bon Voyage bag hold?

This is a big bag!   Along side a 24 inch ruler

There's an exterior zippered pocket on the back side!

There are four big slip pockets inside

I began by placing a curling iron in the bottom...

On top of the curling iron,  I put a large beach towel...

How will the Bon Voyage Bag handle-  4 pairs of gym socks, 4 polo shirts, a button down shirt, and a pair of shorts?

No sweat?  It's all in there!!

There's still space in  the exterior zipper pocket yet!

My mother would've stuffed  A LOT more in this still!

There's  time for you  to make The Bon Voyage bag,  and have a totally stylish and practical gift for  holiday giving.  
Stop by soon to see another  pattern that Geta designed for her sisters and their trip!  You will love it!

I'm off to my sewing room!
I am linked up at:  Can I Get A Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
                            Purse Palooza 2014 @ Sew Sweetness


  1. It is bound to be a 'Bon Voyage' with such a pretty carry-all.

  2. Thank you, Susie, for sewing such a beautiful bag!

  3. You make the nicest bags Susie and this one is no exception!!!

  4. It is always fun to see how much bag can hold. Your bag and Geta's bags are looking good!

  5. Susie, your Bon Voyage Bag turned out wonderful! You have great taste in fabrics and great attention to detail! I thought the quilting you did was perfect! I am a Geta fan myself and have some of her patterns and her wonderful book on Shadow Trapunto Quilts.

  6. It is a very pretty "big" bag.
    your little halloween cats are cute.

  7. You bag queen. I love all those zippers!! Who doesn't need a big bag? Great gift idea! and your fabric selection is spot on. Lovely!


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