Another travel bag

Every year I attend the SIGGRAPH conference, and it seems every year I get ants in my pants to sew a bag to take. You'd think by now I'd have the perfect bag!

I wanted something that could also be used as a purse, and since I won't be lugging my laptop to the conference center every day (yeah, iPhone!!) the bag needed to hold conference necessities but not be too heavy or bulky. That Exhibition floor gets tiring!

So here is the 2008 Travel Bag:

The fabric is Botanical Pop by Windham. It's really nice to work with, maybe only second to this.

The back has a pocket for my boarding pass and other paperwork I need quickly, with a some large ric rac trim. I really like how that turned out. Maybe it should be the front!

I used the new tutorial at U-handbag Blog for a concealed zipper in casing. This was a challenge, but worth it I think. It looks nice -- but mine is a bit long. I should have better heeded the tutorial!

I also used the U-handbag Blog tutorial for an insider zipper pocket. Why haven't I done this before? It was so easy! I also included pockets for my iPhone and sunglasses.

I'm thinking this is the perfect bag for the mom of a toddler. I could fit his diapers and wipes case in it plus all my stuff but it is not as big and bulky as a diaper bag.

I leave for LA tomorrow and return at the end of the week. Anybody have a "must go" fabric or vintage store? Unfortunately we are staying downtown, so I can't travel too far...


Louise said...

You have inspired me. I'm off to another craft show in Sydney in a couple of weeks - a new bag would be fabulous. I LOVE yours - we have that fabric at the shop and it looks really good in a bag. I'm off to check out that tutorial.

Thimbleanna said...

Very Nice! I love all the pockets and zippers -- cute and functional!

Kim said...

You should go by oonaballoona.blogspot.com. She's in LA and recently posted about some amazing garment district fabric finds plus the dresses she made out of them. I should warn you, though, that I can only properly view her blog in Safari on my Mac.

Beautiful bag! I love the giant ric rac side, too!

Anonymous said...

That is one gorgeous bag! Looks so comfy and roomy too. Have fun in LA!

oonaballoona said...

DAMN. what the f is up with firefox? i post to my blog from firefox... i can see it... anyway... beth and kim, i'll be happy to take you to magical $1 a yard land whenever you wish.

ps: mid century modern rules the world, as does your bag.

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