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« on: May 28, 2007 05:15:48 PM »

I was inspired by this post:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0

I had my day all planned yesterday.  I was going to make my son a nice luggage bag to take on a camp he was going on today.  Then....as all well planned days go.....my day was turned completely upside down and only got the bag cut out.  So I was up until midnight making the bag and accessories.

This first picture shows the luggage empty.  The outer has heavy iron on interfacing and the lining, a medium weight interfacing.  The lining was a plain grey colour to complement the skulls on the outer fabric.  I was a bit skeptical about the fabric at first because it is flanelette (which is traditionally pyjama fabric) but the fabric worked beautifully with the iron on interfacing.  It doesn't make the fabric look wrinkled at all. 

This second picture shows the luggage when full.  It has a side pocket (like Zelda.Suicide's) and piping detail.  I made the piping myself as the fabric store didn't have grey colour.  That was a PITA!!!

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Zipper pull detail:

The kids also need to take a mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, cultery etc.), so I made a lined drawstring bag to keep it all together:

Then they need something to keep the huge amount of toiletries that were required for the camp (toothbrush, toothpaste etc. but also sunscreen, aeroguard etc. etc.).  The list was huge so I had to make a huge bag to fit it all in:

Again, zipper detail on the toiletries bag:

Phew....all this.....and the camp is only overnight!!  Plus they needed a sleeping bag and pillow.  Well, it is the Great Aussie Bush Camp so they will get muddy, dirty and wet.  Yay.  I needed to take photos before he went.  Goodness knows what colour the bag will come back.  Tongue

Thanks for looking  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 05:27:14 PM »

This is so awesome! Wow!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 05:30:04 PM »

What an awesome mum you are! My hubby would flip if I made him a set like that!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007 06:04:57 PM »

That is quite incredible!  great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007 09:19:45 PM »

I love everything about that bag. Excellent job!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007 09:24:40 PM »

That is so cute i love it
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2007 09:25:46 PM »

That's awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2007 11:15:14 PM »

You're amazing. I want this set for my vacation!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2007 11:31:24 PM »

That is a great set!!  He's going to have the best luggage at camp for sure.  Can you share where you found the fabric?
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2007 11:37:02 PM »

That bag is awesome! I can't wait to make one and today at the thrift I found the best vintage bathrobe to make it from!stay tuned....
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2007 12:56:13 AM »

 Shocked Great luggage, that looks terrific. You're a cool mum  Grin 
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2007 01:10:26 AM »

Wow that is awesome! Great job! You must be the worlds coolest mum!
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2007 02:39:45 AM »

Thanks all for your nice comments.   Smiley

That is a great set!!  He's going to have the best luggage at camp for sure.  Can you share where you found the fabric?

I'm in Australia and I got the fabric from Spotlight.  It's a flanelette and I normally wouldn't have chosen to sew luggage with it but it actually turned out to be quite OK. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2007 06:29:34 AM »

wow cute bag Wink
Do you mind me asking how on earth you made your own piping? as it really complements the bag so well.
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2007 07:12:46 AM »

Oh WOW!! What a fantastic set!  Your bag and accessories look completely awesome!!!    Shocked  What a great mom you are for making these.  I'm sure your son will use it well beyond this one night of camp!  Great, great work!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2007 09:03:28 AM »

You did a beautiful job--those bags are incredible!
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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2007 11:45:11 AM »

You are such a good Mom, losing sleep to make sure he has the right luggage.  I think that's awesome. 

How much fabric to you think you used gor the luggage bag?  and lining?
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« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2007 02:08:36 PM »

Oh WOW!! What a fantastic set!  Your bag and accessories look completely awesome!!!    Shocked  What a great mom you are for making these.  I'm sure your son will use it well beyond this one night of camp!  Great, great work!!  Cheesy

Thanks runnermom100863.  I do hope he uses the bag more than once, because if he doesn't, I will..........to run away!!!  Wink

wow cute bag Wink
Do you mind me asking how on earth you made your own piping? as it really complements the bag so well.

Firstly, I made my own bias binding (that's the painful part) which was 2 inches wide.  Then I folded the bias binding over cording.  With my zipper foot, and as close to the cording as possible, I sewed the cording within the binding.  If this doesn't make sense, I can do a little tutorial.

You are such a good Mom, losing sleep to make sure he has the right luggage.  I think that's awesome. 

How much fabric to you think you used gor the luggage bag?  and lining?

LOL!!  Cheesy  Gotta get the priorities right, hey?

It didn't take much fabric at all and as usual I bought WAY too much.  In theory, it would only take almost 1 metre (umm, in inches, that's about 39.5") of each of the outer fabric, lining and 1 layer of interfacing (I used 2 layers of interfacing).  That also includes the fabric for the pocket on the front.  With this amount, you would have to cut the pieces right up next to each other and the fabric would have to be cut at a perfect right angle to the selvedge.  It doesn't allow extra.  I allowed 1.5 metres of each (about 60 inches) however I bought 3 metres so I could make the other accessories.  That's assuming you have 44" wide fabric. 
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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2007 03:18:34 PM »

waow you did amazing job!!! Congratulations.
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« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2007 04:14:09 PM »

Thanks all for your nice comments.   Smiley

That is a great set!!  He's going to have the best luggage at camp for sure.  Can you share where you found the fabric?

I'm in Australia and I got the fabric from Spotlight.  It's a flanelette and I normally wouldn't have chosen to sew luggage with it but it actually turned out to be quite OK. 
I'm a little envious of your sweet fabric find!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2007 04:47:48 PM »

After testing this pattern out with some random fabric that I had, I've been planning to make a horror themed bag. Your post with your skull bag has inspired me to finally get around to actually making it. I love how yours turned out!  Grin

I do have one question though, do you know how much piping you used?

Just want to make sure I get enough...I hate when I sit down with a project and have to stop for a trip to joann's or walmart


 
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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2007 04:49:45 PM »

Wow that is brilliant...don't mean to bother you, but, if you don't mind, can you post a tutorial of that first bag (the big one) because i think it's adorable!! Smiley

thanks x
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2007 05:04:34 PM »

Wow your son is so lucky to have an awesome mom like you! The luggage set looks great!
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2007 05:34:30 PM »

very cool luggage set, bet every guy there wants to know where it came from
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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2007 08:55:34 AM »

I am Soooooo jealous!!!.... the pieces look amazing!!!!
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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2007 12:01:48 PM »

Absolutely awesome! I would never dream of making my own luggage! If I did, I'm sure it would make through the first trip, what with the way I cut corners when sewing!
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2007 01:54:08 PM »

After testing this pattern out with some random fabric that I had, I've been planning to make a horror themed bag. Your post with your skull bag has inspired me to finally get around to actually making it. I love how yours turned out!  Grin

I do have one question though, do you know how much piping you used?

Just want to make sure I get enough...I hate when I sit down with a project and have to stop for a trip to joann's or walmart

I used about 5.5 metres (that's about 6 yards).  When sewing the piping to the bag, I pretty much used my zipper foot for the whole project, even when sewing the seams, so I could get as close as possible to the piping.

Wow that is brilliant...don't mean to bother you, but, if you don't mind, can you post a tutorial of that first bag (the big one) because i think it's adorable!! Smiley

thanks x

Aw, thanks Kam  Wink .  Someone has already done a tutorial.  Here is the link:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0

The measurements just say "leave 1 inch for seams".  Mmm, I wasn't sure whether to add seam allowances or whether they were included.  I just cut the pieces as the measurements were given and I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 
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Oh, WOW!!  I love it!  I wish someone would make personalized luggage.  That is awesome!
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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2010 12:07:39 PM »

I'm going to have to add this to the list of 'to do' crafts... this is amazing!

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« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2010 02:43:39 AM »

This is incredible!
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Wow this is amazing and so well made! Grin
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« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2010 07:54:13 AM »

This is absolutely stunning - you did an amazing job!!  I love, love LOVE it!  The piping is AWESOME - thanks for letting us know about how much to use.

I'm new to making bags - can you tell me what you used for the zipper pulls and the straps - is that bias tape?  Like I said, I'm new, and I don't know what I'm looking for when I'm shopping... 

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2010 02:10:38 PM »

I'm new to making bags - can you tell me what you used for the zipper pulls and the straps - is that bias tape?  Like I said, I'm new, and I don't know what I'm looking for when I'm shopping... 

Thanks for your help!


The zipper pull, I made myself using crochet cotton and a skull bead.  Just looped a couple of strands of crochet cotton threaded on a bead and knotted the cotton to keep the bead in place.

The straps are a lightweight cotton webbing.  Here's a link as to what it looks like close up:  http://www.wbcindustries.com/web_cotton.html  I think what I used is polyester though, not cotton.  I didn't like it at first because I didn't think it was sturdy enough but after using it, the webbing doesn't dig into your hands when carrying the bag.
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« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2010 10:48:54 AM »

I'm finally getting around to trying this bag (sort of).  My hubby asked me to make him a bag, but then he ended up changing the dimensions, and then he asked if it can have a flap over the front, like a messenger bag.  But I'm still using this basic pattern as my template and I'm totally using the piping.  I've just figured out today what all my fabric cuts should be, so I'm off to start cutting.  But thanks again, so much, for the tips with the interfacing & the piping, etc.  I can hardly wait to see how my bag comes out! 
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