|Passport & Travel Document Bag with Vintage Tie for Strap|
The Store Director where I work just recently left the company to spend a few months to travel around Australasia. It was also her birthday, so she had a big bash before she took off on her exciting travel odyssey. As a bon voyage/birthday gift, I decided to make her something handy.
As she will be backpacking and hostelling her way around exotic locations in the southern hemisphere, the material needs to be durable, not show dirt easily nor quickly, be comfortable.,,, and washable!
For the main body of the bag, I chose a remnant selection of upholstery material: one side a pretty brocade in shades of green, golden sand, and ivory; the other a plush, coordinating, plain, fern green. The interior pockets are made with lilac and white cotton seersucker material I recently purchased, on special offer, from my favourite Tuesday market stall.
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- Two 9-inch (W) X 18-inch (H) heavy duty fabric pieces (Main body) - It can be shorter if you don't want a front flap
- One 18-inch (W) X 5-inch (H) piece cotton seersucker material (inner pocket/lining)
- One 6-inch (W) X 9-inch 9-inch (H) approx. seersucker material (pocket)
- Two Velcro strips (cut to size)
- Vintage Tie (shoulder/neck strap)
- Liquid Stitch
- Buttons (decoration)
- Coordinating Variegated Thread
- Hand-Sewing Needle
Then, I found the horizontal centre of the seersucker material and pinned for placement of the passport pocket material, which I had previously measured for accurate size.
I created the pocket with a smaller strip of the seersucker material. For added privacy, I fashioned a flap by folding the pocket material about two-thirds of the way up the vertical length, pinned it in place. Then, I machine-stitched the pocket in place. (I chose to add a bit of extra interest with the seersucker stripes on the pocket running them vertically against the horizontal stripes of the inner seersucker material used for the interior lining.)
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As for the larger piece of seersucker material, I added an "extra" pocket by sewing a vertical line down either side of the pocket. Then, I created a large loop by sewing the two ends of the material together using a neat seam.
Next, I set aside the pocket and interior materials to work on the main body of the bag:
- Placing both the plain and patterned heavy duty fabrics right-sides facing outward, I pinned around three edges, leaving one end open...
- Also, very importantly, using pins to mark the channel for the vintage tie strap to be threaded through for the strap handle.
- Once satisfactorily pinned, I machine-sewed the two fabrics together, making sure I left the channel an even width on either side for the strap to easily pass through.
You see, several years ago, (being a quirky-dresser anyway), I went through a phase of wearing vintage ties to accessorise my outfits. They have since been retired sitting in a plastic file box with my fabric stash waiting patiently for a suitable re-purposing project. Thankfully, my epiphany saved this creation!
|Vintage Neck Tie Shoulder Strap|
- I stitched down the inner edges of the tie, in case they ever unravelled or otherwise came undone.
- Then, I threaded it through the channel I created in the main body of the bag.
- I closed the tie's loop created by inserting the skinny tie-end into the opening of the large end of the tie; then, carefully, hand-sewed it securely into place.
- I added a decorative button to help hold it further, while hiding, also, the hand-stitching.
|Finished With Buttons!|
- This part was slipped between the heavy-duty fabrics with the pocket side on the side of the plain, heavy-duty, woven fabric. I made sure the seersucker material seam was sandwiched between the fabrics, so it won't show once sewn in place.
- I pinned these pieces together before sewing to make sure; (a) I'm happy with the placement, and; (b) they don't budge while sewing!
- Next, I carefully machine-sewed the pieces together around the edges being sure not to sew over the tie handle-strap/channel. I did back-stitch at these places for added durability.
Time for a cuppa, now that I'm...