Hello there! Today I'm sharing this duffle bag I made using a pattern by Virginia of Gingercake Patterns. I've known Virginia for many years now and have actually met her in person. We got to spend some time hanging out in Atlanta on two occasions and I had a wonderful time getting to know her a little better. I'm excited to be part of her series and had fun putting this bag together. The duffle bag - known as the Make Your Getaway Duffle - comes in two sizes of which I chose the smaller. I've made this bag a few times over the years, like this J Crew inspired color blocked version here. I still use that bag as my camera bag but I may have to swap it out for this new one! If I can't make myself part with it, that is.
This duffle came together pretty quickly but I do have to admit that it is still waiting on a lining. I used this awesome large scale black + white gingham fabric I've had in my stash for ages along with cotton webbing for the straps. To break up the black and white a bit, I added some leather tabs and zipper pulls. Instead of using batting and quilting as the pattern directions call for, I used Shapeflex fusible interfacing and a layer of cotton canvas as interlining to sturdy up the outer fabric. I think this particular pattern is perfect as a blank slate and really lends itself well to customization. It would be great for sewing up some gifts for both the kids and adults on your list.
If you'd like to give this pattern a try, leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy for yourself! Winner will be chosen randomly. Giveaway is open to everyone. Ends Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
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FABRIC | Carolina Gingham Check in Black + White (one inch)
STRAPS | black cotton webbing 1 1/4" wide
RIVETS | 8mm double cap gold rivets (tutorial for installation)
LEATHER | Hobby Lobby