Size: 21cm (l) 31cm (w – max) 10cm (d)
This travel tote is a kind of bag that you want to take on your trip. It features the Sticker from I♥TRAVEL, the design that looks like a suitcase covered with travel stickers.
Design & Work:Kanae Nakayama
Fabric shown for this sample:P44200-200 (D)
□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric B, Outer pocket outer fabric, Inner pocket lining fabric, Gusset outer fabric): 90cm×40cm
(Panel lining fabric, Gusset lining fabric): 90cm×40cm
(Panel outer fabric A): 40cm×30cm
(Outer pocket lining fabric): 40cm×20cm
(Inner pocket outer fabric): 20cm×20cm
(Handle outer fabric): 20cm×40cm
(Handle lining fabric): 20cm×40cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 90cm×50cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 10cm×5cm
□ Magnetic hook (hook type): One pair (1.8cm diameter)
We interviewed Kanae about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I thought, “It looks like a world traveler’s suitcase!” A square tote is boring and this motif doesn’t fit quite well with a round bottom tote. So I mixed both elements to create a round with square edge hexagonal tote bag.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The handles feature two colors, red and green that are taken from the colors used in the fabric’s design. The red color peeking in the back is the accent. Too add playfulness, the fabric edge is used for an inner pocket. It is lovely with a lined up multiple Statue of Liberty.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
When making the gusset, sew the bottom center first, then match the gusset edge and bag at the opening.
Decide on how you want to sew when turning the corners and cut a slit on the gusset. This way, you can align it in the first attempt without fail.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It looks perfect with a pair of jeans. With ample gusset and large outer pockets, it serves well for people with big luggage.
KF: Thank you very much, Kanae! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!