Travel Tote

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!


1. Inner pocket utilizing the fabric edge.
Place the fabric edge with the design upside down. With the front sides facing each other, sew three sides with outer fabric with 1cm seam. Cut off the seam on bottom corners diagonally.

Turn it over and align the shape using an iron. Run stitches in yellow thread at 2cm from the top edge.

Attach the inner pocket on the bag lining fabric. Repeat the stitches three or four times at the start and at the end.
※The yellow section uses yellow thread for the top thread.

4. Sew the gusset.
Sew two short ends of the gusset to make a long piece. Align the bottom center and gusset center. Sew from ★ to ★. (Apply back stitches at the beginning and end.) When resuming the stitches, place the needle at the end of the last stitch line and then start.

Cut a 7mm slit at the end of the gusset. Move on to the next side.

Gusset is sewn. Leave an opening for turning for about 8cm on the lining bag.

7. Two-color handle
With the front sides facing each other, sew together one side of the long end of the red and green fabrics with 1cm seam.

Open it up and adhere fusible quilt batting on one side. Fold the other long end of the red and green fabric for 1cm and iron to crease.

Align the folded edge of the red and green fabrics. Hold with clips (or with marking pins). Run stitches at 5mm from the edge. Repeat the process on the other long end. Make sure that the fabric on the bottom side is sewn together. Use red and green threads for top and bobbin threads so that the colors blend in.

Baste the handle on the outer bag. Cover it with the lining bag.

Align the gusset and pin them together. Sew around the opening with 1cm seam. Turn it inside out and iron to crease. Sew around the opening at 5mm from the top edge. Attach the magnetic hook. Close the opening for turning to finish!

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)