I joined the Sew Sew Modern 3 Swap on Flickr at the beginning of summer and quickly got to work stalking my secret partner and making her gifts.
She said she really loved Heather Ross and would love a Travel Duffle Bag.
The timing could not have been any better. Briar Rose had just been released and I had already made two Travel Duffle bags, so I felt confident making one for this swap.
We were also supposed to either make or purchase a smaller item for our partner. I chose to make her a matching cosmetics case using Lindsey's fabulous tutorial on the Pellon Projects website.
I added a few extra items, including some of my homemade fig jam, thread, and a small notepad and sent these gifts off to Jackie in Colorado, where they were warmly received last week.
I made a few adjustments to these patterns.
I made the duffle a little larger than the large sized pattern and it turned out humongous. You could literally put a 7 year old child in this duffle bag! I also decided I wanted the inside to have a finished look, not the serger finished seams or the binding finish the pattern calls for, so I made a separate lining and then attached it at the zipper and in all the corners so it would not be loose inside. I also added the elastic pocket that Lindsey taught us at Sew South Retreat.
On the Cosmetics Case I used a laminated fabric from Kate Spain's Central Park line of fabrics on the inside. It coordinates with Briar Rose beautifully. This was in place of using the fusible vinyl...just because I didn't have enough and was too lazy to go to Joann's to get some more.
This matching travel set really turned out pretty and Jackie said it arrived just in time for their road trip next week. I like it when a plan comes together.
Now I will be watching out for my swap gift to arrive. I have my fingers crossed for a sewing machine cover. Whatever it is, I know it will be lovely. There is some serious talent in this swap group.