My Retro Travel Bag Sewing Class!

Travel Bag Sewing Pattern


Hey there I’m in Vegas! I’m teaching this week at Riley Blake’s Fabric Fest.  I am so excited that the event is finally here. I’ve been planning out the details of my class all summer.

Part of planning out my class was making a few new Retro Travel bags to use as classroom examples. While I was sewing them I thought of a few new modifications and enhancements.


Little details and things to make it sew up better. Plus a few new options for pockets and handle attachments.  I’ll be re-releasing the bag as a full PDF downloadable pattern this month!  I won’t take down the tutorial but if you’d like some additional options for the pattern or to have it in a format to print you’ll be able to just download it. Easy Peasy.  I’ll let you know when it shows up in my Pattern Shop.



For my class I made the bag out of Pink Chevron with a touch of lime green. I love the way it turned out.  So fun and summery!



So far I’ve had so much fun teaching my class and connecting and meeting some new people! The bag is a lot to make in one sitting, but I’m hoping mostly that all of my students leave learning a few new tips and sewing techniques. I really want them to leave and feel like they learned something not just sat and made a bag for a few hours.


Yesterday I also had the privilege of teaching a lecture on Finding your Signature Style with the girls from Simple Simon and & and Lindsay from the Cottage Mama.  I taught the section on finding creative inspiration and had so much fun researching the topic and pulling together my presentation.

Lindsay brought all of these AMAZING samples with her and I snapped this photo of this happy shadow on the presentation yesterday. I love the silhouette of the clothes!  (FYI, the graphic from my presentation is from Rhonna Designs)


I’ve also had a blast shopping in the GIANT fabric store they brought in and meeting some amazing people!  I’ve got 2 more classes to teach. Wish me luck!

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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    How exciting to be able to share your craft with other. And if your class is making those bags, they are in for a real treat! It is beautiful! I love the chevron stripe and in pink makes it even more special! Good luck and have fun!

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