Today I’m excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on for a long time! A video sewing tutorial series featuring my Retro Travel Bag! It’s the next best thing to me coming to your home to help you while you sew the pattern. Keep reading to find out a bit more about the project.
Several years ago I got the idea to make a Retro inspired travel bag. I had seen some cute Pan Am bags in a store and thought they would be great to use as a jumping off point for a bag pattern. I made the bag and posted it on the Riley Blake website and it totally took off! I had no idea it would do so well. In the years since that first bag tutorial, I’ve gone through and completely re-thought how to construct the bag (all while keeping its initial charm). I changed the construction enough that I actually took down the tutorial to avoid confusion for anyone who was making the pattern.
Last year Riley Blake approached me about teaching an online sewing class and asked if I had any thoughts as to what would make a good project for a video series. I immediately thought of the travel bag. It’s an intermediate sewing pattern and I understand how it can be intimidating to someone who’s somewhat new to sewing. I mean the bag has LOTS of piping and TWO zippers *gasp*! The video tutorial format seemed perfect for this bag. That way I could walk you through step by step each part of making the bag.
In the class I share:
-LOADS of sewing tips and tricks for working with piping, zippers, and even laminate fabrics.
-How to make your own piping.
-How to put in an inset zipper
-Design suggestions to help you pick out fabric for your own bag.
-How to attach 3 different types of handles for the bag; fabric, leather and pre-made bamboo.
-How to work with interfacing. (I also explain why I like work with each type of interfacing)
-Working with bias tape.
As you can see from the list above, I really tried to think of EVERYTHING you’d want to know while you make your bag.
I’m really excited to announce that the class is live now, on Riley Blake’s new tutorial channel Imagine!
UPDATE!!! Imagine with Riley Blake is being transitioned to YouTube. You can watch the Riley Blake YouTube page for the videos from this bag to be posted. I will update as soon as they are up on YouTube.
You can also find online classes from some of your favorite people on topics from quilting to clothing construction.
There is a kit available too if you’d like to make a travel bag that is exactly like the one in the video.
The bag shown is made using my Wonderland Two fabric line, to find out more about the line CLICK HERE. – The mini quilts in the photos above are “coming soon” … just keep an eye out for them.
Here are a few other photos of the Retro Travel bag to give you a good idea of how it looks stitched up in different fabrics: