I'm making really good progress on my duffle bag project and I'm super happy with how it is coming together. As usual with me + bags, I'm taking it pretty slowly and carefully as I find bags to be a lot less forgiving than quilts. Once again, the pattern I'm using is the Carry-on Travel Duffle by Studio Cherie. I'm making modifications, but I'll mention those more specifically once the project is complete. (Note: I have the pdf version of this pattern, as well as the Simplicity version of Studio Cherie's larger duffle, and I can highly recommend the pdf. The directions are much clearer, and at least in this new carry-on size duffle pattern, there are a few more details that make for a much nicer finished project. Plus no pattern pieces at all, with measurements for all pieces given so the whole project can be rotary cut.)
Here we have one zippered pocket end panel, one magazine pocket end panel, and two side pockets. Seeing these individual parts come together has really made me feel very good about my fabric choices. I am absolutely loving the orange! I wasn't sure at first because it is really quite bright, but now I'm enjoying it so much that I'm adding some in as many places as possible. :)
This crazy strap took probably 4 hours to make (with some laundry, lunch, packing for son's camping trip, etc., thrown in here and there!). It is a 118" continuous loop, 2" wide, 4 layers of demin thick. Phew! The denim, by the way, is leftover from my Super Tote and was the perfect amount I needed for this. It looks blue-ish in the photo but it is actually more of a gray/black. The pattern called for 2" webbing which I could only find in white, so I decided to make my own strap instead. As you can see, I added some orange stitching here too! It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. Oh, and once again I used a 90/14 denim needle and had absolutely zero trouble stitching through the 4 layers, which in some places is more like 8 layers due to seam allowances. Amazing.
The main part of the bag is still remaining, which came first in the pattern instructions but I have left it to last, and hopefully soon I can show off my new bag.
Take care all.