Episodes 803

Ashley Briggs

Do The Duffle by Ashley Briggs, courtesy of American & Efird

Bright fabrics add flair to a spacious duffel bag that's ideal for overnight or weekend excursions. Numerous zippered pockets inside and out keep your necessities well organized.

Supplies

1 1/2 yard each of 60"-wide print cotton fabric & solid color cotton fabric (lining)

Matching all-purpose thread (See "Source.")

Zippers: 26" separating, 9" invisible & 9" standard (See "Source.")

Removable fabric marker

Hand sewing needle

10"x21" rectangle of heavyweight fusible interfacing (optional)

Prep It

Download the Do the Duffle pattern HERE; cut out. For help printing large patterns from your home computer, click here.

From the print cotton fabric, cut one base, two front and back panels, two sides, two upper panels and two handles.

From the lining fabric, cut one base, two front and back panels, two sides, two upper panels, two handles, four pockets and four tabs.

Sew It

Use 1/2" seam allowances.

Set the machine to a 4mm straight stitch. With right sides together, align two pocket rectangles. Stitch one long edge, leaving a long thread tail at the end. Press open the seam.

Center the invisible zipper right side down over the pocket-seam wrong side; pin. Using a zipper foot, stitch close to the teeth along each zipper tape. Remove the basting stitches.

Open the zipper 3". With right sides together, align the pocket sides. Align one pocket lower edge 1" above the other. Stitch the sides and lower edge; press open the seams. Turn the pocket right side out through the zipper (1; how-to images to come).

Center the zipper pocket over one lining-front panel right side 3" from the upper edge; pin (2). Edgestitch the perimeter.

Place the outer-fabric front panel right side up. Draw a centered 10" line 3" from the upper edge. Draw a second line 1/2" below the first. Mark the upper line as the cutting line and the lower line as the stitching line.

With right sides together, center the standard zipper along one pocket-rectangle long edge. Using a zipper foot, stitch close to the zipper teeth. Repeat to attach the opposite zipper tape side to the remaining pocket rectangle. Press the seams toward the pockets.

With right sides together, align the upper zipper tape edge with the stitching line; pin (3). Stitch over the stitching line, just above the zipper tape edge. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut along the cutting line.

Push both pocket pieces through the opening, leaving the zipper and 1/2" of fabric on either side exposed; press.

Edgestitch the pocket upper fold (4).

With wrong sides together, stitch the pocket sides and lower edge. Trim the pocket lower edges even.

Align two tabs with right sides together. Stitch the perimeter, leaving a centered 1" opening for turning. Clip the corners, and then turn the tab right side out, folding the opening seam allowances 1/2" toward the wrong side; press. Repeat to construct the remaining tab.

On the bag front, center one tab over each pocket-zipper end, covering the raw edges; pin. Edgestitch each tab perimeter (6).

Trim the 26" zipper to 20 1/2", trimming from the zipper end. With right sides together, align one zipper straight edge with one outer-fabric upper-panel long edge. Align the trimmed zipper edge with the fabric raw edge and the remaining zipper end 1/2" from the edge; pin. Using a zipper foot, stitch close to the zipper teeth.

Repeat to attach the opposite zipper tape to the remaining upper panel. Press the seams toward the upper panels.

Repeat to attach the remaining upper panel to the back panel.

With right sides together, align one bag strap with one lining strap. Stitch each long edge, leaving the short edges open for turning. Turn the strap right side out; press. Repeat to stitch the remaining strap.

With the lining fabric side up, align one strap end with the outer-front lower edge and the strap long edge with the tab edge; pin (7).

Repeat for the opposite strap end, ensuring the strap isn't twisted.

Select a blanket stitch on the machine. Edgestitch each strap long edge, beginning at the lower edge and ending at the front/upper panel seam.

Repeat to attach the remaining strap to the back, ensuring the straps are the same distance from the outer raw edges as on the front.

With right sides together, align one outer-side panel with each outer-base short end; pin. Stitch the sides to the base, beginning and ending stitching 1/2" from each edge; press the seams toward the base (8).

With right sides together, align one outer-fabric upper panel with each front and back upper edge; pin. Stitch, beginning and ending 1/2" from each edge; press the seams toward the front and back.

With right sides together, align the front long raw edge with one base long edge; pin. Stitch, beginning and ending 1/2" from each edge; press the seams toward the base. Repeat to attach the back to the opposite base long edge.

With right sides together, align each side panel edge with the front and back short edges; pin. Stitching, beginning and ending 1/2" from each edge; press open the seams (9).

Repeat to construct the lining.

Turn the outer bag wrong side out. With right sides together, insert the lining into the outer bag, matching all seams, corners and edges. Align the side-panel upper edges; pin.

Align the upper-panel short edges; pin. Beginning along the upper-panel, stitch along the pinned edges, beginning and ending 1/2" from each zipper and pivoting at the upper/side panel corner (10).

Repeat to stitch the opposite side, and then turn the bag right side out.

If adding stiff interfacing to the bag base, insert the rectangle between and the bag lining. If needed, hand tack the interfacing to the base at the corners to secure.

Finish It

Fold each lining upper-panel raw edge 1/2" toward the wrong side. Align the folded edge with the zipper tape wrong side next to the zipper teeth; pin.

With the outer bag facing up, topstitch each upper panel 1/8" from the edge, catching the lining fold in the stitching. Press the stitched sides and upper edges.

Using a hand sewing needle, tack the lining and outer-bag lower corners together.

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