Portside duffel bag by Grainline. Jen designed a seriously cute and functional bag pattern that is perfect for a weekend getaway or a plane carryon. The pattern is designed with an advanced beginner in mind, but with a little patience I think anyone can tackle this pattern. I'm usually the queen of a million questions, but I was able to sew this bag no problem and with no confusion.
Another perk about the pattern is that it doesn't use crazy fancy hardware that is hard to source. Other than fabric, interfacing, and webbing the only things you will need are D-Rings and the swivel bolt snaps/hooks. My local fabric shop doesn't carry the most extensive selection of hardware and I could find everything I needed for this project easily.
I used a lightweight canvas for the leopard print portion of the bag (you might recognize it from my hoodie) and a twill for the pink part. The Twenties quilting cotton was hard to pass up, so I used that as a fun surprise as the lining. How can you look at it and not smile? See -----> :)
When I make another version (apparently I am making one for my husband, he told me so) I might use stiffer fabrics to hold the bags shape or use interfacing on the exterior pieces. My fabric choices work fine when the bag is stuffed full, but the bag doesn't look as great when it is empty. Pockets on the inside would also be a good addition.
The outside pockets are perfect for carrying books!
My bag has now been to three countries (United States, England, and France) and has been on trains (or the "tube," as the English say) and planes, so I feel confident in saying that it is my traveling sidekick. I don't want to leave home without it!
Shout out to LAX for the photo shoot location. Thanks, dudes. Taking photos is a great way to waste time during a four hour layover.