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Travel Project Bag

When I crochet on the train I find its useful to have a little stash away bag to sit in the top of my work bag. This bag means I don’t have to pack everything up when I swap trains and busses. The bag sits over my arm to enable me to crochet, even when I don’t have a seat.

In today’s post I am sharing a quick and easy sewing pattern to make your own lined travel bag. This bag can also be used as a re-usable shopping bag! This travel bag measures approximately 16″ wide and 8″ deep. The handles are approximately 16″ in length.


What you need:

  • 2x 16.25″x16.25″ squares of cotton based material.
  • 2x 2.5″x16.25″ strips of cotton based material.
  • 1x snap lock set (optional)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread.

How to make

  1. Cut material into correct size.
  2. using the thin rectangle strip, place the wrong sides of two material strips together (right side showing) and mark out a 0.25″ seam allowance with the raw edges pinned together. Iorn flat, Sew a straight line 0.25″ in from each edge, shown in purple. Trim loose ends. This is the handle.
  3. Repeat step 2 with the other rectangle strip.
  4. Place the right sides of the material together. Fold the handle into a “U”. this will go in-between the right sides of the material. Each end should be placed 3.25″ from the edge of the side. Pin in place.
  5. Repeat on the opposite edge of the square. Pin the right sides together. Mark out a 0.25″ seam allowance.
  6. Sew a seam along each of the sides. On one edge leave 2″ un sewn to turn inside out. .
  7. Turn inside out, and sew remaining 2″ by hand.
  8. You will now need to choose an inside and outside of the bag. Fold the square with handles in half. The inside of the bag should be on the outside for now. Iorn flat and pin a 0.25″ seam allowance on the two sides of the bag.
  9. Sew each side, and turn inside out. The bag is now done.
  10. If desired attach snap lock clasps.

Your bag is now done! If you want a deeper bag you can increase the size of one side of the square, turning it into a rectangle. Make sure that you attach the handles to the 16″ side if you do this.


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