Bag making is always so much fun! Especially because it doesn’t have to fit anybody! Usually I draft my own bag patterns but when I came across this pattern it was just too perfect to pass up.
This is the Brooklyn Traveler pattern by Swoon Sewing Patterns. I was so glad I bought this pattern, I really learned a lot about how to give bags structure using various interfacings. It’s just the best when a pattern isn’t just awesome but also teaches you new techniques! I really didn’t change much, other than the widths of some of the leather bits to accommodate my different sized hardware. There isn’t much choice for hardware here so you pretty much take whatever size you can get and adapt the pattern to fit. That being said this one store I go to for hardware in Toronto is really pretty good (Leather and Sewing Supply Depot), and the Riri zippers just make all the difference in a bag. I also opted for a more solid bottom, so instead of layering interfacing as they called for, I added a plastic panel in the lining that served as a more stable base. I topstitched everything in silk topstitching thread and I lined the bag in a medium weight twill, I like to have a really sturdy lining. I also added a patch pocket to the lining, which I trimmed in leather. The main fabric is a sort of heavy brushed wool I got from Kings Textiles in Toronto.
My mom had been talking for years now how she would like a new small travel bag and since she packs up and goes to the cottage almost every weekend of the spring and summer, she really needed one. I know my mom will love it and use it for many, many years (or the rest of her life as she would say). I made this a few weeks ago, and I could barely wait until Canada day to give it to her! This bag was no quick project, it probably took me about a week and a half. And it took a ton of supplies, like the fabric and lining, all the hardware, the leather and all the interfacings. But wow did it ever make an amazing bag! I honestly couldn’t stop admiring it, I was so amazed how well it turned out.
I also made a matching cosmetics bag. I used the Bionic Gear Bag pattern for it and I quilted the leather with some batting and the same silk topstitching thread. I really loved this one too, it was fun to make with all the pockets. It ended up quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be, so it pretty much takes up the whole traveler if you were to put it inside! But it’s still pretty awesome, and maybe she can just hang it off the shoulder strap of the bag. I think I might have to make myself one of these bags!
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! And a Happy Happy Birthday to my Mommy!❤️