The tote board is heavy; travel bag total for January = 3

It’s done, it’s done, the backpack is done!

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It looks smashing with wet hair, pink leopard jammies, and oversized tee shirts.

The lining went in beautifully.  Big elasticized pocket at the back for flip flops, or my Kindle, or perhaps my tiara.  Zipper pocket at the front for my earrings and mustache wax.

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Guess what doesn’t fit in my backpack.  Besides my 20 pound cat.  It’s my laptop.  There’s a helluva how-do-you-do.

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Tippy was a big help today.  While I finished the backpack, he took care of some grooming issues.

My assignment for February = travel bag/backpack in which I can carry my laptop.  Obsessed much?

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Oops, I did it again. Travel bag number two.

I guess they’re kinda like potato chips…can’t stop at one.  I made another travel bag this weekend.

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My lovely sewing assistant Tippy is performing his quality control functions.  You can tell by the pictures that this bag is big enough to carry a 20 pound cat.  I don’t know about you, but that is always one of my considerations when I choose a travel bag.

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Thank you, Tippy.

The pattern for this bag is the Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead, and it’s free on the Robert Kaufman website.  http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/Cargo_Duffle/  I’ve been saving this fabric for just the right project.  It is Charley Harper fabric by Birch Organic Fabrics.

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I plan to use the front pockets for my phone, earbuds, boarding passes, etc.  I used nice, sturdy snaps so they won’t randomly unfurl my goodies at the airport.  No magnetic snap disasters in my future.

I added an elastic pocket on one end for a water bottle, easily accessible so I can surrender it at the security checkpoint.

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I just love the fat little cardinals on this thing.  Did you know that the cardinal is the state bird of Missour-uh?  (And six other states.)  I figure that is why I have always loved cardinals.  There are also squirrels on the two pockets.  That makes me think of my dad, sitting in a lawn chair in the back yard, BB gun across his lap.  Just waiting for those fluffy-tailed rats to come into his yard, daring them to try.

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Maybe this is the bag for my trip to Honolulu this weekend?  Ooh, there are choices.  First I have to name it.  Any ideas?

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Stay crafty, my friends.