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.

My new travel bag. Do you think the Mayans drank tequila?

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I love the way this bag turned out!  Probably because the fabric is just so amazing.  Made by Alexander Henry, it is called Contigo.  Apparently that means “with you” in Spanish.  I also looked up “me equivoque,” which means “I was wrong.”  So now I suppose I’ve got a carry-on offering apologies from the ancient Mayans.  I guess they felt the need to apologize to that woman who fainted from the excitement of becoming a human sacrifice.  Or something like that.  See the tequila bottle to the left of then agave plant?

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What a great pattern!  I used the Aragon Bag pattern by Sew Sweetness.  You can buy it here:  https://sewsweetness.com/shop/aragon-bag  I made a few modifications so it will work for me.  I left off the front pocket, since I didn’t want my handsome Mayan bisected with a flap.  Although I had no problem bisecting Our Lady with a zipper.

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I also made it two inches deeper, so hopefully I can cram enough in it for my weekend in Waikiki.  I put a sturdy layer in the bottom and attached six feet so it doesn’t get airport cooties on it in transit.

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Rustled up some charming little fellows for the interior.  I don’t think you can ever have too many zip pockets.

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Looking forward to field testing this next Friday.  Hopefully it will scare away some little kids in the airport.  Hmmm…I wonder what other cool things I could make with Contigo fabric?

Stay crafty, my friends.