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Overnight Bag from Stash
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Date: 10/1/12 6:16 PM

I saw a beautiful Overnight Bag, but it was $225!

Fully aware that the total cost of all things I might put in an overnight bag does not approach $225, I knew such a purchase was not a consideration.

So off to The Stash for fabric, zippers, batting, notions and the Destashification Overnighter was created:


Total cost was less than $15 as I had to purchase the blue strapping for the handles.

More detail and the original bags at The Destashification Project

Now what can I spend the $210 I saved on?????

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Date: 10/2/12 4:21 AM

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Now what can I spend the $210 I saved on?????

susandf, I think we all know what to spend the rest of that $210 on... fabric fabric and more fabric!

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Date: 10/2/12 4:42 AM

Beautiful~
How did you get the bottom to be so sturdy? When making weekender bags for Christmas gifts I used heavy interfacing but the bottom did not stay sturdy very long I guess. What did you use? ............. I like yours was it difficult to sew the thick handle to the bag? ............ Thank you for posting! ....

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Date: 10/2/12 6:20 AM

What a lovely bag! And you created your own pattern?? Impressive!

Edit: And I enjoyed checking out your blog.
-- Edited on 10/2/12 6:31 AM --

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Date: 10/3/12 0:02 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. They are greatly appreciated.

To make the base as sturdy as possible, I put a double layer of Trimtex in a "sleeve" created by the not-quite-ultra-suede base and its lining.

When I wanted a bag to have a very sturdy base - like these grocery getter bags - I cut plexiglass to fit
However, plexiglass is not forgiving and may break. I would worry about it cracking when being "placed" into an already crowded overhead airplane bin.

The handles I used on most bags have two layers. For the Overnighter, the wider layer is a green twill tape and the upper layer is the blue webbing or strapping. I sewed them together and then sewed the outer layer (the green) to the bag, reinforcing across both layers in a few places. Sewing through the bag fabric, the double pockets, the twill tape and originally the Trimtex taxed my machine, but after I replaced the needle, it sewed through all the layers fine!

Again, many thanks!

More on the grocery-getter bags at: Destashification Project

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Date: 10/3/12 2:01 AM

you make the most gorgeous bags

Janine

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Date: 10/3/12 3:06 AM

Nice bag! Can I chip in with what I have found handy to add firmness to the bottom of bags? I had a roll of the stuff you lay under wood flooring left over, which is a thin layer of a dense foam with a layer of a plastic on one side. I have used this and its ok. (on a tangent I have some of it cut to my cutting table size for using a tracing wheel to mark through patterns too.)
More on the DIY store possibilities, it occurs to me that the very dense foam used in building insulation would also make good flat bag bases.

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Date: 10/3/12 1:20 PM

I've had good results with using plastic canvas mesh as an insert. And, marine grade plywood scraps, it is extremely stable since there are no voids.

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Date: 10/3/12 4:24 PM

WOW! Just love the bag. Enjoyed reading your blog. I lived in Prescott AZ for 6 years and appreciate the climate clothing issues. have fun in Manhattan. Your outfits will work beautifully. Love the cardigan too. you are so very talented.

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Date: 10/16/12 1:44 PM

The over night bag and the grocery bags are absolutely BRILLIANT! I love the colors!

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