Cafe Au Lait Travel Bag
Style and convenience are the main features of this “perfect for summer” vacation bag. A few changes to my Basic Purse make it extremely travel worthy. A little taller and wider than the Basic Purse, this one can pack in lots of items. While I rarely make a bag without exterior open pockets, this is an exception. Items stored on the face of the bag only invite pickpockets at busy airports, so two zippered pockets are the only outside storage here. But inside is an entirely different matter.
The interior walls of the bag are well organized leaving the center open for big bulky items. I’ve constructed my palm tree theme lining with pockets for all my needs: cell phone, lipstick, sunglasses, camera, airline tickets, brochures, etc. I even built in a pocket for my iPad. Limp pockets have been eliminated by adding multiple layers of interfacing to the top hem of all the pockets to make it easier to insert an item with one hand. Check out my Basic Purse organizer for pocket ideas so you can create the exact size pockets you need. A real convenience to this bag is the luggage sleeve which allows the bag to rest on your suitcase, not on your shoulder. With this bag you’re ready to travel!
Step 1 - Cut these pieces:
2 White tops 13.25” X 8.75” 2 Chestnut bottoms 13.25” X 7.75”
2 White straps 1.25” X 26” 2 Chestnut straps 1.25 X 26”
2 Chestnut sides 3.25” x 14.25” 1 Chestnut Luggage Sleeve 13.25” x 4.75”
1 Luggage Sleeve Interfacing 13.25” x 4” 2 Chestnut top Facings 15.25” x 3”
2 Cotton Lining 15.25” x 15.25” 2 Fleece padding 15.25” x 15.25”
2 Upper pockets 13.25” x 7.50” 2 Lower pockets 13.25” x 6.75” + interfacing
1 fabric covered thick cardboard 11.75” x 1.75”
Note: cut interfacing for all pockets and lining pieces.
All seams are standard 5/8”.
step 24 - Sew a simple cover for the cardboard piece using scrap fabric.
step 25 - Hand or machine stitch together the opening in the fleece. Hand sew the cardboard piece to the center bottom of the fleece. Sew the lining opening closed.
At Fabric Shop
- 1 yd fusible interfacing
- 1 yard cotton lining
- 3/4 yard fleece
- 2 gold zipper pulls
- floral rubber stamp
- sewing notions
- Scoth tape
- thick cardboard
- 3/4 yard tan vinyl
- 3/4 yard white vinyl
- two 9” tan zippers
- 4 gold studs
- 1 gold magnetic snap
- Sculpey Clay Hazelnut
- Judikins Diamond Glaze
- Beacon Dazzle Tac
- cookie cutter