Yes, I took my sewing machine on vacation. Why not?
The morning before we left, Michelle’s new pattern came out and I couldn’t wait to try it!
This bag is the perfect size. It can hold all my day-to-day stuff plus my stainless water bottle and my big camera.
I used fusible interfacing on both the outside and lining and sandwiched a piece of sew-in interfacing. I also added a layer of Peltex to the bottom, which I fused to the sew-in and then basted to the bottom. I struggled a little bit with the bottom, but I made it work. I will try it again and if it still doesn’t turn out right I can always just cut an oval for the bottom. I also added regular pockets and a zippered pocket on the inside and a key hook. Overall, this bag really went together quickly. The most time consuming part was cutting and fusing. (Don’t you love the sailboat ironing board cover? Too funny!)
See the whole set on Flickr!
This is super cute! I know what you mean about the cutting and fusing – my least favorite parts and they come first. Once I get to the sewing part it just flies together.
So good to read you took your sewing machine with you!!! I’m planning to take mine on vacation as well but my dad doesn’t like the idea at all. I’ll show him your post to show that I’m not the only one who likes to sew on vacation.
Best wishes from Germany
Thanks Lindsay! I keep saying I need to find some projects that don’t require so much cutting and fusing, but I feel like I’m skimping if I don’t use enough interfacing and cutting accurately is just as important as sewing accurately (maybe more important…) so I usually just do it while watching a movie or something :) I do need to learn to cut out multiple projects at the same time because I think that would save time.
Kathrin – We had a couple things going for us: 1 – we were driving and we had room and 2 – my mom had an iron and ironing board at the cabin, so I didn’t need to take that.
I definitely took way too much fabric. By the time we settled in, unpacked and did the touristy stuff I really only has 2 days to sew (of our 6 days there) My husband brought his laptop and worked, but I knew internet coverage would be non-existant and I didn’t want to spend money shopping, plus sewing is relaxing for me anyway so it worked out great. I think I planned 4 projects and just finished this one, so if you take your sewing machine, just take a project or two to work on! Have fun!
Such a cute bag. This is my new favorite fabric. Only used it on my peasant dresses. Never tried it on a purse. Great idea.
Yours is very nice, I like your fabrics