Lots of you have asked for a purse sized version for the Daytripper. I think this is a really great size!
There aren’t many modifications, so you should be able to make this without making the big version first. :)
Finished size: Approx. 13″ x 9″ x 3″
You can get away with 14″ zips and less fabric (one yard of each).
Print the pattern pieces at 85% (click to enlarge):
Slice 1/4″ off one end of the 85% Zipper Gusset (Piece H):
If you don’t want an adjustable strap, cut the strap 6″ wide by 27″ long:
Slice the back piece 2.25″ down (follow the rest of the instructions):
Cut the zipper gusset to 3″ wide instead of 3.5″
I offset the pen pocket in the middle the same way as the big one. The first line of stitching is 5″ from the left instead of 6″.
Clover Wonder Quilt Clips
Everyone has been telling me to try out these Clover Wonder Quilt Clips. I checked the last few times I was at the fabric store and didn’t see them, so I put them in my Amazon shopping cart for later. Anyway, I popped onto Amazon one day and it said the price had been lowered to $13.60. Um, sold! They are back up to $18ish now but I hear that’s still a good deal. Anyway, they are flat on the bottom and work really well for clipping the bulky layers together. I still like my crazy “just wing it” technique that i explain in the pattern, but this is a close second! :D
A few of you have said that you wished the pockets had more interfacing. That’s fine! I almost always add more interfacing than a pattern calls for. But, I also remember having a very basic machine that couldn’t sew through 8 layers even with a denim needle. I’ve made a dozen versions of this bag, using every different kind of interfacing I could find. One of the main things I want to do with my patterns is teach you how to make something and have it be a success and not a frustration that you give up on. I eliminated as much interfacing as I could while still allowing the bag to have a light structure. Feel free to add as much as your machine will allow. A good place to start is by adding a layer to the pocket linings. Patterns are guidelines (in my case, overly-detailed ones!) and interfacing is very much personal preference.
For example, I made the one blue one with Soft and Stable. It’s very stiff. It has a great look to it and sewed fine on my fancy machine, but it’s thick and very foam-y. If you like the not-crushable, stands up open and empty look, this is for you. I have used it for gadget cases that need to be padded and I think I prefer that use for it. The purple one stands up fine, too –>
For the purple one I used Pellon SF785 woven sew-in with the 988 batting instead of the Pellon 50 non-woven, just to try it. I love the feel of it because it’s not stiff or heavy but it has shape. I’ll be playing with this again – I like it and I’ll always choose a woven over a non-woven!
What do you think? Will you make a mini?
I’m loving my purple one. I think this will be my new every day purse for a while.