Bag Making Weekend : Nov 2022

Bag Making Weekend – 12th – 13th November, original pattern and lots of fun included.


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Who is up for a weekend of sewing in November?

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th  of November, I am running a two-day Zoom Workshop making the Grainline Portside Travel Set, a weekend travel bag set.

The Portside Travel Set comprises a weekend bag (20” x 11” x 12”), a smaller devices or toiletries bag (9” x 4” 6 ¼”) and a travel wallet 9” x 7 ½”.  I originally made this set in 2018 for a family trip to New York. Since then, these bags have been all over Europe and the UK. They are sturdy, durable, and look great. It is terrific to customise your bag with a fabric of your choice. You will never lose your luggage again!

The weekend bag has two carry hands and a removable strap so the bag can be hung over a shoulder. The small bag has been ideal for cables and chargers but would be equally suitable for toiletries (or sewing supplies!), and the travel wallet is great for documents, a book, a kindle or stationery.

To see what others have created with this pattern, I created a Portside Travel Set Pinterest Board to share with you.

What You Will Need

2.4m outer fabric, 1.7m lining fabric, 2.6m of 60cm fusible interfacing, four zips & webbing, 0.75m mesh (optional interior mesh pockets in a weekend bag), internal zip for the weekend bag (optional)

The fabric used could be home décor, canvas or a cotton twill fabric, or it could be your favourite quilting weight cotton.

You will also need (4) 1 ¼” D Rings and (2) 3” swivel bolt snaps – which I can provide.

Sadly this pattern is no longer in hard copy print so I will buy the required number of PDF copies and  A0 patterns created and posted to each participant at the end of September.

You will receive a complete requirements list after booking.

Prep Call in October

On October 4th at 7 pm, I will hold a prep call to ensure everybody knows what they need and answer all questions. On this call, we can also discuss your options for interfacing, which will depend on how structured you want the bags to be. This call will be available on replay.

 You will need to cut the pattern, fabrics and interfacing out ahead of the weekend.

12th -13th November Weekend Plans

The weekend will be relaxed and fun. I will teach from 10 am – 3 pm, but the sewing-together time will extend to 5 pm on Saturday. We will focus on the weekend bag on Saturday and Sunday on the smaller bag. The session on Sunday will run from 10 am-3 pm. A short video will be available for the wallet construction just in case we don’t make it that far.

It’s always fun to sew and laugh together …. Who is in? I am limiting this to a set number of places. To provide the patterns for the meeting n, 4th October bookings are open from 1st September to 25th September.

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