Duffel bag – does this count as quilting too??

When I was in North Carolina a month ago my niece asked if I would make her a duffel from Simplicity Pattern #2600. It calls for pre-quilted fabric. Why is it the only pre-quilted fabric you can find is for babies? So, she picked out the fabrics she liked and I quilted the fabric myself! Does that count as a quilting project?

Michael Miller duffle bag fabric 1

Michael Miller duffle bag fabric 2

Quite the busy fabrics, eh? I thought so too. But once I got it sewn together, they really complimented each other well!

Simplicity 2600 Duffle bag

This bag is HUGE! I put in 6 beach towels just to fill it out while taking the picture and still had room left. It wasn’t too difficult, although the seams would have been very thick when it came to sewing two layers of the quilted fabric, the piping and the binding covering the seams on the inside of the bag. I decided not to do the seam bindings on the inside and went with serging those seams instead. I did pre-wash the fabrics. I want her to be able to wash it seeing as how the contrast fabric is pretty light.

I also had this pattern (it’s free!) for a prism cosmetic bag that I’ve been wanting to try. Incredibly easy!

Triangle cosmetic bag

Stitched it up in about a half-hour. I think I’ll re-draft it to make the bag bigger. It’s more of a jewelry bag than cosmetic bag at this size (about 7″ wide). I don’t wear make-up, but would like to fit more than travel-sized tubes in it. The directions to draft the pattern were very, very simple. Great pattern! What do you think?!

Wow that looks GREAT! I love how that bag turned out! I think I like it even better than the last one you did! I was kind of worried when I first saw the fabrics your niece picked out, but I guess she knew best! And that cosmetics bag is perfect – it looks like you bought it at the department store. If I didn’t know better… lol! – Peggi

5 thoughts on “Duffel bag – does this count as quilting too??

  1. I love this cosmetic bag I need to make it just what I’ve been looking for I would choose another pattern that would match my purse.

  2. The bag you made is beautiful! Did you modify the pattern, in terms of the size? Or is that the original pattern? Also, did you add pockets to the side of the bag? Nice idea!

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