I love my Vintage Picnic Traveling Tote. You may have seen me over-gramming about it on Instagram a few weeks back. It was so fun to make!
It’s no secret that I
hoard collect fabric. It’s no secret that I have a vault for my most favorite lines. (pictured below) It’s no secret that sometimes I forget what I already have. And it’s definitely no secret that if I don’t buy “that fabric” right now it will be gone FOREVER!! At least that’s what the fabric addiction neurons in my brain keep saying. But I digress.
My traveling bag, my “go-to-bag-with-all-the-right-pockets-holds-everything-I-need-for-traveling” bag had broken and I had to make a new one ASAP. And there was no question, once this fabric arrived, that it was the right one for this project. It was also the first fabric bundle I busted open so soon after it’s acquisition. Really.
It’s Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille. I loved the classic red and blues in this line, the gingham and dainty flowers, whose scale is not so dainty, made a perfect match.
I chose the darker bolder colors for the outside, since it will hide any wear and tear and smudges.
I had made these scrappy stars and wanted to incorporate them into the bag. The first design showcased four across the top of the bag.
But after sleeping on it and playing with the fabrics some more, I changed the design and fabrics several more times.
The inside would be in the lighter color ways of the line with a bit of Hello Darling thrown in. That divided pocket was a must, I kept the broken bag and use the size and inside as a sample. I know, no one can see the inside of these aqua dotted divided pockets, but I know it’s pretty in there!
Besides the beautiful colors, I was determined to make it with zippered outside pockets with the prettiest linings. These pockets turned out to be perfect for boarding passes, lipstick, my phone or dollars for tipping if necessary.
Above is the outer part of the bag. I sewed and quilted it all in this chartreuse green #1231 thread by Aurifil. There is a crazy method to quilting a bag with divided inner pockets and zippered outside pockets.
I am still perfecting the zipper tab but it works!
I know there are so many bag patterns out there, but this one is so pretty and practical, I’ll be making a pattern for it, and revealing my crazy methods, for the handful that want to make it. Sign up for my newsletter for the heads up on the pattern.
If you want to save your fabric for this pattern, you’ll need:
1/2 Yard main blue
1 FQ side panels
4-6 FQs for outer pockets, pocket linings and inner pockets
1 yard inner lining
1 FE for sashing (gingham)
Scraps to make four star blocks (4″ finished)
(1) 18-20 inch zipper, (I prefer larger so I can trim)
(2) 9 inch zippers
1 square yard of
Accents or details you may want to add.
The finished size of the Traveling Tote is 14 inches high, 16 inches wide at the top, 11 inches wide at the bottom and 6 inches deep. I still love my bag!
And here it is in action! It really is great for travel! I hope you wanna make one!