I’ve been itching to make the StudioCherie, Travel Duffle for a while. After trekking through my Amy Butler, Weekender Bag experience, I was curious as to how easily the Travel Duffle went together.
I knew I had the perfect opportunity to make one when my swap partner was wanting either the Duffle bag or the Weekender. Since I had already made the Weekender, what better time than to make the Duffle?
Most of the Duffles I had seen previously were made from one to two exterior fabrics. I loved the scrappiness of my Weekender so I decided to give it a go. I still followed some of the suggestions that Elizabeth Hartman in regards to making the Weekender, with cotton duck & batting. Although I didn’t use the quilt as you go method on the Duffle as I did on the Weekender, you very easily could.
I used a 16″ piece of solid black cotton canvas for the bottom of the bag for added durability & to save my focus fabrics for the visual parts of the bag.
The pattern calls for one exterior side pocket & one exterior end pocket, with a zipper. I wanted a unique exterior side pocket, so I made a 5″ wonky, scrappy star. I also added a simple pocket on the inside of the bag for added storage during travel.
I quilted the Duffle with simple straight line quilting, vertically, which enforces the bag’s shape.
In her pattern, Cherie gives you the option of using one solid “quilt” for the main part of the bag, or two. I chose to keep it simple & use the one “quilt option. I think the best part about this bag is how relatively quick & easy it is to put together. Although I love my Weekender bag & will likely make more, I highly recommend the Duffle bag as a contender!! I also found that the Duffle bag is an easier pattern for beginners & less bag friendly people (like myself)!
So! In short, if you’re considering making the Weekender bag, but you’re hesitant, you might try making the Duffle bag first! It’s slightly bigger than the Weekender & has wonderful space! I’m definitely going to have to make another one to keep for myself, to go along with my Weekender bag, for travels!!