Wednesday, February 17, 2010

frilly unmentionables bag


My friend Kristyn had a lingerie shower this past weekend and I decided to make her a travel bag to go with the hardly-wearables I was giving her. My mom made me a similar bag when I got married, and it has come in very handy to protect my filmy and snag-able items from wear and tear inside the suitcase.

The fabric I used was a decor weight Jade Somerset I have had for a while. What is it with me and paisley lately?


It is very simple to make, but it took a couple tries to get the closure right. I thought at first I'd make it a drawstring bag and I had it gathered round the top with a really pretty black and white grosgrain ribbon, but discovered that it would not cinch closed because the fabric was too bulky. Oops. So I cut off the the drawstring tube and sewed in a zipper instead. Not as attractive maybe, but easier to use. Done.


If you are interested in making one, it is basically two 14 inch x 18 inch rectangles sewn right sides together with one short side left open for the zipper, then turned. I made a silky lining that was the same size, dropped it inside the bag wrong sides facing, and basted it around the top. Then I folded over the edges and sewed in the zipper.

13 comments:

  1. wonderful idea. I used an old fashion suitcase on my honeymoon. Loving this though and may have to put it to use for my new sister-in-law.

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  2. I bet she loved it. I would say I need one for myself, but I don't think I'll be vacationing alone with hubby anytime soon. :)

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  3. That fabric is gorgeous!!! and what a fabulous idea!!!

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  4. Amazingly cute! Awesome idea for all unmentionables while traveling!

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  5. I love that paisley. So pretty, and such a good idea! I think I might just make one of these for myself :o)

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  6. Such a great idea! I love the silky lining. I am going to make a few of these for upcoming brides.
    BTW - I LOVE Paisley and that is a beauty.

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  7. Great idea! I could have used one of those about 10 or so years ago... ;)

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  8. Robyn, I KNOW you are not hinting that I was remiss in my duty.

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  9. Love your site! My babies crib set is made from this fabric (not by me) and I LOVE it!

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  10. That is wonderful...I love the idea and fabric!

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