Meet my fabulous Glitz Blitz Travel bag! It involved successfully putting in a shockingly good-looking metal zipper and sewing with leather. Consider it true love.
It started a few weeks ago when the folks at Michael Miller emailed me wondering if I would be interested in receiving some of their Glitz fabric, making something and blogging about it. I almost fell out of my chair. Me? Of course I said yes. I was expecting to get a yard or so of fabric and was literally floored when a huge bag of fabric arrived the next day.
I’m really psyched about this fabric. And, not just because they flattered me. C’mon, It’s gold with pastel! Shiny, awesome gold highlights…on chevron and tiny-dot ombre as well as fantastic bold polka dots. What is not to love? It’s just really exciting. After much hemming and haw-ing (should I make a girly, ruffly dress for one of our little friends? Or a necktie for the boys in mint and gold?!) I decided to make a travel bag with the leather bottom. It’s the same leather I used to make my necklace. This glitz-y fabric was just begging to be paired with something neutral and quite honestly I wanted to make something for myself with this lovely stuff.
For Christmas I received a subscription to Creativebug, so I watched Betz White’s class on making a travel bag and used her pattern. I was a little worried that it would be hard to work with the leather but it wasn’t.
A couple of things I learned about leather: Always use a leather sewing needle and 100% polyester thread. You CAN iron leather, just use a good pressing cloth, never iron directly on the leather or it will leave a shiny mark and make you sad. You can even iron enough to adhere leather to interfacing, which was a delightful thing to discover. Just don’t ever forget that pressing cloth. I may need to raid the thrift shop of leather now.
I added an inside, elasticized pocket because it’s always nice to have extra pockets inside a glamourous travel bag.
I was very pleased I managed to align the stripes well around the beautiful zipper.
It’s hard to tell the size of the bag so I included one of me holding it. It’s a tiny thing, really, but just the right size for the very few fancy things I usually bring with me when I travel. I’m not really a makeup girl in normal life but you know when you travel sometimes there are special occasions.
I ended up making a second bag and I’m tempted to make a few more. It always amazes me how quickly a 2nd or 3rd item come together. Now that I know the joys of sewing with leather and gold, I’m feeling unstoppable. (Taps fingertips together in the universal symbol of evil villain-esse).