Day 2 - Duffle Bag SAL

Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along

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Welcome to Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Easy Duffle Sew Along! I am so excited to have you join me, my friend!

Today we are piecing the outside, patchwork panels of your duffle. Making your duffle super unique. Very much YOU

But of course - if you've chosen yesterday to make a whole cloth duffle, you can skip today and join me tomorrow again.


Now. Before diving right into it. Here's the schedule for the next days.

  • Day 1 - material pull
  • Day 2 - piecing the outside (today)
  • Day 3 - quilting the duffle
  • Day 4 - handles and pockets
  • Day 5 - assembly
  • Day 6 - shoulder strap

Super quick turnaround. I would say it will take you about an hour a day each day of the Sew Along. Today maybe a little longer though. Depending how detailed/ small your pieces are but of course, you can also make a whole cloth duffle and skip this day altogether. 

If you feel you're falling a little behind. No worries. Don't feel pressured along. Catch up whenever you're ready. You are the one in charge!

Day 2 - Video

And here's the video for Day 2 of the Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along. Tab on the image below to play the video!

Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along Day 2 on YouTube

Today I am showing you how I piece my economy blocks (using my free foundation paper piecing templates). And them I'm framing my blocks using my scrappy, improv technique (that you can find here in detail).


If you've also decided to go all in and create some patchwork panels - you rock, my friend! And I love you even more.

You're totally in the right place.

And of course - if you're new to patchwork or want to refresh your patchwork skills - please check out my designated blog post on how to turn your scraps into gorgeous, improv patchwork panels and this blog post on FPP.
Got you all covered, my friend. And I'm super excited you've made the choice creating a patchwork duffle. 
Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along - FPP economy blocksEasy Duffle Bag Sew Along

And after a whole lot of piecing - you get to decide the layout of your panels. Just place it all in front of you and move the pieces around until you're happy with it. I am changing out a couple of the larger prints - but I am pretty happy with my inital layout (you can find me doing this in the sewing vlog on YouTube).


And here a list with all the materials you'll need today. Only things you probably have on hand already.

Fabric. I am using a mix of my favourite, small scraps. Loads of smaller prints by RSS for Moda. Blenders. Solids. And some prints by Heather Ross. And then a couple larger cuts to piece the improv panel around my economy blocks. But again, no need to buy anything new.

Thread. I am using Aurifil 50wt for piecing and construction. A strong thread weight and it won't be visible later on. But of course... you can whatever thread you have on hand.

Basic quilty notions. And finally, some quilty notions will come in handy. Today I am using my long ruler a lot, cutting mat and rotary cutter. But again... you probably have all of those already.

FPP templates. Get your free templates for the economy blocks right here.

Easy Duffle Blog Sew Along - FPP economy block templates

Big picture

And of course, if you like to sew the Easy Duffle in one go and need a little more visual help - watch the full video tutorial right here. Rather than me breaking it down into small quilty vlog chunks.

The video tutorial in combination with the pattern will walk you through every step of the process. Quick and efficient. If that's for you.

Share your progress!

And now the fun bit! Wahoooo! Please share your pieced, patchwork panels over on Instagram (or Facebook) using the #easydufflebag. I can't wait to see yours... Y-A-Y!

And thats's a wrap for day 2. You done it! Tomorrow we are machine quilting the panels of your duffle bag. Probably the most relaxing step of them all.

I hug your face,

Laura x 

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“This duffle MIGHT, quite literally be THE single cutest think I have EVER made.”

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The Easy Duffle is fully lined with no raw edges and no binding (yes, you've heard that right) to finish your Easy Duffle. And don't panic - I won't ask you to sew your lining in by hand either. It's all done by machine and it's ohh so quick.

Level: beginner friendly!


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