Day 4 - Duffle Bag SAL

Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along pattern and video tutorial

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Welcome to Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of the Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along! I am so excited you're here, my friend.

But let's dive right in. 

Today we are making the pockets and handles of your duffle. Super easy and straight forward. 

And of course - if you've chosen on day 1 to skip pockets and handles, you can give today a miss and join me tomorrow again.


Now. Before diving right into it. Here's the schedule again.

Super quick turnaround. And today is no exception. Again, if you like to make a super plain duffle without pockets and handles - skip today and I'll see you tomorrow for the final assembly.

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 4 - Video

And here's the video for Day 4 of the Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along. Tab on the image below to play the video!

Easy Duffle Bag Sew Along on YouTube

Today I am showing you how I create a set of pockets and handles. No rocket science, I promise. 


Very similar to the pockets on the popular Wee Braw Bag - we are making pockets and finish them on top using "faux-piping". A term I came up with many years ago...  it's super easy. Promise!

We are using your lining and seam allowance to create the effect of piping. But it's so much easier than it sounds. Just have a look at the video on YouTube (and of course - check out the pattern on page 7 and 8). 

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And here a list with all the materials you'll need today. Again only things you already have at home.

Fabric. I am using a mix of my favourite, small scraps for my handles. Mostly prints by by RSS for Moda. Blenders. Solids. And some prints by Heather Ross. And then a couple larger cuts for the pockets and lining

Thread. I am using Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching along the edges of my pockets and handles.

Basic quilty notions. And finally, some quilty notions will come in handy. Today I am using rotary cutter, cutting mat and large ruler. Also a marker, binding clips and this cute little square ruler (always a treat to use it). But again... you probably have all of those already.

Big picture

And 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 for the fun bit!! Please feel free to share your finished pockets and handles over on Instagram (or Facebook) using the #easydufflebag. I can't wait to see what you came up with.  

And thats's a wrap for day 4. You done it! Tomorrow we are assembling your duffle. And trust me - it's so much easier than you might think. No pesky binding to install on the inside and I won't ask you sew in your lining by hand either. Everything will come together magically (and easily).

Hope you have the best day,

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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