23 September, 2016

Travel Purses; Passport Wallet Finished

I've got another post planned on this trio of travel  purses with all the pattern info and my hacks in one place. For right now, it's getting mailed today up to dear daughter for her upcoming trip to Sweden and Finland.

I am still hiding from my photos as she will be visiting some of the relatives there as well as possibly one of my friends who is visiting ME tomorrow! 

The travel set consists of a messenger style bag, a coin purse, and a passport wallet.

The Messenger style bag is sewn without the flap but with a recessed zipper to keep items secure while in strange places. It also contains a zippered pocket inside for extra security. The two outside pockets  stack on the front - one zippered, one a slip pocket.

The coin purse was my own design but loosely based on some small bags sewn during BagIt, hosted by ElmStreetQuilts last November. BagIt for 2016 has already started and will go on for three months this year.

The passport wallet is from a new-to-me pattern but was seriously hacked by me. I downsized the wallet to 80% of original. I added some credit card pockets inside and I also added the alternative pocket option. It also fits my IPhone6. I'm showing it with my old android which is a bit smaller.

I like the concept of this wallet but it gave me 2am nightmares trying to figure out the next step. Now that I've sewn it, I love the concept. You make what type pockets you want, then cut the outside and lining so those pockets will fit inside. Definitely my style of sew as you go.  I'll be blogging more about the pattern difficulties later.

On the main bag, I like the length of the tassel but it was a trial one out of thinner fabric. I may re-do the tassel but my brain says it's done.

I don't know if dd will want to carry all these as she usually travels via small backpack. I think she will like the passport wallet as I like to have my drivers license/ID and passport in the same place and readily available for airport screeners. She probably won't need to pull it out too often. In Japan, I felt like I was showing my passport about five times a day.

In other good news, one of my cousins saw the bigger bag/purse and ordered one exactly like it for herself. Thank you for helping to pay for new cork fabric addiction.


  1. Kathy your projects are always so nicely finished and put together - that's such a great set, and your upcoming "putting everything in one place" post will be a good reference, I think :) I assume you're posting these to Bag It - you're going to really raise the bar with your bags - I'm going to have to step up my game! So far I think I only have 1 or 2 very simple bags to post up, when I have some time :)

  2. You're such a good mom! I love the set you made. I hope she has a safe and wonderful trip. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Lucky, lucky daughter!!! That is one awesome set.

  4. Wow! This is fabulous. Everything is so perfectly done. I'm sure your daughter is going to love this.

  5. It looks so good! Is that really cork? Fabric that looks like cork? Or cork leather? (the bag I am starting has "cork leather" as a recommended fabric but I don't know what that is really)

    1. Yes to real cork! It's adhered to a fabric backing that makes it incredibly easy to use. No fraying, lightweight but with structure. Sustainable sourcing and renewable.

  6. A great set, and the fabrics look fab together


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