Combine tropical prints for a vacation bag that easily stores travel essentials. Fabrics are from the Acreage collection by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda Fabrics.
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Inspired by Travel Light from designer Monique Dillard

Quilt tester: Jan Ragaller


  • 3⁄8 yard pink floral (bag front, bag back, inner pocket lining, strap)
  • 1⁄3 yard yellow floral (bag lining, outer pocket lining, binding)
  • 1⁄4 yard blue floral (outer pocket, inner pocket, bag flap)
  • Double-sided fusible fleece
  • Sew-in magnetic snap set
  • 3⁄4"-diameter button: blue
  • 1⁄2"-diameter button: green

Finished bag: 7-1⁄4×9" (excluding strap)

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances unless otherwise stated.

Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From pink floral, cut:

  • 2--2×42" strips
  • 2--7-1⁄4×9" rectangles
  • 1--7×7-1⁄4" rectangle

From yellow floral, cut:

  • 1--2×42" binding strip
  • 2--7-1⁄4×9" rectangles
  • 1--7×7-1⁄4" rectangle
  • 2--2×7-1⁄4" binding strips

From blue floral, cut:

  • 2--6-1⁄2×7-1⁄4" rectangles
  • 1--3-3⁄4×7" rectangle

From double-sided fusible fleece, cut:

  • 2--1⁄2×42" strips
  • 2--7-1⁄4×9" rectangles
  • 2--6-1⁄2×7-1⁄4" rectangles

Make Bag Front and Back

1.    Layer a yellow floral 7-1⁄4×9" rectangle, right side down, a fusible fleece 7-1⁄4×9" rectangle, and a pink floral 7-1⁄4×9" rectangle, right side up (Diagram 1). Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse layers together to make a fused rectangle. Repeat to make a second fused rectangle.


2.    Referring to Diagram 2, machine-quilt two vertical lines 2-1⁄4" from each long edge of a fused rectangle. Baste 1⁄8" from outside edges to make the bag front. Repeat with remaining fused rectangle to make the bag back.


Make Outer and Inner Pockets

1.    Layer a fusible fleece 6-1⁄2×7-1⁄4" rectangle atop wrong side of a blue floral 6-1⁄2×7-1⁄4" rectangle; fuse together. With right sides together, align long edges of fused blue floral rectangle and yellow floral 7×7-1⁄4" rectangle. The yellow floral rectangle will be 1⁄2" longer than the fused rectangle. Sew together along aligned edge (Diagram 3). Turn right side out, match unsewn bottom edges, and press top fold; 1⁄4" of yellow floral will show along top front edge (Diagram 4). Topstitch through all layers in the seam line to make the outer pocket.


2.    Using pink floral 7×7-1⁄4" rectangle instead of yellow floral, repeat Step 1 to make the inner pocket.

Make Strap

1.    Referring to Diagram 5, join pink floral 2×42" strips to make a 2×83-1⁄2" pieced strip; press seam open. Fold pieced strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Press to crease center; unfold. Fold long edges of pieced strip to meet in the center. Fold again at center, matching folded edges; press.


2.    Unfold Step 1 strip and place fusible fleece 1⁄2×42" strips end to end close to center fold of pieced strip. Refold pieced strip to cover fusible fleece strips. Topstitch 1⁄8" away from both long edges to make strap.

Finish Bag

1.    Lay bag front right side up on a flat surface. Referring to Diagram 6, place a strap end on bag front 3⁄4" from left edge and 4" from bottom edge. Topstitch 1⁄8" away from edges of strap, pivoting 1⁄2" from top edge of bag front.


2.    Referring to Diagram 7, place outer pocket atop Step 1 unit; align raw edges. Baste 1⁄8" away from side and bottom edges.


3.    Lay bag back right side up on a flat surface. Match remaining strap end to bottom edge of bag back, 3⁄4" from left side. Topstitch strap in place as before, pivoting 1⁄2" from top edge of bag back (Diagram 8).


4.    Referring to Diagram 9, layer inner pocket atop lining side of bag back; baste 1⁄8" away from side and bottom edges.


5.    Fold a long edge of blue floral 3-3⁄4×7" rectangle under 1⁄4" (Diagram 10); press. Fold short ends diagonally to center to make a triangle. Topstitch along folds to make bag flap.


6.    With right sides together, center flap along top edge of bag back. Baste 1⁄8" away from top edge (Diagram 11).


7.    Bind top edge of bag front with a yellow floral 2×7-1⁄4" strip. Repeat to bind top edge of bag back.

8.    Referring to Diagram 12, fold flap up; topstitch flap to binding on bag back.


9.    Layer bag front and bag back with wrong sides together (Diagram 13). Baste 1⁄8" away from bottom and side edges.


10. Bind side and bottom edges with yellow floral 2×42" strip.

11. Following manufacturer's instructions, hand-sew female end of the magnetic snap to the wrong side of the flap. Match the position of the male end of the snap, and hand-sew it to bag front, making sure snaps fit together when flap is folded down.

12.    Layer the blue and green buttons on the front side of flap (see photo); hand-sew in place to complete the bag.