I’m sure that most quilters have far more bags than they need because they are so easy to make, but occasionally one particular bag stands out as being incredibly useful. This bag is one that I use when travelling for passport and tickets, when going somewhere by train for scissors and hand sewing bits and pieces – in fact any time when I need to keep things safely zipped up so that I know they won’t fall out.
The bag itself is tied with ribbon and inside there are two zipped compartments. As the zips are towards the middle they would not be easy for a pickpocket to open when the bag was tied shut.
15″ by 10″ rectangle in top fabric, wadding and lining fabric
two 10″ by 6″ rectangles for the zipped compartments and two 10″ zips
about 30″ of ribbon for the fastening
Making the compartment bag
Lay the top fabric with right side down, then the wadding and then the lining with right side up. Put to one side while you make the zipped compartments.
Place the zips on the table with right side up. For the left hand compartment place the blue fabric on top with right side down and the left hand edges of the zip and the fabric lined up. Using the zipper foot on your sewing machine sew the zip to the fabric and then fold the fabric back over the fold so that the raw edges are hidden. For the right hand compartment do the same but with the raw edges of the zip and the fabric to the right.
Place both the blue rectangles on the three 15″ by 10″ rectangles with the zips towards the middle and the edges of the blue fabric lined up with the edges of the rectangles.
Sew the free side of each zip to the three rectangles and sew straight lines at about 1/2″ intervals to cover the area between the two zips. This strengthens the spine of the bag, holds all three layers together and is extremely useful for storing needles if you think you are going to need them.
Here you can see the stitching as it shows through on the outside of the bag.
Add binding as for a quilt. I find it best to sew this to the inside of the bag and then flip it to the outside of the bag because then you can be sure that you don’t sew over the ends of the zips.
Use about 30″ of ribbon for the fastening. I find that it is only necessary to sew it to the two edges and around the spine of the bag.
You can see my passport peering out from one of the compartments – I feel really secure when I’m travelling with all my documents tucked away safely in this compartment bag.