So in this month's issue of Sew News (June/July 2017) I saw a Sew-Along for train cases, and of course what could be more perfect for my trip?
I was a little disappointed that in addition to buying the magazine, I also had to pay $9 for the pattern online. Then I spent another $21 on fabric, zipper, interfacings, fleece batting, and Fuse-N-Shape. Therefore this HOMEMADE bag cost me $30. So I'm not saying its a bargain because I could have bought a nice case for much less than that.
Here is where the pattern is available: Crimson and Clover Train Case Pattern
And here is my finished (medium size) case
And yes, I failed to think it through when cutting it out and cut the print SIDEWAYS. (I was intent on making sure I cut the top piece and handle just-so, so that I could highlight the "Paris"on the print, and never paid attention to the rest of it.)
Although I've made lots of bags of different types, I wouldn't say this was the easiest one I ever put together. By the last few steps, you are sewing together so many layers that you can barely fit it under your presser foot. Fortunately I have my heavy-duty mechanical Singers to do the job, but I imagine some lower end new machines couldn't hope to sew those thick seams.
I thought it was cool to find this pattern for a train case right before embarking on a real train trip. Yeah, I could have bought a similar cosmetic case for $10 less, but then I wouldn't have had the fun of messing up my sewing room to make this!