Today I am pleased to be a part of The Fat Quarter Shop’s Blog Remix event. This pattern for a Road Trip Pillow Bag was originally posted on Jolly Jabber in May of last year. It is sized on their pattern for a child’s pillow, and shown with a bedtime story book in the pocket. I usually take my own pillow when traveling if I can, and made a Travel Pillow Case for mine some time ago so I would be better able to see it in the hotel room and not leave it behind. This one was just a step up with the handles for easier carrying and a pocket to keep a few items in that I usually have nearby at bedtime.
This fabric line is Country French Floral by Fabric Traditions. I loved the purple background and the French style roses.
I just happened to have the perfect color of Aurifil thread to go with these pretty fabrics, one a scattered flower and the other a coordinating stripe for my project.
My dimensions are larger than the pattern shows, to accommodate an adult size standard pillow.
Main Print –
2 – 20” x 24” rectangles (bag background)
1 – 20” x 22” rectangle (pocket)
Accent Print –
4 – 6” x 20” rectangles (inside and outside cuffs)
2 – 4” x 10” rectangles (handles)
I started with making the handles.
I departed from the pattern instructions after the top section was made with two changes to the pattern. First, on the inside cuff, I cut it the same size as the outside, and I only turned up 1/4-inch to match the seam on the outside cuff to the pillow case body. Second, I did not sew the side seams as the pattern shows. My method will give finished seams inside the top instead of raw edges showing as the pattern does.
Stitch the cuff to the body on the front and the back, leaving the sides open.
Add pocket to the bottom of the front side.
Now pin the top front and back sections together matching the seams.
Sew the seam from top, down the side, across the bottom, then up the other side all the way to the top. Then fold the inside cuff into the case, and press. This will eliminate the raw edge inside near the opening.
Now, topstitch the lining to the inside all the way around the seam to finish off the inside at the top. The folded up edge will align with the seam and cover that raw edge.
Inside the pocket, I have a few bedtime things – a book or two with a pair of reading glasses, some lip balm for dry rooms, a couple of binder clips to keep the curtains closed, and a sleep mask in case it is just too bright with outside lights.
Everything I like for bedtime in a hotel, right together.
There is no chance I’ll leave it behind, the bright print shows up against the white sheets you usually have in a hotel.
See Jolly Jabber for more ideas for a Road Trip Pillow bag, and other Remix patterns.
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