The Day Tripper is truly a bag for the adventurous spirit. This bag will take you anywhere you want to go. With roomy pockets, an extra long carrying strap and sturdy internal structure this bag can carry a lot of weight. The Daytripper by Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk Patterns is a bag built to use.
When I first opened the pdf pattern, I was really impressed with the 32 pages of detailed photographic instructions. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated until I began construction. If you are a beginning sewist you can absolutely make this bag, I promise you! Just be patient with yourself and follow each step one by one.
As you can see, this bag is hefty. Big enough for a diaper bag, small enough for daily use. This bag comes with a flat exterior back pocket big enough for a 11″x13″ spiral bound Ikea notebook! The other side has two pockets for your quick need items like keys, phone, lip gloss or in my case, baby wipes. Erin’s method of hiding the seam in the long, adjustable strap gives a polished look too.
The Daytripper came together over a few evenings. One night prepping the fabric and pattern, the second tracing and cutting and ironing, the last sewing and ironing. Do not skip the ironing! I skipped one little piece and it’s still bothering me. I think there is a certain joy in using quilting cotton for bags, mainly the price and the prints. I have had this stash of Madrona Road just calling to be made into a large bag. I lined all the exterior pockets in the dandelion yellow; you can see how it brightens up the whole bag!
Also, get yourself a label. You can make one yourself, get some at Spoonflower, order some from a creative on Etsy, or just hand embroider/write/stamp one on some fabric scraps. Labels make me feel proud of my work, and adds a personal touch that tells everyone you made it so you don’t have to brag verbally. You will want too brag, let me tell you!
So what is a super fun blog hop without a super fun giveaway! All you have to do is comment to win your own pattern for the Daytripper! Please leave an email address or another to contact you. I will draw a winner in two days, so be sure to comment by end of the day September 20th! Follow along for all the Dog Under My Desk posts!
Ok so not that you asked, but here are a few tips. One: be sure to cut carefully. There are quite a few pieces that need to line up. I actually noticed that I cut out my lining and then ironed it and made it “wider” and really ticked myself off. So the second time I cut “around” the exact lines, then fused the interfacing, then cut precisely on the pattern. This eliminates any stretching of the fabric as you go. Two: actually there is no two. So if you are still reading, you don’t need to be. Just go comment and enter to win the pattern already!
Winner for the DayTripper Bag Pattern by Erin Erickson is Comment #19 from Susan T! Thank you everyone for entering and don’t forget about the blog hop as it continues next week.)
PS: She was a Daytripper… a one way ticket yeah…
PPS: Here are a few more photos so you can really see how fabulous this pattern is!