Saturday, October 1, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador and ByAnnie Challenge

For the month of October, the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to sew a ByAnnie bag.  I made the Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.

Here's the pattern.  You can find this pattern, plus a helpful add-on video on the website.  This is the third ByAnnie pattern I've sewn, and my favorite so far.  The step-by-step directions are written clearly and each step has a little box to check off, which keeps me on track and feeling accomplished.

I chose to use the Midnight Glow fabric collection from Island Batik.  As I've mentioned many times recently, this is my new favorite fabric line.  It's so dramatically gorgeous.  You can sink right into it.

One of the first steps to sewing a ByAnnie bag is the cutting and prep.  A sheet is included in the pattern that you can copy and use to label each piece as you cut and prep.  I chose to print my labels on some light sticker paper so they are super easy to use and remove.  No pins needed.

The outer shell of the bag is made from a main fabric, a lining fabric, and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable.  Here I am quilting the layers together with matching Aurifil thread. 

Zippers are prepped as well.  This bag has three zippers, one for the main closure, and two pocket zippers.

I cut bias binding strips from this gorgeous coordinating fabric.  The bias binding makes it easy to sew around the curvy elements of the bag.

In this step, I am prepping the bag straps.  I did all of my pressing on my Prairie Spirit Alpacas pressing mat.  It's wonderful.  I love it more with every project.

One of the features of the ByAnnie bags that I love is the beautiful and sturdy coordinating hardware.  

Here's the bag front pocket, prepped and ready for bag construction.

After all the bag parts are prepped and sewn, the bag itself is sewn together.  The inside seams are covered with bias binding for a beautiful finished effect.  I used Quilters Perfect Klips to hold the binding in place.  Sewing this part can be tricky.  I used a stiletto to help feed the layers under the presser foot evenly and also switched my needle to a Schmetz leather needle.  A jeans needle would probably work well for sewing through all the layers, too.

This is actually the inside zipper pocket of the bag.  This is showing the lovely finished seam binding.  At this point my bag is ready to be turned right side out!  Exciting!!!

And here it is!  The Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0.  This is the front side of the bag, with a pretty zipper pocket.

The back of the bag also has a pocket, and a trolley sleeve.  Notice the padded, adjustable carrying strap.

There is a nice poochy pocket on each side of the bag.  This will be just perfect for carrying a water bottle and a small snack, or anything else you need quick access to.

Inside view.  This is a roomy bag!

Inside three section, elastic edged pocket.

Inside large zipper pocket.

Inside the large inner zipper pocket.

Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0

Bag Stats:
Size:  13-3/4" x 18-1/2" x 8" (at bottom)
Pattern:  Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0
Fabric:  Midnight Glow by Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz

All the Island Batik Ambassadors are making bags this month!  Visit their blogs throughout October to see what they made.  Here's a list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. What a FUN bag, Jennifer!! I loved reading your process and seeing all the photos. And that tip about using light sticker paper for printing the labels is fantastic. I never even thought of that! Thank you!!