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How to make a mini MidSummer’s Night Traveler…

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the release of my new pattern the MidSummer’s Night Traveler a few weeks ago!  Before it’s release I loved it so much that I thought “wouldn’t it be great to have a handbag size version of this awesome bag?!” So I set about working out what was needed to be able to make a mini version of the MidSummer’s Night Traveler so it could be used for everyday 🙂


After the release a few of you asked if the MidSummer’s Night Traveler comes in a handbag size too…well this post is for all of you 😉

comparision2The finished size of the Mini MidSummer’s Night Traveler is approximately: 16″ Wide (widest point) x 9″ Tall x 4 1/2″ Deep (40.5cm x 22.5cm x 11.5cm).

You can now make a smaller handbag version, just follow the instructions below…

1. Get Organised:

  • Purchase the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.
  • Print your pattern at 80% (instead of 100% as the pattern states).
  • Cut your handles at 21″L x 6″W (53.5cm x 15cm)
  • Cut your zip pocket at (2 x) 6 1/2″H x 9″W (16.5cm x 22.5cm)
  • Cut Zip Panel pieces at 17″L x 3″W (43cm x 7.5cm)
  • Cut the elastic to 14″ (35.5cm)
  • When cutting BASE – D1 & BASE – D2, you will need to ADD 1/2″ (1.2cm) to the flat “on the fold” edge – I will show you why in No. 11 below.
  • You will need one 20″ (50.5cm) Zip rather than the 22″ (55.5cm) one stated in the pattern.
  • I recommend that you do not include the Adjustable Strap.
  • All remaining pieces should be cut as per the pattern.

2. Attach your stabilisers:

  • Attach all stabilisers as per the pattern
  • I recommend you choose to use Fleece (eg. H640 or Pellon/Legacy 987F) instead of Foam for this Mini sized MidSummer’s Night Traveler.

3. Attach the overlay & side accents as per the pattern.


4. Creating the Pleats on Main – A

  • Measure 1.5” (3.5cm) from the centre marking and mark this point. Repeat for other side of the centre marking.

  • Complete the rest as per pattern.


5.  Create the handles & insert zip pocket in lining as per the pattern.

6. Inserting Lining Pocket – G

  • Create the pockets as per the pattern.
  • Measure 1” (2.5cm) on either side of the centre marking and mark these points.

  • Complete the rest as per pattern, until you reach Step 40.  You should choose to divide your pocket down the centre rather than as shown in the pattern – this will give you 2 larger slip pockets rather than one large slip pocket & two unusable smaller pockets 😉

7. Create recessed zip panel as per the pattern.

  • Create as per the pattern.
  • All measurements in Step 49 remain the same.
  • The finished size of your zip panel should measure 16″L x 5″W (40.5cm x 12.5cm).

8. Skip the Adjustable Strap Connector creation section of the pattern.

9. Optional Key Fob

  • If you choose to create this for your bag, ensure that the length is no longer than 2″ (5.5cm).

10. Assemble the Lining as per the pattern.

  • Create as per the pattern.
  • Make sure you remembered to add 1/2″ (1.2cm) to the flat “on the fold” edge, see below in No. 11 as to why this is needed.

11. Assemble the External bag as per the pattern.

  • Create as per the pattern.
  • Make sure you remembered to add 1/2″ (1.2cm) to the flat “on the fold” edge, see below in No. 11 as to why this is needed.
  • WHY you need to add 1/2″ (1.2cm) to the flat “on the fold” edge:
    If you do not add this to your base piece the base may end up too short!
    You can see on mine (below), that I needed to add extra leather to the base to ensure it fit, I do not want this to happen to you – it is not the most professional look 😉
    So please add this small amount to your base piece to ensure it fits snuggly.
    (HINT: Thicker fabrics make the base harder to install too)
  • You will not need to add rivets to your bag if you have not included an adjustable strap.bottom1

12. Skip the Adjustable Strap creation section of the pattern.


Your Mini MidSummer’s Night Traveler should now be finished!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to make a mini version – I hope to see lots of mini versions around on social media very soon 🙂


I would love to see any MidSummer’s Night Traveler’s (or mini versions) you make, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 or just use the tag #midsummersnighttraveler

If you would like to purchase the MidSummer’s Night Traveler pattern, you can do so on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you do use this tutorial to add elasticised pockets to your gusseted bag feel free to use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie:)

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Happy sewing everyone!

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