The MidSummer’s Night Traveler is rated as an Intermediate level pattern (as there are a few tricky bits), if you feel you are up for a challenge, you could definitely give this one a go 😉
If you are in need of an overnight bag, weekender bag, diaper bag, gym bag, or just love a big ‘ole honking purse? Then the MidSummer’s Night Traveler is the bag for you!
The MidSummer’s Night Traveler has a stylish feminine crescent shape that can hold it all. The zippered main closure protects the roomy interior – complete with large zippered pocket, a full width elasticised slip pocket, and key fob. To top it all off, the MidSummer’s Night Traveler does have a detachable cross body strap to make life even easier.
The finished size of The MidSummer’s Night Traveler measures approximately 20″ at its widest point x 15″tall x 5” deep (50.8cm x 38cm x 14cm). This bag has been designed to be made using leather/faux leather/vinyl accents, however other fabric types (eg. Quilting Cotton, or another woven fabric) can be used instead.
For more photos of bags made using this pattern please see this blog post
• Skill level: Intermediate
• Please read all directions before beginning.
• The seam allowance is 3/8” (1cm) unless otherwise stated, and has been included in the pattern pieces.
• Print at 100%
• Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of all stitching unless otherwise stated.
• Pattern pieces are included on the pages after the instructions. The remaining pieces should be cut to the measurements provided in the cutting guide (page 4).
• Important things to note when working with leather.
◦ Never use pins, be sure to use clips instead.
◦ Be sure to use a leather needle.
◦ Be sure to use a 40 to 60 weight bonded nylon thread or a 100% polyester thread.
◦ Be sure to use a walking foot, roller foot or teflon foot on your sewing machine.
◦ Lengthen your stitch length when topstitching, it ensures a neater more professional look.
◦ Check on scrap piece of leather first that is the same thickness as what you will be sewing, (i.e.
interfaced, etc.) and use that to work out the tension needed for the project. Many domestic machines will not cope with the thickness of some leathers, testing on a scrap piece of leather will come in handy to find this out too.
• Extra important things to note when working with faux leather, the above leather tips should
be adhered to, plus…
◦ Be sure to use low heat and pressing cloth if fusing to faux leather.