I made my first Road Trip Case because I needed somewhere to tote around my English Paper Piecing supplies, and I'm a sucker for organization. (You can see it on my blog here).
Then I had to make another one because one of my family members was adamant that she needed a pink one:
I chose a few prints to feature from Heather Bailey's new line Up Parasol, and backed them up with a number of pink blenders from my stash. And a few Tula Pink horses for my horse crazy girl.
It's a great pattern, very thoroughly written, with a vinyl pocket that's straightforward to install. It uses fat quarter amounts of fabric (four is suggested), making it a great place use fabrics you love but maybe don't have a lot of. And it's versatile! Although many people use it as a traveling sewing or craft kit, it would be also excellent for managing small toys for travel with kids. And those little pockets are not as little as they look! They can hold a lot of things.
Of course, having made a bag, I have to cruise around the internet and see how other people have made theirs! Here are a few I've especially admired:
One of my favorites is this one made by the pattern's designer, Anna Graham of Noodlehead, using fabrics from Rae Hoekstra's Lotus Pond collection:
It has a bright orange exterior:
That contrasts with its cool blue interior. And of course, those adorable snails!
Erin from House on Hill Road made her Road Trip Case with Lizzy House fabrics to hold embroidery supplies:
Laurel of Sing All You Want made her Road Trip Case sewing kit with some Moda favorites and Denyse Schmidt fabrics:
Krista of Spotted Stones made two Road Trip Cases:
One features Anna Maria Horner fabric:
And the other with Lizzy House and Carolyn Friedlander fabrics using the long pocket version of the pattern:
I hope you're inspired to try something new! If you make a Road Trip Case, we'd love to see it, and all your other projects, in our Made With Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr group!
Labels: Anna Graham, bags, Noodlehead