If you are thinking about making a duffle bag, I highly recommend the Travel Duffle or the Get Out of Town Duffle by Patterns by Annie. I've made both of them, so I figured that I should share a few things that I've learned.
|Front view of both bags|
Until I took a few pictures of them together last night, I don't think I ever got how significant the size difference is between the two bags. According to ByAnnie.com, the Travel Duffle measures 21" x 13" x 8" while the Get Out of Town Duffle measures 16" x 10" x 7". I'm pretty good with visualizing dimensions, but I still wasn't quite prepared for what I saw in the pic.
|Pretty big difference, isn't it?|
I've used the Travel Duffle on 3 airline trips in the 11 months since I finished it - a larger Bombardier regional jet, an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737. On all of those trips, I had no problem placing my bag in the overhead bin. If I had really overstuffed the bag, it might have been a little iffy on the regional jet.
|Stowed safely in the overhead bin|
I love this size because it can hold a lot of stuff, and it's a piece of cake to remove the bottom stabilizer (I have a piece of acrylic in the base) so it can be folded down and packed into another suitcase. As a side note, the Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine fits great in the Travel Duffle. LOL.
|My Pfaff Passport 3.0 inside the Travel Duffle (made with fabrics from Katarina Roccella's Avant Garde collection for Art Gallery Fabrics)|
The Get Out of Town Duffle is a great size that would be perfect for a weekend getaway or to be stored under the seat in front of you on a plane as a smallish bag. Like the Travel Duffle, it also has a removable stabilizer base so that it can be folded down (or be carried as a more slouchy bag).
|My Get Out of Town Duffle in Galaxy Cats fabric by Timeless Treasures|
Both bags use ByAnnie's Soft and Stable to provide structure and support without adding a lot of weight. They also both have slip interior pockets, 4 slip exterior pockets, and zippered exterior pockets (1 on Get Out of Town and 2 on Travel Duffle). In addition, both bags have adjustable shoulder straps that are detachable.
I really love both of my bags, and I'm glad that I made both sizes.