Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pattern comparison - Patterns by Annie's Travel Duffle vs Get Out of Town Duffle

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, 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.