|My bright, sunny sewing bag...|
Modifications worth mentioning when I made these Professional Totes... I didn't include the exterior band across the back (used to loop the bag over a suitcase handle), nor did I put a velcro closing on the back slip pocket. For the two end pockets, I made my own "rat tails" with scraps of fabric and used grommets instead of making button holes for the first bag; on the second bag, I just ran some elastic through the casing. The middle divider zippered pocket became an open pocket on my second bag, as I did not have any need for it to be secured. I also didn't put a flap on top of any inside pocket on my second bag.
Now for some thoughts on actually using the bag. I made the penguin bag as a travel carry-on. The first time I used it, however, I found that I could not stuff it under the seat in front of me. (What can I say, the Peltex is sturdy!) Moreover, I did not want to force it so that it would end up with permanent creases. So into the overhead compartment it had to go and all of a sudden, it was a lot less convenient for me. Just sayin'...
And while I think that a regular Decor Bond interfaced bag may be able to be pushed under the seat, I'm not sure I would want to attempt it, particularly once it's filled to the brim with stuff. Overall, the bag is just a little big for my tastes. I also find that the placement of the middle divider pocket makes the two resulting compartments too restricting for what I need in a carry-on. Both times that I've used the bag, I've found myself saying, "I wish I had left the interior as one big space instead." Just things to keep in mind if you're considering taking on this project yourself. Think hard about how you intend to use it.
Mustn't forget to mention, however, that I have received compliments about the bag. It's always encouraging when your efforts are admired and appreciated.