As a frequent traveler, I’m always looking for ways to efficiently pack. Luggage with spinner wheels are a must for me, but I always need more travel space than just one suitcase. My newest pattern McCall’s 6668 provides my solution! It’s a saddle bag that straddles the luggage; it also converts to a shoulder bag.
You can see in the above photo that there is a long zipper, that when open, fits over the top of the handle on luggage. When it’s time to board the plane or get into the car, simply lift off the two-sided bag, close the zipper, and then attach the shoulder strap that’s stored in a pocket—the travel piece is now a shoulder bag.
Here’s what you need to create this convertible bag:
The pattern will guide you through the sewing steps. A straight stitch is all that’s needed! Here is a preview of how the saddle bag is assembled.
Saddle Bag Highlights
The part of the bag that converts it from a saddle bag to a shoulder bag is made up of a long zipper with side tabs.
Two identical side bags are sewn. Each bag includes an outside pocket and a zipper-secured inside pocket.
Each bag is attached to the main center piece.
When the second bag is attached, it may appear confusing. With the instructions in front of you, it’s a simple process!
Double-sided quilted cotton fabrics, like this Daydreams print, along with fun grosgrain ribbon, and three colorful zippers make the sewing a breeze and the finished project so stylish!
This photo was styled and taken by The McCall Pattern Company. I wish I owned, or more importantly, could walk in those shoes!
McCall’s 6668 is available just in time for the gift giving season!
Bye for now,