Is doing sports one of your purposes for the new course? Maybe you’ll be even more motivated (it works for me) using a sport bag made by you, quilted and soft, flexible and washable.

To make my own I’ve used a well-keeped-over-the-years fabric which has been waiting in my studio(s) for its big moment. It’s a kind of treasure not very easy to find: discontinued fabrics at good price, available in short quantity rescued from the last corner of the store warehouse. Actually most of the quilted fabrics you can get at stores are plain colors so I’m working in a second part of this post to give you some advices to make your own with any fabric you choose.

I found this mini-collection around 2002 at Madrid’s fabric store Ribes&Casals. In that moment I didn’t know what I would make with them but it was love at first sight so I kept them until today.

I’ll show you in a quick tutorial how to make this bag. Really easy!

You’ll need:

  • quilted fabric (1 rectangle of 82 cm. x 42 cm. and 2 circles of 27 cm. diameter).
  • cotton fabric for lining (1 rectangle of 82 cm. x 42 cm. and 2 circles of 27 cm. diameter).
  • thick felt as reinforcement for the base (1 rectangle of 42 cm. x 25 cm.).
  • a 40 cm. zipper matching with the quilted fabric.
  • nylon strap (3 cm. wide x 2,60 cm. long).
  • threads matching with the fabrics and one more for basting.
  • a basic sewing machine.
  • marker (chalk, soap…), scissors, sewing needle and pins.

1.Place the felt piece in the middle of the quilted fabric rectangle (wrong side). Baste it by the edges to keep both pieces together.

2. Mark into the fabric -with soap or chalk- the following measures of the diagram:

Place the strap on, baste and sew it with thread to tone by machine at 2 mm. from the strap edge.

3. Sew the lining: join the two circular pieces from the sides to the rectangular piece with a machine seam at 1 cm. from the edge.

4. Once you have it, fold out 1 cm. the top of the rectangular piece that forms the opening of the bag (where we’ll place the zipper later) and sew it with a 0.5 cm machine stitching from the edge.

5. Repeat the proccess with the outer fabric (quilted). Join the two circular pieces from the sides to the rectangular piece with a machine seam at 1 cm. from the edge (you can baste it first to make it easier).

Also sew the zipper at the edge of the opening.

6. Place the lining inside the bag (wrong sides together) and sew it through the part of the opening, just over the seam already made of the zipper, as clean as possible.

If necessary give it a better finished with some hand stitches just where the sewing machine sometimes doesn’t reach.

And that’s it… now you just have to work hard to get fit!