Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Lunar Collection Travel Bags by ChrisW Designs

The Lunar Collection of Travel Bags is the last bag in the Bag-of-the-Month Club for 2016; designed by Christine of ChrisW Designs. I was one of several testers for this bag collection and I chose to test the large version or Full Moon. Don't you love the name (he he)? The Full Moon is not only large, it's huge! After I made the bag, you know what Christine did? She added a third size! So with this pattern you get the large (Full Moon), medium (Half Moon) and small (Quarter Moon) size all in one pattern! Wow that's a great deal. Christine designed this for the Bag-of-the-Month Club (BOM) which runs from January-June each year. So if you want this pattern now you can purchase the BOM now and you will receive all 6 bag patterns from 6 different designers, or you if you can wait, this pattern will be released for individual sale starting July as will all the bag patterns from each designer in the BOM club. Christine also added another pocket supplement for the inside (after I had made my bag) so you will have even more pockets, if you want to add more pockets inside, which some of the testers did.

The pattern is designed with a luggage sleeve on the back to slide over your rolling suitcases. I decided not to add the luggage sleeve to mine as I do not have rolling suitcases and I don't travel much anymore. So I sewed that sleeve inside my bag and turned it into a pocket instead. I love the large drawstring side pockets and the front pocket too. I made my flap larger so that I could quilt a flower design on the flap. You can use the carry handles or clip on the strap for wearing on your shoulder or across your body. I made my strap narrower because I only had a narrow swivel hook. I probably wouldn't use the long strap anyhow.

Some of the testers used faux leather as the accent on the bottom and for their straps, which is a nice touch too. You need to see all the testers bags to see how great they look in the different sizes and fabrics they chose too.

Here's my bag and I just love it!

I quilted a free-motion flower on my flap that I made larger.

I forgot to put on the cord stops when I took this photo. I have since put the cords stops on the drawstrings, which makes it easier than tying a bow, lol!

This is the back of the bag where the luggage sleeve would go if I added it. But I wanted my pretty floral print to show more and I wouldn't use the luggage sleeve so I left it off.


Zippered inside pocket with the floral fabric as the lining.

I turned the luggage sleeve into a slip pocket, which is the black pocket across from the zippered pocket.

Since I have small hands, I folded my handles in half and stitched them in the center where I grab the handles. It fits my hand so much better that way.



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12 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful bag and that free motion flower...wow!

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  2. I always like the extra touches that you add to make each bag uniquely yours, Daryl. (Love your new labels, too!) Do you think this can be stuffed under the seat in front of you on a plane?

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  3. I can see why you love it, its gorgeous!

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  4. Great bag! And you were brave enough to make the fool moon!! ;-) The flower in the flap makes it pretty unique; how cool!

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  5. You know, I need a new bag and this one seems awesome. Think I"m gonna get the pattern. Love your flower - it really finishes it off beautifully.

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  6. The name is awesome. ;-)
    Your quilted flower is beautiful and is a great addition to the fabric you chose. The bag really looks big. You did an excellent job, if I may say so.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good day!

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  7. Great job! it all works together so well, I wouldn't want to alter a single detail.

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    1. Thank you Lena. Since you are a no-reply, I couldn't email you directly.

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  8. A stunning bag, Daryl. Love the bag design, the fabric and your FMQ flower.

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  9. visiting from threading my way, love this.

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    1. Schulz Family you are a no-reply so I couldn't email you directly. Thank you for your nice comment.

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