In a couple of weeks Daughter #1 heads to Northern Ireland to study for a semester, so for Christmas I made her some travel-related gifts.
First, a travel document organizer. I found a helpful tutorial at thimble. It has two zipper pouches and a number of pockets to stash important documents and paperwork. I did add some lightweight interfacing to the exterior fabric cover, and if I were to make another, I might try using slightly heavier interfacing.
I had this terrific fabric . . .
that reminded me of D#1’s most recent artwork . . .
. . . so I used it for the cover.
I came across another great travel gift idea on bee in my bonnet: a suitcase handle wrap. It took only minutes to make. I used the dimensions in the tutorial (5-inch squares of fabric and batting), and it fits D#1’s suitcase perfectly. The design is meant for sewing machine handles, which are not as beefy as suitcase handles, so an additional 1/2 to 1 inch in length might be needed to achieve the best fit. This wrap makes the handle comfy to hold and identifiable on a baggage carousel (though the maroon suitcase itself is distinctive!).
And in her stocking was St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers. He’ll be going along for the ride.