Completed: Travel Gear (aka I am a weirdo)

24 Oct

Hey everyone! This post is a little different from what I normally blog about… instead of showing y’all some (probably awesome)piece of clothing I made, today is all about the non-clothes crafty stuff! Yay!

And, before you start side-eyeing me – this isn’t in partnership or sponsorship or anything like that with anyone. I’m honestly just really excited about my upcoming trip and I wanted new ~travel accessories~ (especially since all I own is basically my old suitcase!). Except, once I started looking at the goods on Etsy (and, if we’re being honest – Amazon. And Target. Haha!), I found myself poo-pooing everything because it wasn’t cute/wasn’t exactly what I wanted/ugh I can make that myself. Rather than start doing idiot shit like buy a new suitcase (my suitcase, while definitely old – there are receipts in the pocket from when we visited Disney World as a family. In 1994, I might add. – it still perfectly functioning and absolutely does not need to be replaced unless I just suddenly run of out ways to spend my money), I figured I’d channel my energy into making these little accessories. And you know what? This kind of sewing is pretty fun – especially when there’s no fitting involved πŸ™‚

I do want to add a small disclaimer before we dive in, though – a couple of these projects include the use of scrap leather. I know the use of leather can be a subject of hot debate, and I don’t want any of y’all to look at something you don’t want to. With that being said – none of us need to be “schooled” on the evils of leather, at least not in this post. I’ve done my research, I’m ok with leather and leather scraps (I mean, I wear leather shoes and belts), and I do not want to turn the comments here to turn into a leather debate. All right! Moving on…

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The first thing I made up was this little make up case. Isn’t she ADORABLE? Way cuter than anything I could buy, at least as far as my budget is concerned.

I used a Butterick 6072 to make the make up case. I actually got this pattern for free when I visited the McCall Pattern Company – I know, I know, I just told y’all this isn’t a collaborative post. It’s not! The pattern was in a bag of goodies that they handed to me when I walked in the door. I’m pretty sure no one is expecting me to write a review – I’m also pretty sure I looked at the pattern and thought, “Huh. Definitely never gonna make this shit.” hahaha. (I should also point out that, if I had bought this myself, I wouldn’t have paid more than $1 for it, thanks to Joann’s sales. So there’s that). At any rate, once I realized I was gonna have to make my own damn make-up bag, out came the pattern to be looked over with a set of fresh eyes. If you can get past the somewhat dowdy styling and fabrics on the pattern envelope, this is actually pretty cute. I almost made the matching jewelry case & make-up holder, until I realized that I totally don’t need or use those things. So, just this one bag! (but I still might make that jewelry case. Watch me.)

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Anyway, this was REALLY easy to put together! I used a piece of beloved plaid wool blend fabric from my stash – I was a little hesitant to cut into it, because it’s sooo pretty (isn’t it?), but I ultimately decided to go for it because 1. It’s a wool blend, which I prefer to wear 100% wool; 2. It was a small yardage (maybe 1/2 yard); 3. That unbalanced plaid meant I probably couldn’t eek anything remote successful and matching out of it. Anyway, now I can enjoy it all the time πŸ™‚ This fabric came from the flea market, by the way. I have no idea it’s origins, but it feels like a thick suiting.

The pattern is interfaced with fusible fleece (there was also some of this in my McCall bag – but honestly, it kind of sucked. I don’t remember the brand, but only about half the glue dots worked. Meh.) and then lined with some navy wool blend broadcloth from my stash (if I recall, my friend Trisha’s mom gave me that, which I believe she found at a yard sale). The zipper is from my stash.

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I decided to fancy things up and use a piece of leather for the handle. Ooh la la! This leather came from my last trip to Chicago – I bought a small piece at Textile Discount Outlet, having no idea what the hell I was gonna do with it. I like it as a strap, though! I sewed the two pieces wrong sides together (eliminating the seam allowances) and then topstitched onto the bag itself. The thread is just denim thread, and I used a denim needle (alas, no leather needles currently in my arsenal). I can’t speak for *every* sewing machine, but mine was ok with the leather since it’s relatively thin. I used normal thread in my bobbin and adjusted the tension until everything looked good on both sides.

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I am ridiculously pleased with how good the topstitching looks πŸ™‚

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I cut the top & bottom of the case on the bias, so I wouldn’t have to deal with matching the plaid any more than necessary (I also cut the back panel on the bias, but apparently did not take a photo of that angle. Sorry!) The pattern calls for a piece of cardboard at the bottom, to give the bag some structure. I also included some heavyweight interfacing (like… it’s so stiff, it practically feels like cardboard) on the top piece, because it felt really flimsy without it. I know they make lightweight plastic specifically for this purpose, but I really just wanted to destash so I went with what I had on hand!

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Finally, here’s the inside! There are tiny pockets all around the perimeter and it’s fucking adorable.

I love this thing. It’s tiny, it’s cute, and I am pretty sure I can fit all my make-up/personal care shit in it. Yes! Win for me!

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The next thing I made was this little wallet/passport case. I knew I needed something to carry my passport around it, and I also wanted it to include space for cards, cash, as well as a zippered pouch for change. I spent FOREVER looking for something on Etsy – and again, everything was just a *little* bit off from what I wanted (mostly lack of a zippered change pouch, interestingly enough. Excuse me, I need that change in case I have to pay for a toilet!). Argh!

Some more perusing of Etsy turned up this pattern – Passport Wallet from Teethy McGee Digitals. It’s a downloadable PDF with options for including card pockets and a change pouch, an elastic closure, and the whole thing costs $4.50. Perfect!

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I made the option with a card holder on one side, and the change pouch on the opposite. Like I said, it is perfect! You can see my passport barely peeking out on the left side (side with my sneaky fingers). The opposite side, under the zippered pouch, can hold my cash. I know there are only 2 card holders – and I totally agonized over whether to add more, but in the end decided that I really only need 2 cards while I’m overseas – my debit card and my driver’s license (yeah, I know, the passport is ID King over there, but I feel weird without my DL!). I won’t be carrying my credit card on my person (it’s literally just for emergencies – like, actual emergencies, not “Ooh girl, are those shoes on sale?” emergencies), my health insurance card is useless over there, and…. actually, those are all the cards I have. Ha!

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Here it is without the passport because, I dunno. Why not?

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This was SO FUN to put together – even with matching the plaid! The instructions, while brief, were fairly straightforward. I decided to interface both large pieces of the plaid – the outer & the inner – so it would have some structure. Which brings me to my confession: I couldn’t find a decent medium-weight interfacing in my stash – everything I have is lightweight – so I ended up using my mega expensive Pro Weft Shirt Crisp Fusible Interfacing because, well, it was on hand and I haven’t even cut into it yet. And hey, it seemed to work all right! Ok, go ahead and stone me now πŸ˜›

Anyway, the whole thing is sewn by machine – no hand sewing required – and I added a rectangle of leather to the outside for a more ~masculine~ look. I also made a little leather pull for the zipper – just sliced off a thin piece and fed it though. The elastic is actually lingerie elastic – from when I made my second Soma Swimsuit. Again, it matched! What do you expect from me!?

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I love that it closes with elastic, so I don’t have to worry about my passport falling out. I love that there is a zippered pouch, so no paid toilets will be out of my reach (yes, I spend a lot of time thinking about toilets, and I’m not sorry about that. When you gotta go, you gotta go!). And, obviously, I love that it matches my make-up bag! Yesss!

I would have loved to show y’all a shot of this with all my cards & such tucked in, but the pockets are shallow enough that you can really get an eyeful of the numbers on them. Sooo, yeah, you get a matchbook. Sorry.

And now, prepare for a let-down because the last thing I made is admittedly pretty boring-

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A MATCHING SLEEP MASK, HEY-O!

Seriously easy. I used this free pattern from Instructables (thank you, random Google) and the same fabrics/lingerie elastic with self-made bias tape. I don’t think this one needs much explaining. It’ll be nice for my flights, though- especially that red-eye I take arriving in.

Anyway, that’s it! Super rando post, but these are some pieces I felt I needed, and I’m so happy I didn’t have to buy them (and SO delighted that they match! Yay! It’s the little things, ha πŸ™‚ ). I am dying to make the Portside Travel Set next, but it’ll have to wait until post-London, because I don’t think I’ll have time! Someday, though!

What about y’all? Anyone else here love whooping it up with some random hobby crafts? Don’t be shy, we won’t judge you! πŸ™‚

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88 Responses to “Completed: Travel Gear (aka I am a weirdo)”

  1. HJ October 24, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Lovely, but sorry to say you will probably find that all you can fly with these days is a plastic bag containing small amounts of products under 100ml, even in 1st class.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      I always check my bags, so liquid restrictions aren’t a problem for me πŸ™‚

  2. amy w October 24, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Such cute travel accessories! A sleeping mask is so important!! The top-stitching on the leather handle on the make-up case looks amazing!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Right? Such a simple and easy addition, but it makes the whole thing look so luxe πŸ™‚

    • Erika October 24, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Seriously? She could always put these in her cute little case once through security! Why spread bummerness!

      • HJ October 25, 2014 at 6:34 am #

        So sorry, it wasn’t meant to be negative for the gorgeousness, it was meant to be helpful advice but came out all wrong. Trying to avoid any sorrow at customs. My bad.

  3. Nicole October 24, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    They look fantastic! I’ve been searching lately for a cute pattern to make a wallet with coin purse. I’ve successfully proven my card wallet is not fit for that purpose by losing money on more than one occasion. I’d like to use the vinyl scraps from when I reupholstered our dining chairs….. you promised you wouldn’t judge πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      No judging here! I think it’s awesome when you can re-use to make something that you need!

    • Anonymous December 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Have you ever seen the Get Carded pattern on dogundermydesk.com? It would be perfect!

  4. Ami October 24, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    LOVE all of these! So handy, so cute and so beautifully executed. I find little crafty projects like these super satisfying as a change from garment sewing for some reason too!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Same, but I also find myself wanting to be sloppy, since there’s no fitting involved! Ha! Craft projects are definitely a lesson in slowing down for me πŸ™‚

  5. carlalissa October 24, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Love them all. You just need one of those “C” shape neck cushion for your neck they are great for redeye flights – holds your head and makes it easy to nap.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:15 am #

      Ooh I so want one, but I’m slightly concerned about lugging it around all week haha. Still debating if it’s worth it!

      • carlalissa October 24, 2014 at 9:27 am #

        Yesss it is! You can get an inflatable one, but do not recommend. The ones with memory foam are the best.you can always shovel it in your suitcase until your returning flight!

        • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

          Well now I’ve gone and bought a memory foam neck pillow haha. Thanks for your input! Now I’m excited πŸ˜€

  6. ThreadTime October 24, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Very Stylish! Hope you get good use of them on your trip. (Wouldn’t the roll up with the zipper bag included in that Butterick pattern make a great sewing kit when traveling with your sewing machine?)

    Have a blast on your trip.
    Ramona

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:15 am #

      Um YES, yes it would! Uh oh, looks like I might be making that damn bag after all, ha!

  7. Natalie October 24, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    They are all so cute! It’s great that they all match too πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      Yes! I love it when my stuff matches πŸ˜€

  8. Cheryl October 24, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Im a weirdo, too. I made a travel set that I just used early this month.

    http://csturgeo.blogspot.com/2014/09/my-perfect-travel-tote.html

    But, I sew this kind of stuff all the time (and sell it on Etsy. Blatant commercial plug, https://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylThimbleFingers) because I am so intimidated by the great clothing you make and how great it looks on you.

    I did have one epic fail with a oval bag similar to yours. Check it out:

    http://csturgeo.blogspot.com/2014/04/frustration-malaise.html

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      So cute! I love that set; I need to make something like that.

      You shouldn’t be intimidated by making clothes, though! If you can make accessories that look that professional, then clothes aren’t too far off πŸ™‚

  9. Joanna October 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, DO NOT take your debit card! Ours was hacked when we were in London~ fortunately our bank covered the $5K, but you are safer with a credit card. Check to be sure both your bank and CC issuer both have fraud protection, tho’. Also the UK uses chip-and-pin cards, so to use your debit, you might end up having to give more info on the card than you are comfortable with, and leaving a paper record of the details. Have fun, London is seriously neat.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Wait, really?? I use my debit card for everything – figured it was safer to keep that instead of a wad of cash on me (I can run it as credit, if that makes a difference?). Ok, now you’ve got me all paranoid haha. I’m going to call my bank later and see what they recommend about fraud protection and hacking, and if I need to exclusively use the credit card – then so be it! Thanks for the head’s up πŸ™‚

      • LinB October 24, 2014 at 10:50 am #

        You need to alert your bank in either case — otherwise, attempted purchases outside your norm will be blocked, even if all you want is to get some cash from an atm (which gives you a better exchange rate and fees than at the airport).

        • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

          Oh yeah, my bank is crazy about fraud, so I always tell them when I’m going out of town – even domestically. It SUCKS to have your card shut off because you didn’t alert them – been there, done that, and never again!

      • Jen (NY) October 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

        Don’t know if they still exist, but I once got an Amex card that was basically travelers checks on plastic. I think that I was able to transfer bank funds onto it by ATM or something. Sorry, I’m being really vague.

  10. Kelly October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    That passport is SO cute! I absolutely love it! In fact, I now want to make myself a passport wallet…I had never thought of keeping cards and cash in the same place as my passport though – I think I’m always paranoid I’ll lose my passport so tend to leave it wherever I’m staying rather than take it out! But it does kind make sense to have it all together, and yours looks so awesome! And the top stitching on that handle – magnificent!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Yeah haha, I’d rather just not carry my passport around – but I need it for ID! Some people are telling me that my Driver’s License might not work in some places, and better safe than sorry I guess (plus, the passport was expensive, sooo I wanna get my money’s worth haha).

  11. onejolie October 24, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Gorgeous!! I adore little travel bags and I have all these random sections of things like wool and plaid around. You’ve inspired me to use them for something like these!

  12. SeeKatSew October 24, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Freaking rediculously cute ! I love that you of course matched the plaid perfectly. I never used to understand sleep masks, but i have learned they are essential, especially on the plane (well and sedatives of course hehe). Re – debit card, I always use my credit card when I travel because you get the bulk rate of the day and they all have fraud protection on them aka – not your problemo if something happens.
    Please take pics especially of your fabric shopping.
    Have fun!!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      You know I did! The first wallet was slightly off, so I had to recut it to get that damn plaid to match. I’m glad I did, though, because I think it looks pretty good now πŸ™‚

  13. Ally October 24, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I love how quick projects like this can be! Sometimes coming off a big project, or a break during one, making small things like this keeps my mojo going! Thanks for the wallet pattern suggestion too, I love yours and have been looking for something JUST like that!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      It’s a great pattern! You will have fun making it up πŸ™‚

  14. Tomasa October 24, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    They are all absolutely adorable. Love the colorful plaid fabric and the leather does indeed add a nice touch.

  15. LinB October 24, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Oh, such adorable tiny luggage! You can make your own luggage tags, too, out of the plaid scraps. I once made a passport holder, wallet, and pocket tissue holder for myself out of a quilting cotton printed all over with chickens and roosters. Because it made me happy, that’s why.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      I didn’t even think about making luggage tags! Ahh, ALL THE MATCHING EVERYTHING!

  16. Lisette October 24, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    We’re definitely on the same sewing plane right now – I’m sewing a bag for my ipad/passport for my trip to China AND I’m using an instructables post to turn the duck I’m using for it into tin cloth! And there’s plaid. But I think yours came out cuter so far!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      haha that’s awesome! I can’t wait to see what you make up πŸ˜€

  17. Mittenz October 24, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    I read your blog all the time, but I don’t know if I’ve ever commented? Anyway, I was just going to say that I find silk to be far crueler than leather. At least with leather the entire animal is used, and a cow can feed a lot of people and be made into lots of different things. Did you know they boil silk worms alive to get the silk strands from their cocoons? Maybe people don’t find them as precious because they are “bugs,” but silk moths are incredibly beautiful creatures. Ever since I learned about how awful it is that they boil them alive I have banned silk from my wardrobe.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi! I understand and respect your opinion, however, my blog really isn’t the best forum for this sort of debate. Trying to keep the comments a little less serious πŸ™‚

  18. Show and Tell Meg October 24, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I’m also guilty of the occasional organizations or hobby sewing πŸ™‚ Last year I got a wild hair and made myself a dpn case out of some super cute fat quarters I had hanging around (I can never resist them, but what they hack to do with them when you don’t quilt, you know?). I absolutely love that thing and it is incredibly useful. Even with drafting the pattern it only took a few hours to make – gotta love quick, satisfying, and cute πŸ™‚ Your bags came out lovely and I’m completely jealous of that wallet.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Oh, I want to make a DPN case! I was going to ask you to show me where you bought your pattern, but you drafted it… boo (for me, not for you πŸ™‚ )! I agree, for us non-quilters, fat quarters are the worst because they are SO cute and I never know what to do with them!

      • Ryan October 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

        I need a DPN case too, but i haven’t gotten around to making one yet. I’m hoping my sister will see it on my pinterest and make it for me. I do have a roll up case for my crochet hooks because i bought a set on amazon. For some reason it has a Hunger Games logo thing on it (is there a crochet component in the books/movie?) but whatever. it keeps them organized and relatively from the dogs. I’ve dropped a few bamboo needles on the floor (they rolled off the table and i didn’t notice) and my dog used them a chew toys!

      • thingsimakeplusrocks October 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

        AND butting in one more time. I made up a DPN case last year using fat quarters, and it’s awesome. My version is here, which includes some of the mods I made:
        http://sewingonpins.blogspot.ca/2013/09/finished-project-double-point-knitting.html

        The original tutorial that I followed is here:
        http://craftyavocado.blogspot.ca/2012/01/double-point-needle-case.html

        (Sorry, I don’t know how to properly link things in comments.)

  19. Basya October 24, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    If I have any wool and taffeta left from making V1419, I want to make a coordinating passport holder.

  20. Sylvie October 24, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Love it all!

  21. hannah October 24, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Stop justifying/apologizing for everything you do that people might disagree with, you don’t owe them anything. Whether you’re using leather, affiliate links, sponsorship, or whatever, just do it. People are going to disagree and create conflict for no reason at all, just because that’s how they are, but you don’t have to validate their opinion or allow them to think they have any say in how you run your blog.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      Well, I was mostly adding that disclaimer at the beginning because I’ve been subject to internet comment shitstorms over leather before πŸ™‚ Didn’t want to deal with that here! However, I understand what you’re saying, and you’re right. People are going to disagree and be butthurt just to be butthurt. If that’s what they want to do, you can’t really prevent it.

  22. smittenness October 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Super cute. And don’t be too worried about paying for toilets in London, you can usually find a pub or refer to this website! http://golondon.about.com/od/londonforfree/tp/freetoilets.htm
    Have a wonderful time and head to Dalston Mills Fabrics for an Aladdin’s cave shopping experience if you get a chance. Stop off at The Market Bar or any of the cafΓ©s nearby, bags of fun!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      Ooh, sounds fun! Thanks for the tips πŸ˜€

  23. Alicia @ Pandora Sews October 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Such awesomeness! I am very impressed with your topstitching, and that plaid matching is really great.

  24. Heather M October 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Great stitching and CUTE pieces! Another inspiration!
    Fyi, some credit cards charge WAY less than others per use & better exchange rate. I got one from my credit union for just that reason, with a pretty low, but enough, limit for my trip last spring. AMEX charges merchants so much a lot don’t take it.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      I checked with my bank and they charge 3% (plus whatever the going exchange rate is), so I think that’s pretty good!

  25. ekabby111 October 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    I’m so disappointed in your for your leather usage. No, that’s not right — I’m absolutely disgusted.

    How could you only use those teeny tiny pieces? WHAT A WASTE.

    • Sandra October 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Ha! I was thinking along the same lines. Make it out of fur if you like! That case really is fucking adorable.

      • ekabby111 October 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

        I have some of my grandma’s furs and everyone’s like “YOU CAN’T WEAR THOSE! #CRUELTY”

        And I’m all “You’re just jealous, boo.”

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      BECAUSE THAT LEATHER WAS DAMN EXPENSIVE AND I WANT IT TO LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. haha!

      • BeckyLeeSews October 25, 2014 at 7:56 am #

        Not only do I adore anything made with fine quality leather, I make my own! I have a cattle ranch and each year we butcher one young bovine (usually male) to fill the freezer, and I send the skin to a friend who tans it for me for purses, slipper bottoms, Christmas gifts, etc. Or he’ll leave the fur on for cool table runners. All you bunny huggers need to get real and can KMA. Oh, and stay out of South Texas.

  26. Indoor Kitty October 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Making your own travel accessories is the only way to go. Every time I buy something, I always wind up adding hanging loops or snipping a stitch here and there to get it to work. Someday I’m going take my own advice, make a toiletry bag from scratch and do away with this Frankenstein mess.

    I would also like to second Hannah’s declaration that you should tell your critics to kiss your ass. Haters gonna hate, and yours is one of the least “sell-y” blogs I read. (Seriously tired of clicking a post about organizing baby toys and discovering yet another novel about those damn Cricut scrapbook cutter machines. Mommy blogs are the worst. That’s why I come here and bitch at you.) πŸ™‚

    When it comes to your travel finances, you will need both your credit and debit cards. Debit card for the ATM, and CC for other purchases. (The ATM fees are a rip off, but still better than the airport currency exchange.) If you can get your credit card company to give you a chip and pin card, do it. Most kiosk type things won’t work with US cards. Either way, call your bank ahead of time and tell them your travel dates. I’m a Discover person, which isn’t accepted anywhere in Europe, but I called them, too, and told them that I would be out of the country for a month and that the only thing that should come through would be my phone bill.

    The neck pillows are a waste, IMO. What I want on a flight is lumbar support. I have an inflatable neck pillow, but I use it in the small of my back. I also always pack a change of underpants, toothbrush/toothpaste, and zip lock bag of baby wipes in my carry on. If I can change my underwear, brush my teeth, and wash my face, my attitude is so much better. (The baby wipes are handy for a quick airport layover “whore bath,” too.)

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      I just didn’t want a shitstorm in the comments over the leather! I’ve had that happen before (different platform, obviously) and, ugh, never again. A good half of the comments then were complaining that they didn’t want to look at it in the first place, which, I get – so now people have an option to opt out if they want. But yeah, you’re both right – haters gonna hate. I’m just trying to create as little waves as possible, at least in a few areas πŸ™‚

      Also, I totally bought one of those pillows anyway. HAHA! I have been thinking about getting one for car rides anyway, and I found a nice one for $11, sooo πŸ˜›

      ALSO, I’m really really really pleased that you just used the term “whore’s bath” here. really.

      • thingsimakeplusrocks October 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        My Great Grandma used to call those little bottles of body mist spray “whore’s bath”, which nearly killed me for laughing when I heard her spout that out then wink at me.

    • BeckyLeeSews October 25, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      “Whore bath” is now in my vocabulary. Muchas gracias!

  27. Cat October 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    These are adorable! But please tell me I’m not the only one who got a giggle out of you using “mega expensive Pro Weft Shit Crisp Fusible Interfacing”. It just seems…unsanitary, no matter how crispy it is. πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      HAHAHA!! Ah, my true colors are showing again! Better correct that πŸ˜‰

  28. Heather October 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    These both look awesome! You are totally inspiring me to make some travel gear!

  29. Evie October 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    You may be a weirdo, but you’re an awesome weirdo with really bitchin’ travel gear. πŸ™‚

  30. thingsimakeplusrocks October 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Ooo cute! Love the plaid! I’ve been thinking of sewing a travel set, and now I think I need to do it in plaid too. πŸ™‚

  31. emcclure2010 October 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    So cute! I am at a conference and wish I’d thought about making new luggage accessories! lol of course the pencil skirt is still sitting waiting for hem and waistband sooo…

  32. Heather Lou October 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    So awesome. I love your commitment to a travel wardrobe. And you’re minding me how DESPERATELY i need a new make-up kit for my purse. Next week on the list. xoxoox

  33. Molly October 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    I am kind of in love with these! They feed my need for anything related to travel (small bags, super packable clothes, mini sized everything lol)

    One question though, how did you go about adding the leather on the front of the passport wallet? I keep looking at the pics and just can’t figure it out – did you just topstitch it all on?

  34. Lola October 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Sleeping Mask you say?

    • BeckyLeeSews October 25, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      Ohhh! I adore this!

  35. jay October 25, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Not weird at all. I got the make-your-own-travel-tote bug a couple of years ago. Its great to have pockets that fit what you actually take.

  36. fionaparker17 October 25, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    I love making shit like this! Loving the matching plaid and that topstitching on the leather…drool. Reading this has got me mega excited about you getting here!

  37. BeckyLeeSews October 25, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Keeping up the bag making skills is nothing to apologize for at all. I whipped up a tablet cover in kitty fabric for a birthday present, complete with a customized label for the new owner, and became a hero instantly upon gifting. Two and a half years later, she is still using it daily. I used up stash scraps and I feel a sense of gratification every time I see it. I’m all over that wallet and will probably make one today. One of my fave travel makes is a cross body bag with a zipper pouch on the outside for my phone. The bag is sleek enough to cling to my side without being like a hunch back that takes more space than it needs when crushed in a city bus and being cross-body, nobody’s going to snag it off my shoulder in a crowded street and it leaves both my hands free while shopping, eating, etc.

    Being a world traveler when in the military, I whole heartedly agree that you should leave the debit card at home. Credit card purchases are protected with something like insurance offered by the credit card company. If the purchase is found not to be yours, they will forgive the debt without much hassle because “real money” has not yet exchanged hands and really doesn’t until you pay the bill. Debit purchases however, are withdrawn directly from your checking account which does involve “real money” in real-time and banks are loath to reimburse those actual funds without an ass-load of grief. While it used to be that you needed to use a PIN for every debit purchase, that’s no longer the case. As far as needing a PIN with your credit card, that’s only for cc’s issued overseas. The US only instituted the PIN mandate for cc’s on Oct 15 this year. The cc companies are just now getting with the program so you probably won’t need a PIN to make cc purchases. (Sorry, I’m an IT security geek by day and I can’t help myself!)

  38. sallie October 25, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Ahh! These are adorable! Love the plaid, I think it’s a great use for your random bit of yardage! I’ve never made anything like this, but I really would like to try out the Portside travel kit because… just because! And now you’re making me think that I could probably whip up a pretty decent looking wallet out of my leather scraps since my current wallet is… sad.

  39. Lori October 25, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Your travel accessories are great! Something else you might want to sew are packing cubes. I bought mine at REI, but you could easily stitch up some cute ones. They keep your clothes neat and separated and you can pack them tightly if you need to.

    As for travel advice, maybe I can help. I travel quite a bit – 31 countries so far and I currently live in Germany. In London and Paris, you’ll be safe walking around with your debit card, money, etc. if you are just aware of your surroundings and where your wallet, camera or any bags are. Ignore the people who approach you with a “found” ring or necklace. Ignore anyone who approaches you checking for counterfeit money (friend of a friend fell for that in Budapest). Ignore the “deaf” children in Paris who want you to sign something. If someone spills something on you, be aware it could be a scam to distract you (it happened to me in Buenos Aires). Be aware in crowded metros, especially near the door where someone can grab and run (witnessed an attempt in London). Keep your wallet in a zippered part of your purse and keep it near you (i.e., not in a backpack). If your hotel room has a safe, leave your passport and credit cards in there. You’ll want your debit card for the ATM though – much better exchange rate. Since your CC probably won’t work for ticket machines and may not work at restaurants who use mobile devices, you’ll need cash for things like that. I actually use cash for just about everything, except hotel rooms. As far as toilets, the public, kiosk ones in Paris are free and they self-clean between use. There’s also always Burger King, KFC and McDonalds, although sometimes you need a code on a receipt to use the restroom. Or stop for a coffee and use the restroom there.

    Have a fantastic time and be sure to go to the fabric stores near Sacre Coeur!

  40. Erika October 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Love it! I kinda wish I’d done the same thing before I went OS. Next time hey? Keep up with the crafty stuff, nice to read about something slightly different πŸ™‚

  41. addie marie October 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    The paid bathrooms is a huge issue, really! My brother and I traveled Europe this summer and after paying once to use the restrooms in a train station in Madrid, we decided, “Never again!” and started stopping into bars to buy drinks and then use their restrooms. Felt like we were getting more out of it that way! Maybe counter productive, though? Anyway, your bags are adorable and I’m now giving my disgusting old makeup bag the side eye. It’s been so much fun to read about your trip planning!

  42. missjoiedevivre November 18, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    As I’m packing tonight for a brief work trip to Aus, I’m regretting not having stuff this nice to use. I’m still using a bag I was given 20 years ago. And it wasn’t pretty then.

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