Category Archives: Echino Duffle

Finished Duffel

With a bulk of the work behind me, all I had left with my Echino duffel was to attach the ends. This was really straightforward, but the only drawback is that the inside leaves you with some exposed ‘raw’ edges. I fixed this by zigzagging the edges to give it a bit of a cleaner look – I may just serge them in the future.
So, what were my overall impressions? This particular bag wasn’t as easy as what I found other Echino patterns – not all the steps were illustrated which makes you stop to think what you should be doing in between. Consequently, I’d recommend this project for someone with some bag making experience or at the very least an intermediate sewer. Additionally, if you’re turned off by exposed seams, I wouldn’t recommend this either as the way this duffel is constructed, there’s no way around them. I’m also not thrilled with how it’s put together, especially the zipper area (you can read more about that in yesterday’s post) and the handles. I think in the future, I’ll take a different approach with both of these. With that said, I do love the finished bag – it’s size is perfect for making it an overnighter (although it turned out much smaller looking than I anticipated even though the measurements are spot on….. could it be the camera angle on the pattern cover?) and I think the outside pocket is a cute touch. Best of all, I got try out a new foot for my Bernina…. a piping foot! This was the first time I’ve ever used one (I’ve been using the zipper foot method previously) and loved it! I’m hoping to put together a tutorial in the coming weeks as I get more adept at using it.

Duffel, Part 1

There are so many things that I should be doing, but instead, I decided to work on the Echino Duffel. There are a few steps that are not illustrated, which made me sit and think about what to do in between, but so far, it’s easy to put together. One thing that I don’t like about the pattern is the way they have you attaching the zipper (basically pressing down the seam allowances on both the main fabric and the lining then sandwiching the zipper in between the fabrics). Personally, I think that you would be more likely to ‘miss’ the lining fabric when stitching it down because it could shift during sewing. Instead of following the directions, I used the zipper method for the box bag. It’s an extra step or two, but totally worth it as far as results go.

Echino Duffle

I’ve been busy cleaning up the t-shirt design for Taylor’s party (and attempting to find a font that might work with it) so while I’m fiddling with Paint Shop, I’ve been plotting my next sewing project…… the Echino Duffle. For this one, I’m using a fun tattoo print that I picked up this winter at Hancock Fabrics and a matching pink lining fabric I found in my stash (all the info is up on the sidebar). I think this might make a good swim bag for Taylor this year!
While this isn’t my first Echino pattern I’ve worked with, I will say this one has made me stop and think a bit more. Although most of the steps are illustrated, there are a few that aren’t which has made me try to figure out what I’ve missed! I believe that I have it all worked out as to how it’s put together, but if you’re planning on make this one for yourself, I would recommend that you either have a background in Japanese (or familiar with how their patterns ‘work’) andor have some bag making experience under your belt. Although these aren’t complicated patterns to put together, working from an unfamiliar language may leave you stumped.