Free Pattern and Instructions to Make a Fold Up Travel Case

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    Materials Needed to Sew a Fold Up Travel Case

    a free pattern to sew a travel case that folds up compact but holds what you need
    Free Pattern to Sew a Folding Travel Case that You Hang to Use. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This travel case is the perfect solution for not taking up a lot of space but keeping everything you need at hand in a compact manner. A place to carry your toiletries is just one use for this great fold up case. Consider making more than one to hold your on the go sewing, your make up, or to meet any personal need.

    Materials Needed

    • Fabric
      • 1/4 yard of sturdy exterior fabric
      • Scraps of fabric for pockets(see cutting instructions for measurements
    • 1 3/4 yards of 1" wide ribbon,twill tape or double...MORE fold bias tape to enclose the edges of the case.
    • 1/3 yard of 1" wide webbing or twill tape to form a hanger loop and closure
    • Fabric bowl weight interfacing - 8" by 17"
    • 9" zipper or a zipper adjusted to the desired length. How to shorten a zipper
    • 9" of 1/2 inch wide elastic
    • Optional - craft weight fusible interfacing to make the exterior fabric sturdy.
    • Thread to match your fabric - Choosing Thread Color
    • Hook and loop tape
    Cutting Instructions
    • Exterior Fabric - Cut two 9" by 18"
    • Plain Pocket (A) -cut one 7 1/2" by 9"
    • Elastic Topped Pocket (B) - knit or stretch fabric - Cut two 11" by 6"
    • Zippered Pocket (C) - cut one 9" by 5"
    • Closure webbing - Cut one 2 1/2"
    • Hanger webbing - cut one 7"
    • Hook and Loop Tape - Cut one 2 1/2" piece
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  • 02 of 07

    Prepare the Exterior Fabric

    What to mark to place pockets on a folding travel case
    Marking for Pocket Placement. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Apply fusible interfacing to the wrong sides of the exterior fabric. On one piece of the exterior fabric (the one which will be the backside of the pockets so it is actually an interior piece) mark the following:

    • 1 1/2" from the top edge extending the line across the entire piece
    • 5" from the top edge extending the line across the entire piece
    • 7" from the top edge extending the line across the entire piece
    • 12" from the top edge extending the line across the entire piece
    • 13" from...MORE the top edge extending the line across the entire piece
    • Mark the center of the top edge.
    Learn How to Transfer Pattern Markings and The Types of Tools Used
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  • 03 of 07

    Elastic Pocket

    step by step instructions to sew a pocket with an elastic top on this free travel case pattern.
    Sewing the Elastic Topped Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place the fabric wrong sides together, aligning all of the edges.
    • Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew a seam across both of the top 11" edges.
    • Turn right sides out.
    • Press the seams and fold on the seam lines.
    • Press well.
    • Sew a line of top stitching 5/8" from the top folded edge.
    • Insert the elastic in the resulting casing.
    • Stitch the elastic to the ends of the casing.
    • Find and mark the center of the bottom seamed edge.
    • Mark 3 1/2" on each side of the center marking.
    • Sew two rows of basting...MORE stitches along the edge sewing 1/4" or less from the edge.
    • Place the pocket between the 7" and 12" markings on the marked exterior fabric.
    • Match the center bottom of the pocket with the center of the main fabric.
    • Match the ends of the fabric with the side edges of the main fabric.
    • Gather the pocket to fit the main fabric.
    • Sew the pocket to the main fabric sewing as close to the edge of the pocket as possible.
    • Remove the basting stitches.
    • Align the side edges of the pocket with the side edges of the body piece.
    • Pin in place
    • Zigzag the edges together
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  • 04 of 07

    Zippered Pocket

    instructions to sew a pocket that closes with a zipper on a fold up travel case.
    Sewing the Zipper Closure Pocket on a Fold Up Travel Case. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place zipper, pull side down on the right side of a 9" edge of the fabric, aligning the zipper tape edge and the edge of the fabric.
    • Sew the zipper tape to the fabric using the guide on the zipper tape as a guide.
    • Sew a zigzag stitch on the edge of the fabric and zipper tape.
    • Press the fabric to expose the zipper by folding the fabric on the stitch line.
    • Top stitch along the edge of the folded fabric, sewing as close to the edge as possible. (This is a great place to use needle position to place...MORE the stitching where you want it.)
    • Place the un-sewn zipper tape along the marked line with the right sides of the fabric down on the body fabric, matching the guide on the zipper tape with the marked line on the main body fabric.
    • Sew the zipper tape to the marked line.
    • Bring the edges of the pocket to the edges of the body fabric.
    • Align the three edges and zigzag the edges of the pocket to the edges of the body fabric.
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  • 05 of 07

    Top Straight Pocket

    Sewing the top pocket on a fold up travel case using this free pattern.
    Sewing the Top Straight Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the fabric in half on the 7" edge forming a 3 1/2" by 9" rectangle.
    • Press the fold well.
    • Top stitch the folded edge, sewing 1/4" or less from the fold.
    • Align the un-sewn 9" edges.
    • Sew a line of stitching 1/8" from the edge.
    • Fold and press the raw edge to the inside of the pocket section.
    • Align the fold with the second line on the body fabric.
    • Pin in place.
    • Sewing as close to the folded under edge as possible, sew the bottom of the pocket to the body fabric.
    • Align and zigzag...MORE the edges to the edges of the body fabric.
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  • 06 of 07

    Closure and Hanger

    How to sew the closure and hanger on this free fold up travel case pattern
    Sewing the Hanger and Closure on the Fold Up Travel Case. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Use a flame to gently melt the ends of the webbing once it is cut to size.

    The Closure

    • Sew the hook side of the hook and loop tape to one side of the closure webbing.
    • Place the closure webbing hook side down, centered on the top edge, aligning the edge of the webbing with the edge of the fabric.
    • Sew the webbing to the main body section, using a 1/8" seam allowance.
    • One the outer body fabric piece, measure 5" from the bottom and centered
    The Hanger
    • style="list-style: none">Place...MORE the hanger section 1/4" from the centered closure piece, aligning the fabric edge and end of the hanger piece.
    • Fold the hanger as shown in the photo, bringing the opposite end of the hanger to the other side of the closure piece.
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  • 07 of 07

    Final Assembly

    mitering corners and over lapping the ribbon to enclose the raw edge from where you started
    Finishing the Edges of the Travel Case. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using the body piece with the pockets attached and the plain body piece with the loop of the hook and loop tape attached, lay the pieces with the wrong sides together, aligning the edges.
    • Sandwich the fabric bowl weight interfacing between the pieces of fabric, centering it so that it will not be caught in stitching that will be applied to the edges of the fabric.
    • Zigzag the edges to hold the pieces together.
    • Fold the ribbon or twill tape in half and press well matching the edges at the length of...MORE the ribbon.
    • Starting at the center bottom of the case, fold the ribbon over the edge. Use a straight pin to make sure the edges are even on both sides of the body of the case.
    • Miter the corners. (Bring the ribbon to the farthest edge and then fold it back on itself to form a corner)
    • Continue all the way around the case and fold over the end of the ribbon when you reach the center bottom.
    • Over lap the ribbon by 1" to enclose the first raw edge of the ribbon.
    • Sew the ribbon or twill tape in place by sewing as close to the edge as possible. Be sure you have caught the underside in your stitching.