The Retreat Bag is a simple zippered pouch with a wide base and a wide structured opening. There is a casing in the top where you insert two wire frames (one on each side), which helps it stay open when open, and helps turn the corners down when closed. It has two optional slip pockets inside and a long zipper that helps it open wide.
The key to having a nicely shaped Retreat Bag is interfacing, interfacing and interfacing. One layer of interfacing and then a layer of fusible fleece on the exterior, in addition to interfacing on the lining and you are all set. Even with the interfacing, it makes up really quickly.
This kit will provide all the pieces you need to make a retreat bag except the pattern and fabric – the pattern is a free download then just add your favourite feature and lining fabric and you are ready to sew.
Finished Size: Length 11″ x Height 6 1/2″ x Depth 7 1/4″
- Stabilisers as recommended: Formwell Fusible Firm (1m); Pellon Fusible (1/2m)
- Wire Stays – Emmaline Bags Style B
- 21″ Zipper + Zipper Pull (I will check with you for colour)
- Leather pieces for zipper tabs
Would you like a complete kit including fabric? See the alternate listing for kits I have put together which includes the pattern, stays, stabilisers and fabric.