Designer Brenda Miller walks you through construction of the Voyager Bag in this series of video lessons.
- Sew in the familiar comfort of your own home.
- Make your bag on your own schedule.
- Unlimited access. Log in whenever you'd like.
- Discussion forum where you can ask questions, and see the questions others ask.
Anywhere you can watch a video on your computer or mobile device, you can take this class.
Voyager features a secure zip topped closure, two optional zippered side pockets, and two additional slip pockets inside.
- The padded handles and strap make carrying a breeze.
- Use pre-cut 2 1/2 inch strips or a focus fabric.
- The applique, outer pocket zippers and bag feet are optional.
Finished bag measures 19"(W) x 11 1/2"(H)x 7 1/2"(D)
Voyager Bag Gets Noticed
Fibre Expressions Shop Sample
There are likely hundreds of Voyager Bags voyaging all over the planet now. This one, by shop owner Christine Richardson, might not be going anywhere too soon. It's a shop sample in her store, Fibre Expressions, in Sechelt, B.C. Canada.
Christine made her shop's sample with a lovely Among Brenda's Quilts zipper.
This was made with your Pastel Bali fabric. It is my favourite Yoga Bag. Now I must make a matching phone bag. Thank you for making my first "Brenda" bag easy enough for a newbie.Donna Osborne
I truly enjoyed making this bag and the directions were great!Denise Iwaniw
Even more Voyager Bags
Want to see even more bags made by our customers? Check out this Show 'n Tell gallery of Voyager Bags to see what others have done and get ideas for fabric choices for your own bag.
What you need to make this bag
Intermediate Sewing Skills
You don't have to be an expert seamstress, and no previous bag making experience is required, but you do need sewing skills:
- Ability to follow basic sewing directions for pinning, basting, and stitching.
- Know how to use rotary cutting tools and cutting mats.
- Awareness of pressing techniques.
Sewing bags involves some heavy seams and a sturdy sewing machine in perfect working order is your best bet. The machine does not have to have any fancy stitching capabilities. It should be able to handle some bulk but certainly does not need to be an industrial machine.
• Removable marker
• Jean-a-ma-jig or Hump Jumper
• Masking tape
• Topstitch or Jeans needle 90/14 size
• Hand sewing needle
• Tailor's awl or sharp pointed scissors
• 1/4" foot, zipper foot, (Optional )walking foot
• Rotary cutting tools — rulers, mat, cutter
• Basic sewing supplies
No Pattern Necessary
You do not need to buy the pattern separately as the templates used in the bag are provided as a download in the class, along with a full list of supplies you’ll need.
When you sign up you'll receive a discount code to use at our online store for a finishing kit that includes the hardware, zipper, fleece, and stabilizer that's listed below.
FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
We recommend using quilting weight cottons. Cutting directions are based on a fabric width of 42" of usable fabric.
• Main Fabric — 19 pre-cut 2 1/2" x WOF strips
or 1 1/4 yd, 1.15m
• Contrasting Color — 1 1/8 yd, 1.1m
• Lining — 2 1/4 yd, 2m
• Foam Stabilizer, single-sided fusible like Bosal
In-R Form, ByAnnie's Soft and Stable or Pellon
Flex Foam — 36" x 58"
• Medium-weight interfacing like Pellon Décor
Bond 809 (45" wide) — 1/3 yd, .3m
• Lightweight interfacing like Pellon Shape-Flex
SF101 (20" wide) — 2/3 yd, .6m
• One 30" nylon handbag zipper with one or
two pulls. Both pulls must open from the center.
• Two 22" nylon handbag zippers. Use none,
one or two for outside pockets (optional).
• Bag Hardware — one 1 1/2" bag slider, four
1 1/2" rectangle rings, two 1 1/2" D or O rings,
two 1 1/2" swivel rings, four optional bag feet
• Matching threads.
• (Optional) Double Stick Fusible Web like
All classes come with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you aren't happy with your purchase, simply request a refund within 30 days.