These are my new favorite non-clothing items that I’ve ever made!
I made these travel roll ups for my sister-in-law’s and her husband’s birthdays in December.
I hadn’t made either of them anything yet over the past several years, so I knew I wanted to make them something. My sister-in-law travels a lot for work, but they travel together fairly often, as well. Hence, the idea for a travel organizer.
I am pleased with how they turned out. The design (with the velcro detachable triangular pouches) is just like the toiletry and cosmetic roll up my mom always used from Mary Kay, except the Mary Kay one is boring clear vinyl with black trim. ;P
I’ve seen other travel organizers out there, but they’re usually made with quilting cotton, which can give them an “old lady” vibe. I knew the organizer could be made more “hip” with the right materials. So, I found some nice imitation leathers and medium weight cotton blends for the linings.
Basically every piece of this is interfaced, except for the pouch linings. I stitched the linings and outer pouches separately, so they have a nice, professional finish on the inside (no raw edges or zipper tape showing). This meant that they did require a small bit of hand stitching for the lining at either end of the zipper. Hand stitching is my least favorite thing to do, so these were certainly made with love. ;P
I contemplated adding a handle, but I decided that most of the time a travel roll like this would be inside a suitcase anyway, and then immediately hung up or rolled out.
I already received a couple requests for these roll ups since posting on Instagram, and I added custom listings for these in my Etsy shop (smaller size, larger size) a few weeks back. I have two other imitation leather options: a textured grey with purplish-blue tint and a very dark teal. I’m considering adding an extra-large option for the girl or guy who travels with everything but the kitchen sink. 😉
They are temporarily 10% off, with coupon code 10OFF. So, if you’re interested or know someone who might be interested, now is a great time to place an order.