I love these overnight bags. They are $225 at the Smithsonian Store.
I think if I added up the cost of all the items I might put in an overnight bag, the total would still fall far short of $225!
But, with the overflowing Stash, I decided to make an overnight bag (for considerably less capitol investment!)
The Smithsonian bags are sewn from tapestry and faux fur. It is not that The Stash doesn’t contain those fabrics – it does – but I wanted a more colorful fabric.
The Stash contained a beautiful large butterfly print – it is silk and only 30″ wide! Silk with a white background is not a great choice for luggage – so some red ultra-suede-esque fabric was used for the base.
The Stash includes some very long upholstery zippers (still bearing the 50 cent clearance price tag) and some green twill tape, but I purchased some heavier blue nylon strapping to layer with the green for the handles.
The bag dimensions are larger than the Smithsonian’s. I cut the bag to be maximum size allowed for carry-on luggage.
The finished bag is so colorful – and lightweight!
As with most things sewing, the initial attempt required revision. I did not think I had any batting, so I tried Trimtex.
On a smaller bag, the Trimtex might work, but at this size, the stiffness of the Trimtex prevented the bag from fitting in the sewing machine!
Batting was found (in the den – right where I “stored” it) and the bag remade. The Trimtex was re-used to stiffen the base.
The Destashification Overnighter also has two large outside pockets. One is a double pocket with a zipper on the outside.
The Smithsonian bags have a double-ended but short zipper – the bags just unzip at the top. The Destashification Bag has a 50+ inch zipper that extends from the base to base! This allows the bag to open much like a suitcase!
Colorful! Easy access to all things packed! Carry-on size! Wear resistant base! And all for less than $15!
Now if I can just find something to spend that $210 on!!!!!