My Handmade Vacation Travel Goodies!

As promised, here are a few shots of the handmade goodies I took to the beach this year!

2014-07-24 15.24.22Because this year I traveled alone with the boys, I needed a larger carry-on for my goodies as well as travel/boy/emergency supplies (meaning snacks).  I chose to make the Aeroplane Bag by Sara Lawson/Sew Sweetness.  I have tested a ton of her patterns and have made almost all of them at some point except this one. It has the shape and size I was looking for and turned out perfect for me.

2014-07-24 15.26.41One rule I gave myself was to use materials I had on hand to make my travel goodies. NO fabric shopping! So for the Aeroplane Bag I went into my scrap bins and was able to find 1 1/2″ cotton webbing for straps, linen for the base and a light blue distressed polka dot fabric for the interior.  My exterior were large panels of Tula Pink’s Saltwater Line I had already made by large strip piecing. All I didwas to quilt it over the interfacing and trim it to fit the pattern. Easy-Peasy!

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You can tell just how roomy this bag is by all I can fit in it!  I was able to fit my cell phone, iPad, a drink/snacks, wallet, book, and a charger in addition to the the quilted folder you see above.  I blogged about that little pretty HERE. I put our travel and car rental plans in the folder as well as a magazine and my iPad. I also put 4 pockets in the interior of my Aeroplane Bag for quick reach items.

2014-07-24 15.25.35The last item I made was a slightly modified version of Ayumi’s (Pink Penguin) Lunch Bag Tutorial. I found Ayumi’s blog shortly after I started sewing again and this was the first accessory I made. For my version I used simple linen exterior with Trefle by KOKKA for the interior.  Such a soft fabric with the cutest little Tinkerbells – as my 7yo called them!  I put my hexie kit inside here along with some linen to practice embroidery stitches and sashiko. The top of this bag does have a drawstring, but I fold it over the exterior when it’s in use, like you see above.

Well, there you have it.  My vacation travel set.  So comfortable to use on my trip and as a bonus it fit under the seat for easy access with no problems. Win-Win all around!  Cindy

Virginia Beach 2014!

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Oh Virginia Beach, how I love you so…. Last week was our annual family vacation at the beach. We’ve been able to stay in the same beach house for the past 5 years, so it’s such a sense of comfort to walk up the familiar stairs and sit at the same place on the beach.  This year was a little more subdued for us as the hubby had a business conference in NC at the same time causing him to {Read More}

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The Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour (Day 5)


Hi everyone!  If you are visiting from Radiant Home Studio I welcome you to Raspberry Sunshine! My name is Cindy and I am a SAHM to 3 wonderful boys and wife to my HS sweetheart. We currently live in the Central New York area, but if you read my blog often you know that can change every few years!  I have had a love of handbags since I was a little girl, so when my youngest finally started school I {Read More}

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A Video Tutorial Find With A Twist!

Greetings from a beautiful Thursday morning at Virginia Beach!  I am up early with my morning cup of coffee and enjoying a few minutes of quiet before the house wakes up.  I’ve gone through my e-mails, checked all my favorite social outlets and even edited a few pictures (thank you caffeine!).  As I was looking through some new Pinterest links I found this cute little coin pouch tutorial. After saving it to my DIY Board I clicked over to watch {Read More}

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The Retro Rucksack Pattern Inspiration Tour ~ Coming soon ~

Check out Raspberry Sunshine July 18th when I will be part of Friday’s stop for the Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour by Radiant Home Studio! I will be sharing my finished Rucksack along with some tips and an overall review of the pattern.  If you are looking for a unique bag design with several carrying options, this may be the one for you! Here are the stops for the Inspiration Tour: Monday, July 14th Radiant Home Studio || Sweeter Than Cupcakes Tuesday, July {Read More}

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