Aspen Toiletry Bag

Everyone has that person on their list who is impossible to buy for. Make that a thing of the past and whip up one of these attractive toiletry bags! With subdued heathered shades of wool and a leather handle, Aspen is perfect for the hard-to-buy for man in your life.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 10” long x 4” tall x 6” wide

Gauge: 22 sts and 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Linen Stitch after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted (100% Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 13110 Flint (A, 1 hank), 13106 Lichen (B, 1 hank)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 32” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, 12” closed bottom zipper, sewing needle and thread, ½ yd lining fabric, ½ yd heavy duty fusible interfacing, one 0.25” x 8” piece of leather

Special Stitches

Striped Linen Stitch (worked over an odd number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): With B, *k1, sl pwise wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2 (WS): With B, *sl 1 pwise wyib, p1; rep from * to last st, sl 1 pwise wyib.

Rows 3-4: With A, rep Rows 1-2.

Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This lined bag is made of two identical pieces that are seamed together at various places to form a boxy bag shape. Depending on the thickness of your leather, you may require a heavy duty needle in order to sew through it.

Pattern

Bag Side (make 2)

With A, CO 149 sts.

Purl a WS row.

Beg with Row 1, work in Striped Linen Stitch patt for 30 rows.

BO 48 sts at beg of next 2 rows. (53 sts)

Cont in patt, work even in patt for 40 more rows.

BO all sts in patt.

Finishing

Block pieces to finished measurements.

Lining

Using Bag Side as a template, cut two pieces of fusible interfacing. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of lining fabric. Cut out lining fabric, adding ½” seam allowance on all sides. Sew side, bottom edge, center bottom seams, and top edge (leaving zipper placement edge unsewn) using diagram as a guide, matching colored seam lines to each other. Repeat seaming for other side of lining. On one Bag side, leave 1¼” unsewn at one side for leather handle to fit through.

Fold unsewn zipper placement edge under along seam allowance. Steam seams.

For knitted bag: Sew side, bottom edge, center bottom seams, and top edge (leaving zipper placement edge unsewn) using diagram as a guide, matching colored seam lines to each other. Repeat seaming for other side of bag. Steam seams.

Assembly

Place lining into bag, with WS of lining into WS of bag. Insert each side of leather piece into indicated spot along side. Sew to inside of lining. Tighten up lining and bag seams around handle if needed. Sandwich zipper between lining and bag along top edge between layers. Sew into place by hand, using short stitches and backstitching every inch.

Weave in ends.

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