• Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls

    The final step in our Portside Dopp Kits is to add the decorative zipper pulls.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    This is an optional step but I think it makes the set look a bit more polished and the leather pulls are easier to grab than the metal pulls. Begin by tracing your pull tab piece out onto your leather scrap. I traced mine with a white gel pen, but a sharpie will also work if you’re using a lighter colored leather.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Cut two pulls and trim any jagged edges that may have occurred while cutting.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    On the pattern piece you’ll see a short line on one end of the pull that says “Cut Slit Here,” you’ll need to cut that line open on your leather pieces so that you can attach the pull.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Using an exacto knife, cut from the edges to the center to ensure that you don’t accidentally cut through the edge! You can see my slit above.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Now thread one end of the leather pull through the hole in your zipper pull as shown above.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Feed the rear end of the pull through the slit you cut in the other end.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Pull the end through the slit until the leather pull is flat.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

    Repeat this step for the other zipper and your bag is complete and ready to keep or gift!

    Patterns used in this tutorial

    Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Today we’ll be inserting the lining of our bag. To do this requires a bit of hand sewing so get out those hand needles and a thimble if you have one and lets get to it!

    Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    To begin turn the shell of the dopp inside out and the lining right side out. Place the shell inside the lining.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Align the edge of the lining around the zipper evenly as shown. Pin in place and get out that needle and thread.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Slipstitch the lining to the zipper, making sure you don’t go through to the bag shell. I doubled up my thread for this application for extra strength because I can be pretty rough on things, but if you’re a more gentile human than I, feel free to use one strand of thread.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Work your way around the opening of the bag, knotting off your thread when you’re done. Your bag is now lined!

    Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Flip it right side out and arrange the lining into the bottom of the bag. We’re almost done, just the zipper pulls left. Unless you’re omitting those, in that case then you’re done!

    Patterns used in this tutorial

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining

    Today we’ll be assembling the dopp kit lining, this should all seem a bit familiar from the previous assembly steps, but you’ll breeze through it because no zippers!

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    To begin, fold and press under the seam allowance under along the zipper edges of both top lining pieces (piece 14). If you adjusted this amount based on the width of your zipper teeth you’ll need to keep that in mind here.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    With right sides facing, pin the lining ends to the top pieces as shown. Sew along the ½″ seam line.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    Press the seam allowances down towards the bottom of the bag. Your piece will look like the image above.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    Using the same technique we used to assemble the body, attach the front and back panels to the side panel. We graded our seam allowances down to 1/8″ instead of clipping the curve to show you another way to achieve the same end, but you can do whichever you feel more comfortable. To learn more about this method for getting smooth curves, check out this post.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    Once our front and back panels were attached we topstitched along the panel seams to match the stitching we did on the outside of the bag. This is completely optional and doesn’t affect the function of the bag at all.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio

    Attach the bottom using the same method as for the shell and you’re finished! Our next step will be attaching the lining to the bag, then we’re nearly finished!

    Patterns used in this tutorial

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining | Grainline Studio
  • Last Chance for 20% Off!

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    Just a friendly reminder, today is the last day of the Give Thanks Sale. So if you are still contemplating a purchase, you have until midnight tonight to make your decision!

    Use the code GIVETHANKS2018 at checkout to take 20% off your pattern order at checkout.

    The details on this years Give Thanks Sale are as follows…
    -Sale includes both digital and printed patterns.
    -The sale excludes wholesale orders, gift cards, and the Stowe Bag.
    -Enter the code GIVETHANKS2018 at checkout for 20% off your purchase.
    -The sale ends at 11:59 CST on Monday November, 26th. No exceptions.
    -Make sure you enter the code exactly as written above.
    -We are unable to retroactively apply the discount if you forget to apply it at checkout so don’t forget!

    How to Apply the Discount

    To enter your discount code follow the steps below when you get to the checkout page. Be sure your code applies because we are unable to retroactively apply the discount!

    Give Thanks Sale | Grainline Studio
    1. Click the text link to reveal the coupon box
    2. Type the text GIVETHANKS2018 exactly as written here into the coupon box and press enter (PC) or return (Mac) to apply the code.
    3. Complete the rest of your purchase as usual.

    If you have questions about this process please email us at orders@grainlinestudio.com before placing your order. Thanks!

  • Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body

    In today’s Portside Dopp sew-along post we’ll be assembling the body of the bag using the pieces we made in our previous post.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    First we’ll need to secure the carrying strap to the front panel of the bag, this is the panel with the zipper pocket. The placement doesn’t need to be exact, for this example I placed it half on the green upper fabric and half on the camo lower fabric. Another popular placement, and the one we reference in the instruction booklet is aligning it so the top of the strap hits the seam of the side panel. Anywhere in that general area is fine though.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Align the lower portion of the side panels with the lower portion of the pocket panel with right sides facing. Pin in place.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Now match the notches at the center of each panel and place a pin in that spot.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Now it’s time to align the rest of the seam line. Keep in mind that we are aligning a straight edge with a convex curve so the edges of both pieces will not be the same length. Rather, you will need to match the seam lines of the two pieces – which you should be doing anyway when you sew, but it’s especially important here. If you need help with the theory behind concave & convex curves, check out our post here.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Sew along the seam line of where you just pinned. Check to make sure you don’t have any tucks, and if you do, fix them now.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Bring the strap over to the other side of the center panel and baste it in place even with the side that’s been attached.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Repeat the previous steps to attach the other side of the bag and grade the seam allowances down as shown above. We cut ours in half, then trimmed the center panel down in half again. Then press the seam allowances towards the center panel.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    You can see on my bag since the green wasn’t pressing super crisply, I topstitched through the center panel and seam allowance to get a sharp edge. This is completely optional.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Now flip your bag inside out and make sure the top zipper is open. This is important because we’re about to attach the bottom of the bag!

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Place the bag bottom with the right side facing into the bag. Align and pin the center panel notches.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    You can pin the entire bottom in at this point if you’d like, but I’m going to show you the way that I’ve found works best for me. Start by pinning one long side of the bag from end to end.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Head over to your machine and start at the point where the seam allowances meet at one end and stitch to that point on the other end, marked with a pin in this photo.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Stop with your needle down at this point.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Lift your foot and pivot the bag so that you’re ready to sew along the next edge. Continue on and repeat these steps at each of the 4 corners.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Your bag now looks something like this.

     

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Flip your bag right side out to make sure that you don’t have any tucks before we move onto the next steps. Fixing them will be much harder once we’ve clipped the corners!

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    When you’re free of tucks, clip off the corners of the bag bottom. I do not grade or trim the bottom seam allowances of the bag, since that’s the seam that will get the most stress I like to leave it as is. You will, however, need to press the seam allowances towards the bottom of the bag.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Once your seam allowances are pressed, head over to your machine and topstitch through the bottom of the bag and the seam allowance to keep the seam allowances anchored in place and provide extra strength. I like to do one seam about 1/16 – 1/8″ away from the seam line, then another ¼″ in from that stitching line. I find it easier to get into the corners of the bag around my machine’s free arm then when it’s set into my table.

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio

    Here you can better see the two lines of stitching. That’s it for the body of the bag, set it aside and next we’ll assemble the lining!

    Patterns used in this tutorial

    Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body | Grainline Studio
  • Give Thanks Pattern Sale!

    Give Thanks Sale | Grainline Studio

    It’s that time of year again, where we start looking back on the previous months and planning for the upcoming year. We have a lot to be thankful for around Grainline HQ, but most of all you! We love interacting with each and every one of you who’ve sewn a pattern, commented on a post, emailed us, etc. To show our appreciation we hold one sale a year, which starts today! Use the code GIVETHANKS2018 at checkout to take 20% off your pattern order.

    The details on this years Give Thanks Sale are as follows…
    -Sale includes both digital and printed patterns.
    -The sale excludes wholesale orders, gift cards, and the Stowe Bag.
    -Enter the code GIVETHANKS2018 at checkout for 20% off your purchase.
    -The sale ends at 11:59 CST on Monday November, 26th. No exceptions.
    -Make sure you enter the code exactly as written above.
    -We are unable to retroactively apply the discount if you forget to apply it at checkout so don’t forget!

    How to Apply the Discount

    To enter your discount code follow the steps below when you get to the checkout page. Be sure your code applies because we are unable to retroactively apply the discount!

    Give Thanks Sale | Grainline Studio
    1. Click the text link to reveal the coupon box
    2. Type the text GIVETHANKS2018 exactly as written here into the coupon box and press enter (PC) or return (Mac) to apply the code.
    3. Complete the rest of your purchase as usual.

    If you have questions about this process please email us at orders@grainlinestudio.com before placing your order. Thanks!

    Need Pattern Ideas?

    We released three great new patterns this year, the Yates Coat, the Felix Dress, and the Scout Sleeve Pack and this sale is the first time we’re discounting them! If you’ve had your eye on any of them this year, now’s your first and last time to snag them at a discount until next November!

    Thanks again for supporting this small business, we couldn’t do it without you and we wouldn’t want to do anything else! Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!