Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DIY: TSA Approved Travel Bag

It has been a crazy week with all these meetings and planning sessions on the new business, they didn't lie when they told me having a business would be a 24/7 task so I've been trying to enjoy the process (while avoiding feeling overwhelmed)

These days I also received a lot of questions about the last post (Chichen Itza), it's interesting because I've been contacted by all means except the comments section of the blog, please don't be shy and if you have questions and/or comments don't hesitate in letting me know! (By any mean)

Now back to that amazing vacation in Yucatan I must confess that I had a minor incident, the travel bag I normaly use to carry shampoo, deodorant and hair straightener (among other million things) suffered an "injury", turned out that I didn't realized that I put my hair straightener inside the bag while still warm and being made of plastic it ended up looking like Tommy Lee Jones in that 2-faces character, yeap, the melted side.

I was thinking in getting a new one but then I recalled a nice piece of tweed fabric I have in my closet waiting to be used and I also thought it would be a nice project for the blog, because honestly, I don't think you'll be interested in 20 posts about coasters, so I'm trying to focus on projects that are not only pretty but also useful.

TSA Approved  Travel Bag

Supplies needed:
  1. A piece of plastic (this will depend on the bag size you want)
  2. A small piece of a nice fabric (I used tweed but any resisting fabric that you have is ok)
  3. Zipper 
  4. Matching thread
  5. Scissors 
  6. Pins
  7. Tape measure
  8. Optional: Sewing machine (if you don't have one you can do it by hand or if you are not into sewing you can use a general-purpose glue)

Let's define the size of the bag, in my case I used the exact measures of my melted bag  (25* 32 cm = 10 * 12.5 In) just because I know that is large enough to carry all my toiletries.

Fold your plastic to cut a rectangle in the desired length, this is that you'll get one single piece of plastic, in my case it has a  50 (25*2) * 32 size, it might be easier to understand if you look at the picture.

Now let's cut the fabric; as the fabric piece is only to add some color you can simply cut some rectangles with the width of you bag, I cut 3 pieces of fabric: two that are 10* 32 cm (4 *12.5 in) and one that is 20* 32 cm (8 * 12.5 in) for the bottom of the bag.
Using the pins place the fabric over the plastic.

Sew the middle section of fabric, for the two remaining pieces we are only going to sew the bottom (the top will be sewn later when we add the zipper)

Once the fabric is sewn over the plastic fold the plastic turned around (the fabric must be in the inside), and secure with pins aligning the ends, now we will sew the ends leaving 1 cm from the end.

Turn it around again and with the aid of some pins place the zipper on the top of the bag as closer as possible from the fabric end.

Sew the zipper and voilĂ !

Now the good thing about this bag being transparent is that you can check everything is packed without opening it, it will also help going through the TSA reviews without worrying of loosing something because I just don't enjoy the idea of carrying a zipper bag for my toiletries.

Hope you liked this week's project and decide to give it a try, it only took me a couple of hours and I blame it on the pictures I was taking for each step, so if you are bored and have an hour to kill this might be a good option!

Have a great (rest of the) week,


  1. Love it!!!! super practico y bonito!!

    1. Gracias veci, lo mejor es que si se chorrea que la crema, que el shampoo no se va a mojar toda tu ropa. Te animarás a hacer la tuya?