The Ginormous Gym Bag
Modified Butterick 5475
Because I go to the gym to run in winter and when the weather is bad and then have to pick up my kids from school and run errands, I have to pack all sorts of stuff. My current bag is a bit too small and doesn't have all the features that I want, so it was time to make a new bag.
What I wanted was a bag that:
- was wide enough to put in a pair of running shoes so they sit flat on the bottom, side by side
- had pockets for all the body wash, shampoo, etc.
- had an inside zippered pocket
- had a key clip
- was big enough for a towel and complete change of clothes, not to mention snacks and water botttle
- had a waterproof, easy to clean lining
- did NOT look like a typical gym bag.
You'll notice some features are missing, such as the outside pocket. I have no use for this, so there was no point in making it. I also did not like the rounded bulbs at the ends of the straps, so I made my straps simple. To get the size I wanted, I added 5" to the length and 2 1/2" to the width; the height was just fine. The outer fabric is home dec fabric reinforced with one layer of heavy fusible craft interfacing. The bottom has a layer of Peltex fused to it.
You can sort of get a sense for how big this bag really is by looking at the scale of the print below and comparing it to the finished bag above - that is an 18" ruler on the fabric.
The black accents were made from some leather that I reclaimed from an old coat of my husband's. It is too large for him, had a small tear on the shoulder and is a bit out of style. That's a lot of nice leather, just waiting to be reclaimed!
For the lining, I chose oilcoth because it is fairly durable and can be wiped clean, which is ideal for bringing home wet towels and dirty gym clothes. I've added a row of pockets on the one side and a big zippered pocket on the other side in addition to the key clip. Yes, that's a regular-sized (not bath sheet) towel in there with my running shoes.
In the end, I think this will work - it has everything I want and does not look like a typical gym bag.
Parting Shot: No Glasses. That's right, no glasses. She's got contacts now, too. I wanted to wait a couple more years for this next step. With her prescription being so strong now, she's losing more and more of her peripheral vision. The doctor actually recommended the contacts as being better for her in this regard, so I relented. We'll see how her eyes are doing at next week's check-up.