Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial

Finally some new content! Yay! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything new and hopefully this will make up for it. I’m about to embark on an exciting new project that will have me tied up for about 2 months so before I jump into that I wanted to make sure to get you an all new tutorial. This one is a bit more quick and dirty than usual since I’m pressed for time lately but you can do it. That’s what Google’s for. No idea how to make a circle if I give you the radius? No problem, Google it, you’ll be fine.

So why a Vampire Squid bag? Well, Marian’s really in to deep sea creatures, her favorite is a vampire squid, and basically everything I do these days is Marian oriented so there you go. Vampire squid everything. The duffel is sized for almost anything but this one I’m calling a toddler overnight bag because that’s what it’s perfect for in my house. A change of clothes, jammies, a stuffie or two, teeny tiny toddler toothbrush, it all fits perfectly. But I won’t judge if you make one and use it as a purse though. I’m super tempted and it might just happen. It would be a shame for all that hard work to sit in the closet waiting for an overnight adventure.

Lucy Blaire Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial

If you would like to make your bag a vampire squid bag also, download the PDF design here and then print it out any size you wish. If you or your child prefer something less slimy and creepy then by all means create your own design following the instructions for a quick stamp below. This stamp method is one I’ve been using for a while to create things very quickly but please keep in mind it’s rather primitive and isn’t meant to be a forever stamp. It’s really the lowest of the low, “I want to do something, I want to do it now, and I don’t care to take the time to do it properly”. If you’re cool with that then this is the method for you.

One other note before we begin, after stamping I realized I didn’t have a cool color zipper, my handles were boring, etc etc so I outlined all the squids with florescent pink Sharpie fabric marker to give a little pizzazz. It took FOREVER, but looks amazing, so it’s up to you and really depends on how much time you have to devote to this. I also thought if you wanted to get crazy-crazy then embroidering a line around a couple of strategic squids in the pattern would look great too.



Make Your Stamp

1. To make your stamp, draw the design you want onto the foam side of the foam sheet. If you have lettering or anything make sure to do it backwards.

2. Cut the design out, peel off the paper backing, and stick it to the clear stamp block.

Lucy Blaire Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial Stamp Making

Print Your Fabric:

1. Draw a 25″ x 15 3/4″ rectangle onto the canvas as well as 2 circles each with a radius of 4 1/4″. Do not cut the pieces out on the lines just yet, simply cut around them so they’re easier to handle.

2. Place your fabric on a hard surface (cover the surface if necessary to avoid getting paint on it) for stamping. Use an ink pad or fabric paint to ink your stamp. In this case I used a brayer and silkscreen paint to ink my stamp.

3. Once the ink has dried, follow the manufacturers instructions on heat setting.



Stitch Up The Bag:

1. Place the 2 raw ends of the webbing together, right sides facing (if both sides are the same then just decide which is the “right” side and “wrong” side and mark it somehow), and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam.

2. Finger press the seam open and stitch down either side of the first seam, about 1/8″ away, to keep the ends of the webbing lying flat.

Lucy Blaire Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial

3. On the printed canvas rectangle use a fabric marking pen to map out the placement of the handles (on the right side of the bag) using the diagram below. Stitch the handles onto canvas right side facing up.

Lucy Blaire Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial

4. Fold the canvas into a loop and pin together the 15″ ends, right sides facing. Baste stitch closed with a 1/2″ seam. Unpin and press the seam open.

5. Switch the presser foot to a zipper foot and flip the bag right side out. Lay the zipper face down on top of the seam on the wrong side of the bag. Top stitch down both sides of the zipper right up next to it.

6. Use a seam ripper to remove the original baste stitch revealing the zipper.

7. Pin 1 canvas circle onto each end of the bag body, right sides facing. Stitch around each end with a 3/8″ seam. Unpin.

8. Cover the seams anyway you like such as zig zag stitching, serging, or in my case, I covered them with binding tape.

9. Flip the bag right side and you’re done!


As I’ve said, this is a much quicker, more cut to the chase tutorial than I usually do so if you have any questions please please please feel free to leave them below in the comment section and I will answer as soon as I can!

I can’t wait to see how they come out! Feel free to post your progress or finished pieces on Instagram with the hashtag #LucyBlaireMiniDuffel.



Lucy Blaire Vampire Squid Mini Duffel Tutorial

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