Courtside Backpack / Racket Tote

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In person with Shanthi Rajan
Cost: $75 + supplies
Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced

Courtside is a spacious hybrid backpack/duffle bag that can fit under the seat on an airplane. It includes features for carrying rackets and slipping over luggage. 

It's also hybrid in its construction: the body of the bag is quilted but the pockets are unquilted for a more modern aesthetic. You’ll love its large easily-accessible interior. Multiple slip and zippered pockets plus expanding dividers organize everything from personal needs to water bottles. Carry with quick-grab handles or use the adjustable padded straps for hands-free carrying as a backpack. A trolley sleeve on back makes travel extra easy!

NOTE: This project has many pieces and multiple layers so is recommended for intermediate to advanced sewists using a sewing machine that can handle bulk. If your machine has an extension table, it is recommended that you bring it. It will help with supporting the bag pieces as you work. You should have successfully completed a variety of bag projects before taking this class.

Finished size:
15"H x 11"W x 4¾"D at top,
15"H x 14½"W x7¼"D at bottom

Class supplies must be purchased from Silk Road Textiles, either in store or through the SRT Online Marketplace. By using our high quality products, you know that you have the right tools and fibers to set you up for success, and we are able to keep our class prices down.

Supplies needed for class, to be purchased at Silk Road Textiles prior to the first day of class.:

Courtside pattern
Main fabric: Either 1-1/2 yards of one fabric (for body of bag, side pocket, inner divider, padded straps and their binding) and 1/2  yards of a second (for front and back pockets and trolley sleeve) OR 1-3/4 yards of one fabric. (Additional yardage may be needed if using fabrics with a predominant motif.)
1-1/4 yard lining fabric (for inside binding and lining of body, pockets, and inner divider)
1/2 yard coordinating fabric (for handles, straps, strap tabs, and facing on front pockets)
1 yard 58" wide byAnnie Soft & Stable
2-1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF101 or equivalent)
1/4 yard mesh fabric
One 40" double-slide zipper and one 16" or longer zipper and one 18" or longer zipper 
Five (5) yds. 1" strapping
Two (2) 1" wide strap adjusters
14mm sew-in magnetic snap
1/2 yard fold-over elastic
One spool 100% polyester Metrosene thread in a coordinating color
100/16 sewing machine needle, either jeans, universal, chrome, or microtex

Additional supplies:
Heavy duty sewing machine (with its extension table if possible)
Basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, etc.)
Zipper foot for your sewing machine-bring it along to use when installing the zippers

Pre-class homework: All fabric and components must be pre-cut and quilted before the first day of class. You will NOT have time to complete the project if you do not do the pre-class homework.