My local Joann’s recently asked me to teach a class showing how to make this pattern.

simplicity 2274 overnight bag

Since I never made it before, I did a sample to familiarize myself with the steps.

overnight bag simplicity 2274

Here’s my review of the pattern, Simplicity 2274:

Pattern Description: Large overnight bag with zipper top, one zippered end pocket and front pocket.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were well written

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the way the pockets were added. I didn’t care for the recommended strap material.

Fabric Used: Quilting cotton from Joann’s. I choose to make the strap decoration and all the pockets out of a contrasting fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Instead of 3.5-inch jute webbing for the straps, I used a 1.5-inch braided twine strap. It’s much softer and nicer. I used the same pattern pieces for the strap decoration, (you only need three of the four they tell you to cut, btw) but first sewed the short ends together, then seamed this length into a long tube, right sides together. You then press the long seam open, turn right side out and press flat, with the seam centered on the back. This is the perfect width to top stitch onto the 1.5-inch straps.

Also, step 6 tells you to cut your handles into two 62-inch pieces, which is silly because they are all one long piece. So instead, cut a 125-inch piece, seam the ends together and press seam open. Now you only have to top stitch over two layers at the seam. rather than three.

And, it’s just as easy to cut two #2 pieces, bag front pocket, as it is to cut one. So I cut two and added one to each side. You can’t have too many pockets, right?

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t think I need more than one of these, but I might make it again as a gift.

Conclusion: A nice bag that goes together easily. Consider using a prequilted fabric to save time. Also, finishing the edges of the quilted sections with a serger makes a much nicer inside finish.

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7 thoughts on “Overnight Bag Pattern Review – Simplicity 2274

  1. Oh, dear. Big bags are my weakness, and I have so many already. But this is so cute. . . . No! I’m not making anything else until I get these patio chair cushions finished! Still, it’s very cute.

        1. Ha! No, but last night I was wearing fleece pants, socks AND a long sleeve sweater, which in September is pretty darn close to the apocalypse as far as I’m concerned.

          1. 58 DEGREES. We were at 58 degrees yesterday afternoon. Bear in mind that we often have 100-degree temps in October. O.o

    1. Hi Karen,

      I no longer have the pattern or the bag as it was a sample for Joann’s. I’m sure if you look the pattern up online you can find that information.

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