Introducing the Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

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Introducing the Orbit Bag

Introducing the Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

It’s finally here! In case you missed it, I have been toting this bag around with me everywhere I go for the past 2 years. It’s been popping up on the Helen’s Closet instagram for quite some time and people have been encouraging me to release it as a pattern. Well, that day has finally come and I am so excited to introduce you to the Orbit Bag!

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Star Quilted Bag - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

About Orbit

Orbit is the perfect everyday grab-and-go bag. This circular marvel holds more than you think! Wallet, phone, keys, snacks—everything you need. The Orbit Bag can be made fancy with a star on the front and stripes on the back (view A), or you can keep it classic and make it one solid fabric (view B). Both views are quilted to add structure and texture. If you have an existing quilt or quilted fabric, you can use that too! Never quilted before? We’ve got you covered! Orbit is a great project to try some quilting on a small scale and build up your skills. 

All Samples Side by Side - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

All views of Orbit include an exterior pocket, an interior pocket, a zipper closure, and a long fabric strap. Strap hardware can be optionally added to make the Orbit strap more customizable. 

Line Drawings - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Dimensions - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Fabric and Notions Requirements

The Orbit Bag is designed with fabric scraps in mind! This project requires only a small amount of fabric, and if you are making view A (with the star), you can piece the bag together from leftover fabric scraps you probably already have on hand. We even have a coloring sheet included in the pattern that you can play around with!

View A Front and Back - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

In addition to fabric, you will also need batting and a 12” zipper (or longer). We like to use a heavy duty metal zipper for our samples, but a plastic zipper will work, too. For the batting, you can use leftover quilt batting from a previous project if you have some. If not, we recommend a batting like Warm and Natural. The crib size is enough for the Orbit Bag [you need 20” x 35” (51 cm x 89 cm)].

Orange Linen Quilted Bag - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

We recommend medium weight fusible interfacing [4” x 50” (10 cm x 127 cm)] for the strap. If you would prefer to use webbing for the strap, you totally can! You’ll need 1.5 yards or meters of 1” wide webbing.

Prequilted Fabric - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

You can optionally add bag slider hardware to make your Orbit strap customizable. To do this you will need 1” wide strap hardware (1 bag slider and 2 D-rings). We got ours from Wawak. The hardware is easy to install and we provide instructions in the Orbit Booklet. 

View A Backside - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Fabric Recommendations

Stable woven fabrics like cotton (quilting cotton, lawn, poplin, chambray) or linen work well. Lightweight fabrics work best for piecing and quilting. Choose fabrics that are a similar weight. Midweight fabrics are also an option but they are more challenging to work with because they create bulkier seams. You can also use already pieced or quilted projects!

Our samples are primarily made from leftover linen and cotton scraps. 

View A - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

In addition to the exterior fabrics, you also get to choose a fun lining fabric. You can even bind the interior seams of Orbit for an extra pop of color. We provide instructions for how to do this in the pattern booklet. 

Interior - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Interior - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Interior - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Learning How to Quilt

Never quilted before? No problem! Orbit is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of patchwork and quilting. This small project will teach you the basics of quilting and you will have no trouble completing it even if you have no quilting experience. As with all of Helen’s Closet patterns, Orbit has a robust instruction booklet full of helpful tips to guide you.

The pieces of the Orbit Bag are constructed and quilted separately before assembling. A pattern is provided so you can trim your quilted pieces to the correct size when they are complete. 

View B Side by Side - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
All Views - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Why I Love Orbit

As I mentioned at the top of this post, I’ve been toting this bag around with me everywhere I go for about 2 years and I have to say, it is the PERFECT bag! I know that looks different for every person, so let me tell you what I personally love about it: 

It’s unique and eye catching. I get so many compliments on this bag and people really seem to respond well to it. Quilters will clock it immediately so you can always find somebody to talk to. Not to mention that it makes any outfit you wear look 50% cooler, guaranteed.

All Views - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

It’s a great medium size. Some bags are too big, some bags are too small. This one is perfect! It fits all the essentials with room to spare! In addition to my phone/wallet/keys I like to carry tissues, snacks, sunglasses, gloves, mints, hair clips, cough drops, and more! I’m not a light packer and this bag can truly hold it all. It even fits a mini water bottle!

Purple and Green Prequilted Bag - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

It feels comfortable and sits in the right spot. You get to customize the strap length, so this is totally personal, but I love how Orbit sits at my hip and I can swing it around to the front when needed. It doesn’t feel too heavy or cumbersome, and I love a cross body strap. 

View A Side by Side- Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

It is secure. Bags that hang open are just not as good as ones that close up. The Orbit zipper feels secure so all your belongings are safe. The outside pocket is a convenient place for your phone if you like to get it out often; it still feels secure against your body on the back side of the bag. 

Side by Side - Orbit Bag - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I can’t wait to see your Orbits! I am really looking forward to running into Orbit bags out there in the wild, too. Imagine seeing an Orbit on the street? Immediate friends.

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About the author

Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

2 Comments on “Introducing the Orbit Bag”

  1. Love the bag! It’s so cute. I enjoy quilting so I might have to get it! BTW, I think your new haircut is super cute, too 🙂

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