This time of year, traveling with crafts is something we hear about (and see around us) all the time. What better way to pass the time while waiting in line, taking long flights or car trips, or enjoying the weather at the beach or by the pool?
Your project bag will hold everything you need for crafting, so take your time choosing the right one for you. Your bag will carry the patterns, tools, writing implements, yarn cutter/scissors and, of course, your yarn. Keeping everything secure and organized won't be daunting with these tips:
Choose bags with drawstring, snap or magnetic closures. Bags like these will close and open easily for quick access, and won't damage your yarn. Steer clear of zippers and Velcro, closures like these are notorious for snagging yarn or damaging it beyond repair.
Smaller bags will be easier to carry and manage while you travel. When you're choosing your project, keep in mind that something smaller will fit better into a small bag and be more manageable to work on. You can always pack more yarn and projects in with your suitcase, so you can grab a new project when you arrive at your destination!
A lined or woven bag will help keep your supplies secure. Woven bags or bags with woven linings have a tight enough weave that small tools or finding won't slip out and be lost during your travels. Open, meshy bags should be avoided unless you put a lining inside them or carry an addition tool-and-findings pouch inside.
Extra pockets will help keep all your supplies in order. Internal or secure external pockets with closures are perfect for tools, findings and stowing your patterns. Bags with multiple pockets of different sizes are a special bonus!
Slip your pattern into a plastic sleeve or pattern protector that folds into your bag before you head off on your journey. You never know what kind of spills or storms may sneak up on you, and this will protect it from most hazards!
Most of all, remember to choose a bag that you really enjoy carrying. Let yourself fall in love with a specific fabric print, or experiment with different handles and closures until you find just the right match. You'll get years of use out of a great project bag, so take your time choosing one that's just right for you!
Bonus tip: Make a photocopy of your pattern and pack it in your luggage in case your original copy goes on its own little vacation. That way you'll have a back-up copy just in case. If your pattern comes from a book, make a photocopy to carry around with you (it's lighter and much easier to manage).
Click here to see great examples of project bags as well as hook and needle totes here, on LionBrand.com.
What traveling tips would you share with a knitter or crocheter preparing for a long trip?