I never wanted to make a Weekender bag. I thought it was just okay looking and probably too much effort with all that stiff interfacing. But then I saw Elizabeth's patchwork version using a quilt as you go method and cotton duck canvas for stability. It was no longer a matter of if I wanted to make one, I had to make one!
So I bought the pattern, chose fabric (the blue, yellow and grays from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella) and began last summer. But things came up as things do, other priorities emerged and it got put on the back burner. Enter a Weekend Sew Along with Sew Lux Fabrics, Love by Hand and Modern Handcraft, giving me just the motivation I needed to get it out and finish it up!! There are prizes after all!!
I am now going to blast you with pictures because you don't work on something as long and as hard as this without showing it off like crazy...
My favorite zippers to use for bags are made by ByAnnie as they come in a good range of colors and lengths. Here I used a 30" double slide in dark gray. Having the two slides is a great feature for a bag of this size.
If you are going to make this bag, I suggest that you read through all the directions first. I am really bad about actually reading patterns and if I had there a couple of things that I may have done differently.
The trickiest part was sewing the main pieces together and getting in close to the piping. I actually sewed these seams twice - the first time with the main bag piece on the bottom and the side panel on top to get around the corners nicely. Then I flipped the bag over so that the main bag piece was on the top and sewed the seam again to get as close to the piping as possible. As for the corners, shorten your stitch length and sew continuously rather than stopping and pivoting and go SLOWLY (one stitch at a time!!)
I did lengthen the handles so that I could easily carry the bag on my shoulder and I chose to bind the pockets along the top edge instead of using piping. Otherwise I followed the directions as they were written and used Elizabeth's tutorial.
What else can I say except I pretty much love this bag...
Do you like the heart cutout? It is a new feature on PicMonkey.com!! You can find it in the frames section of the basic edits - there are a handful of shapes to choose from. It's pretty awesome!
I'll be linking this up with as many finish parties I can find!!
CRAZY MOM QUILTS
CAN I GET A WHOOP WHOOP
TGIFF at GeorgiaGirlQuilts this week