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Weekender Bag

July 22, 2007

Weekender Bag

Next weekend I’m jetting off to Italy to meet some dear friends for a long overdue girls-only vacation.

Ack! Who am I kidding?!?! That kind of trip is not in the cards just yet. Though it would be lovely to be jetting off anywhere for the weekend, I’ve only got the bag – not the plane ticket.

The pattern is Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. It was a challenging project for me because it took a perfectionism that I usually don’t have for sewing. But the pattern was clear and easy to understand, especially since I read each step through about a thousand times! Taking the time to get all the details right really paid off, because I love the finished product.

Weekender Bag

I used fabric that I bought months ago at Hancock Fabrics. I love that it is modern and bold, but the price tag made it even better: $2.00 a yard! I purchased more than enough for two bags. Specifically, the fabric is Laurie Smith for Hancock Fabrics. The exterior print is Zigzag in color Leaf, and the interior, piping and handles are Anemone in color Curry.

The only modification I made was to add interior pockets. They were sewn to the interior lining before sewing the pieces together.

Weekender Bag - inside pocket

Weekender Bag - inside pocket

If I make the pattern again, I might add some length to the handles or add a longer shoulder strap. I usually prefer to sling a bag over my shoulder messenger-bag-style. But other than that one change, I’d make it exactly the same.

And just to give you a better idea of how big it is:

Weekender Bag

Very, very big.

Though there is no exciting trans-Atlantic trip for me yet, I’ll be ready with my groovy Weekender when the time comes.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2007 12:13 pm

    I have been putting off making the weekender for no good reason. I’ve had the pattern and fabric for several months. Yours looks so great, it has lit a fire under my tuckas. Wonderful job.

  2. h-spo permalink
    July 22, 2007 3:00 pm

    i believe that we have a trip to Connecticut in our future. not that it will be glamorous or trans-atlantic or anything…hey maybe we’ll cross the atlantic at some point. regardless, we’ll be able to sip on cocktails. should you make me a matching bag for our journey? just kidding.

  3. Sarah permalink
    July 22, 2007 3:06 pm

    I read the first line, and was like “GASP!”

    Alas. But the bag is lovely, and what an appropriate fabric name, right?

  4. July 22, 2007 3:39 pm

    That bag is worthy of a trip to Italy. Fabulous! Sigh. Makes me wish I could sew…

  5. July 22, 2007 7:18 pm

    What a great bag and cute picture of your little ‘un!

  6. July 22, 2007 9:35 pm

    The bag is gorgeous and I love the fabric. I have heard that the bag is big but your cutie pie in it really helps show the true size. 🙂

  7. Katie permalink
    July 22, 2007 9:43 pm

    Hey, the bag turned out great! Three cheers for the Ultra Stitch 12! And I love the fabric. Ummmm…do ya like green or somethin’? =)

  8. July 22, 2007 9:50 pm

    that’s a riot. If that were my kids, Jerry would be yelling “MY TURN!” and Maggie would be yelling “NO MINE!” sigh. The bag is really nice! Once again, very impressed with your sewing skills.

  9. July 22, 2007 10:52 pm

    that’s a great bag!!

  10. July 22, 2007 11:36 pm

    It really is groovy. I’m not much of a bag gal, but this one appeals.

  11. July 23, 2007 12:57 pm

    Really beautiful work! It came out so nicely! Those fabrics work very well together.

  12. July 24, 2007 3:14 pm

    How cool. I’ve got to dig my machine back out.

  13. July 25, 2007 5:11 pm

    This bag is fantastic!

  14. August 4, 2007 3:59 pm

    Totally freakin’ FABULOUS.

  15. Judy permalink
    August 30, 2007 9:13 pm

    You are fantastic ,,,and so is your knitting. Lunched again today with mom and retired teacher gang. Proud grandma passed around more pics of your beautiful kids. Would love to see you and have a knitting chat when you’re in WNY!

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