Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The one where I make a weekender bag... in a weekend.

It's done peeps! My self imposed time limit to make a weekender bag was this weekend. I think it was tuesday last week that I decided I had to make one. And I HAD TO MAKE ONE LIKE RIGHT NOW. I don't like fannying around with interfacing, especially not Peltex, so seeing Elizabeth's version, and then Amber's version was all I needed to get my butt into gear and just go for it.


Quilted Weekender Bag

Thank you all so much for the Instagram and Twitter love by the way, being accountable to you lovely lot really made it go much quicker.

Anyway.... I'm not usually one to toot my own trumpet (lol, I love that expression), but can I just say, OMFG I'm so super proud of this. How frigging awesome is this bag? 

Quilted Weekender Bag

It had to be navy. And it had to be black and white and texty. Thats just my thing at the moment. I love navy. Pretty much all my outfits for sewing summit are navy so I will be uber co-ordinated. Hopefully not in a lame kind of way though....

Quilted Weekender Bag

I was saving the feather print, which I got from spoonflower when they were doing that free FQ thing, for a pillow for my bedroom, but I love how it goes in the bag. The feathers are probably my favourite part. 

Quilted Weekender Bag

Quilted Weekender Bag

Back to the pattern... I really didn't find it that hard. I can imagine, if you were using a bunch of interfacing and peltex it would be much more cumbersome. But this quilt as you go method was actually really simple. All you need is some canvas, or heavy weight cotton for the backing, a layer of low-loft batting, and regular quilting weight cotton for the top. I actually used 2 layers of batting, because I thought one would be a little thin and wibbly and I really wanted it to stand up on its own.

For the piping and handles, I used an ivory on navy Sevenberry Dot from Fabric Inspirations, and for the lining, the same Sevenberry Dot but in the reverse colourway.

Quilted Weekender Bag

Modifications I made to the pattern:
  • Quilt-as-you-go method.
  • Used medium iron on interfacing for the handles.
  • Ditto for the base, but I used 2 layers.
  • Added piping to the end pockets.
  • Made the handles about 4" longer.
  • Inserted a zipper pocket in the lining a la this tutorial.
Quilted Weekender Bag

Suggestions and tips for any future weekender-makers:
  • Definitely use 1/4" steam a seam tape or whatever to make the piping. I had an old packet of wonderweb hemming stuff lying around which did the trick, but 1/4" stuff would be better.
  • You really don't need to pin the piping to the panels when sewing it on. I gave up halfway through and it was much quicker.
  • I've read that the 30" zip is hard to find...? I got mine, and the piping cord that you need, from Jaycotts. Here's a link to the Zip and Cording that I used.
  • I had trouble with the very last bottom corner when I was sewing the outside together. I broke 2 needles on it. So eventually I admitted defeat and hand stitched it. All the other corners were fine though, so have faith! 
  • RE the breaking of needles above... buy an extra pack of jeans needles just to be sure.
  • I'm fairly sure the pattern for the bottom panel is too long. I didn't cut mine down, but I probably could have done with trimming between 1 and 2 inches off it. Likewise for the lining.
  • Handsewing the lining was not my favourite part, but only took about 2 hours. Just sayin'... it's definitely doable.
  • The lining could probably have done with some interfacing. I didn't do it, because I was bored at this point and just wanted it done. But this sevenberry dot is quite a lightweight quilting cotton so really it would have benefited from it. I may take it out, add some, and re sew it when I'm back from Sewing Summit. Maybe. Probably not though.
So there we go! If you're gonna be at sewing summit, and you see this bag out of the corner of your eye, come say hi! Its me! If you see it swinging off someone elses shoulder however, please go rescue it and bring it back to me. I've already had theft-threats from Katy, Diane and Amy ;o)




Quilted Weekender Bag

Quilted Weekender Bag

58 comments:

  1. Oh I am so impressed, and jealous too! Hope you have such a fabulous time they pay you to attend next year!

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  2. OMG AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see it in person at Sewing Summit.

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  3. It is beautiful- i love the pattern and have wanted to amke one for ages, but just couldn't face all of the interfacing etc, but I keep seeing all of the QAYG versions, and once Christmas has been and gone, I may have to make one, unless I get that scary must do urge before then!!

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  4. I think I'd take it to my grave with me if I had made this - it's just gorgeous! I love navy too. And the feathers.

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  5. Yep! That's definitely what Lynne said! In fact I'd even go as far as Sarah's sand written note ... f****ing Awesome!

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  6. Sweet Mary mother of God. That. Is. Fab. I loved Elizabeth's and....er......Amber's? (I forget, I know I saw another) but your colourway is by far my favourite. It's quirky but classy. Suits you!! Heh heh. I am seriously contemplating making one now. Oh, that I had somewhere to use it!

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  7. It is amazing! I want it - but I don't want to make it. I've coveted this pattern since seeing it and this quilt as you go thing definitely makes me want to try it. Maybe when I've recovered from the surgery. You will look gorgeous as Sewing Summit. We want lots of pictures and stories about how it goes because I'm completely jealous of you going.

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  8. Oh Laura it's simply amazing. Awesome, awesome finish.

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  9. im just going to echo the omfg - 'omfg'!!!!! Laura, it it the dogs *******! You swanky lady ypu x

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  10. Oh my goodness ! This is the prettiest Weekender bag I've ever seen !!!!!
    I want to make one and I was about to give up because of all the stuff you need to make it but this might be what I needed to push me to make one :)

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  11. What an amazing bag! Absolutly brilliant and so well done. You should be very proud about yourself. Happy travels !

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  12. *sigh* it is truly awesome. With sauce. and extra fries.

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  13. It is just FABULOUS! Seriously wonderful. Love the feather print too. I noticed that straight away.
    I have my pattern in hand. Now to just take the plunge and decide on fabric.

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  14. I really want to make one but.... Ugh I don't think I can before sewing summit!!! I don't know if I have the talent... Although time is probably not on my side either. Maybe this will have to wait. So inspiring!

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  15. haha. Theft threats, huh? I can totally see why! Loved reading your post because I am to the adding-the-zip stage. So far so good but I know the worst is yet to come! Thanks for all your tips!

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  16. I totally LOVE your version of this bag! It's on my to-make list and just moved to the top of the list! Thanks for all the great tips! I'll definitely be referencing your tips when I start making this bag!

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  17. Well of course you should be proud, it's completely awesome. Great job!

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  18. That is the best Weekender bag I have seen - absolutely love it!

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  19. Amazing!!! Love the navy and texty prints :) Now I must make one for myself!!

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  20. That's a stunner LJ! I LOVE it! And thanks for all the tips too, v.useful! Jxo

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  21. Well isn't that just the Mutts Nuts?! No wonder you are so proud. It makes me want to go and make the bag right now and I don't even have the pattern etc. Thanks for sharing the tips too. Do you think you could make it without piping or is piping crucial?

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  22. It's fantastic! I want one!! Well, actually, I want that one!!! Not that I ever go anywhere that would necessitate a bag like that but what does that matter?! I could fit lots and lots of sewing projects in it...or a big knitting project!

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  23. I love your weekender bag it is so wonderful. And of course you should be very proud of it. Maybe I must sew one for me too.
    Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  24. I super, super love this!! You can add my name to the list of people that would steal this from you if given the chance :) I have to add this to my "things to make someday" list, it's awesome!

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  25. Ahhhhhmazing. Makes me think maybe I should tackle this pattern!

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  26. Sooo lovely- I hate interfacing SO MUCH- I just can't be doing with all that cutting out so this is fabulous. Navy is my favourite colour right now too.

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  27. I am going to wear my LauraJane impersonator outfit, all navy blue so no one will know when I steal it from you!

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  28. oh boy that's really fab, loving the navy and QAYG and the feathers. I want one now even though I'd never need one - oh no now I'm inventing stuff in my head that would necessitate a bag that size.

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  29. totally totally totally in love! omfg is so right! you are a sewing rock star my dear and i bow to your awesomeness!

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  30. what a fantastic Weekender!!!! It looks gorgeous, you totally rocked it!

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  31. It's really stunning - the navy, black and white is grown up and sophisticated and it's beautifully constructed and well everything is perfect...and yes, the feathers are really beautiful. Amazing job.

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  32. I don't blame you for tooting your own trumpet. Your bag is beautiful.

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  33. love love love love love it! thanks for the awesome tips too.

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  34. What a fantastic bag, I really love it and made in a weekend, you clever cookie you.

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  35. Wow, that is just perfect! I love every bit of it.

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  36. I literally gasped when I saw the first picture and a lump formed in my throat as I scrolled through. Kind of like when I see the perfect fabric and my desire for it becomes physical, except this is the marriage of the perfect pattern and the perfect pattern and an absolutely divine execution. Some how you knew exactly where every bit of fabric wanted to be. In other words, WOW! Toot away, because this bag is amazing!!!

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  37. Beautiful! I want to make one of these too. Or maybe just steal the quilt as you go idea for a tote bag... that would be easier but not quite as cool.

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  38. Oooh, that looks fab! I may have to steal it in the night ;o)

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  39. It's gorgeous - no wonder you are so chuffed. Think I might pinch the idea to amke a messenger bag from Lisa Lam's Bag Making Bible.......

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  40. Absolutely fab! Love the navy, love the feather prints, love the lining - love it all.

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  41. Omfg! It is all of the above! Love it!
    Got a lovely package from you today. Thanks lovely!

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  42. You've definitely created a 'money can't buy' masterpiece. Well done Laura.

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  43. Oh my gosh. Seriously, that is GORGEOUS. I love the prints/colors. Great job!

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  44. Such a great bag, thanks for the tips list!

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  45. Beautiful. . Brilliant. . Love it!!! Have a great time at the sewing summit :-)

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  46. WOW! Laura, this is so amazing!! how brilliant that you got it done in time for sewing summit - and how JEALOUS am I that your GOING to sewing summit! ahhh have fun! :)
    Jessie, xo

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  47. Wow - this is amazing! Thanks for including all the tips - that will be so helpful when I finally work up the nerve to make one!

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