Weekender Bag

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 thoughts on “Weekender Bag

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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