I thought the Weekender was a bit much to be asking for. Well, it turns out that no one was asking for it...it was just a conversational thread about the bag and how they loved it. So I got my panties in a wad all on my own. LOL
I saw some really neat quilt as you go versions of the bag and fell in love...instantly. So I ordered the pattern. Once I received the pattern and opened it up I immediately FREAKED OUT! What was I thinking!?!! There are two pages..not small pages but BIG pages of instructions..which after I settled down, I became grateful for. The instructions are pretty good. I did make some changes.... I used my Pellon Fusible Fleece that I use for totes and pouches, 986F (You can purchase that for a decent price at JoAnns if you wait for a coupon it's a steal of a deal! My sister and I bought a bolt and split the cost.) instead of all the interfacing's that she used. It gave the bag more softness and not a stiff suitcase appearance. My zipper was 2" shorter which keeps you from having to dig into the side pockets for the zipper pull.... I just modified the zipper insertion by an inch on either side... I didn't have this brilliance on my own...no, not at all. I asked the girls at JoAnns... heck, I didn't even know what a separating zipper was! LOL Those girls were a wonderful resource.. I am thankful to them!
I also made my straps much longer so you can easily carry the bag over your shoulder. I did get my partner's feedback first to see if longer was what she wanted.
The pattern calls for you to use template plastic for the false bottom... I didn't have any and that seemed like it would be a bit flimsy so I cut a piece of thick cardboard to size and created a batting sleeve (this is in the directions) and then put my false bottom lining fabric around it. It was pretty. I really liked it. As I was searching a for the pattern link (on Etsy) I came across this ... masonite precut for the weekender bag. How awesome! Very sturdy and if you wanted to make it a permanent bottom you could add feet!
Well, enough jibber jabber! Here are some pics of my version of the Weekender Bag:
|Finished Weekender posing with the journal cover I made for my Sew Sew Modern Swap partner.|
|Side view of weekender.|
|Inside view of the large front pocket.|
|Inside view of the side pocket.|
|Inside the bag showing the lining without the false bottom in place.|
|Inside the bag with false bottom in place.|
|The zipper... to the right is a sneak of the directions... tiny print! Wear your glasses!!|
My partner received her parcel yesterday and she loved it! She has a wonderful blog called Pile O'Fabric. You just have to go check it out. She is currently hosting a Skill Builder, which of course, I am behind on... so I better get crackin' !!
Here's to happy sewing!!