What We’re Making! Weekender Bag by Amy Butler
The Weekender Bag from Amy Butler has been on my sewing bucket list since I first saw it. The recent surge of bloggers creating the Weekender inspired me to just do it! Many wonderful people have written about the Weekender Bag. Elizabeth Hartman’s blog post and beautiful bag using the quilt-as-you-go method gave me the courage I needed. I won’t bore you with all the details of my construction. I will say. Take your time. Go slow and allow many days to complete this project. The instructions are very detailed and thorough. It took me about a month of, very sporadic work, to complete the bag. I enjoyed fiddling with it whenever I had time.
I added Nancy Zieman Rectangle Rings to the strap and made them a bit longer for over the shoulder use. Cut the strap into 4 pieces measuring 14 1/2 inches each. Attach the rings and stitch them to the front panel in the same location given in the directions. The upper portion of my strap is 34 inches long. This allows enough fabric to fold over the ring and stitch it down to secure it.
Many of the fabrics used were in my stash. The blue and orange in Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Sparkle became my color inspiration. The following fabrics are the main prints used.
Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet in Cosmonaut and Watermelon
Robert Kaufman Quilters Linen Midnight
Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Sparkle Phones Blue
Carolyn Friedlander Architextures Text Navy
Etsuko Furuya Echino Ni-Co 2012 Airplane Blue
Lotta Jansdotter Moira Deep Indigo
Ellen Lucket Baker Stamped Circle Flower Red
2 tips to keep in mind –
Wonder Clips will help hold the multiple layers together while sewing. I used up to 10 at a time.
Use a piping foot for making 5 yards of piping. I switched to the zipper foot when the layers got too thick for the piping foot.
A ton of pockets can be added to the interior to keep you completely organized!
The zipper specified in the instructions is a 30 inch non separating zipper. I found a zipper intended for use in a jacket, which unzips at both ends, allowing access to either end of the bag. Following in Elizbeth Hartman’s footsteps I chose to install the exposed zipper instead of concealed as instructed. I love the look of the exposed zipper.
Bag Feet give a very finished and professional quality to the base. Measure 2 inches from each corner to get the proper placement. I used an exacto knife to make a small slit through the fabric base and through the Peltex base. Push the metal brads through the hole, put the back on and fold over the prongs. Here is a tutorial from Joanne at Today We Made showing how to add bag feet.
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I am in love with this bag. Can’t wait to fill it with all my goodies for Quiltcon. Please stop and say Hi if you spot me and my bag in Austin.