Friday, August 30, 2013

Consider it Done! (for now...)

I've been wanting to make a Weekender bag for a while, and when a bunch of folks in the Boston MQG chimed up and said they wanted to make one too, we decided to do a sew-along.

I combined several techniques and made quilted panels. I used canvas, a layer of batting and fabric to make my panels.


I had heard heard dreadful things about installing the zipper, but found it rather simple, just time consuming. I couldn't find a non-separating zipper, so I found a larger separating zipper and just trimmed that down a bit. It worked well, but next time (if there is a next time), I'll order a non-separating zipper online somewhere.


The "toughest" part of the whole bag was assembling everything together. I didn't really think it was tough, just tedious because you really had to go slow with so much bulk. I think using the canvas really helped to make it easier instead of a whole bunch of interfacing. Someday I might make a bag with the interfacing this calls for, but I'm really happy with how the quilted version looks.


And this, my friends, is my "finished" bag. I put finished in quotes because this is how I plan to use it for the next month or so, until I can add the lining. I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out. I will eventually add the lining though. Eventually...

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13 comments:

  1. It turned out great! The lining was my least favorite but worth it once done. Good idea to take a break for a bit :)

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  2. It's very pretty and looks impeccable.

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  3. oh it looks lovely! Good for you!

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  4. It turned out really pretty.

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  5. Great bag! Can't wait to see it with the lining.

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  6. Great bag! And love the fabric you choose.
    Hmmm the assembling part does look very tedious. You did a great job!

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  7. Great job! Quite the milestone, congrats!

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  8. It looks fabulous! I'm slowly collecting my supplies to make a weekender - good to know it wasn't a horrible experience :o)

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  9. I'm using quilted panels as well and seriously considering not lining it...just binding the seams.

    It looks great! Nice work!

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  10. Gorgeous!!! I love the binding on the end pockets... We'll have to get a group shot at Sew Down:-)

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  11. It's really pretty! Love your fabric choices!

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  12. Thanks for showing your process for this bag. It is on my to do list, hopefully during this longer holiday week end.
    Was your sew-along online, or in person? I am scouring the web for blog posts related to construction of this bag before I start.

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