Sunday, 21 April 2013

My Weekender bag

My weekender bag is finished and I am now going to show you LOTS of photos. I am really pleased with it.
My weekender

I have personalised it in a number of ways. Firstly I added a zippy pocket on the inside of one of the outer pockets. This secret pocket is just large enough for a passport or train tickets. The idea is that they are accessible, without having to delve into the bag and there is no chance that they would ever fall out.
Secret zippy pocket
Do you notice that I also added magnet snap fasteners to the outside pocket? In all my blog reading I noticed that some people had trouble with the outer pockets gaping, so I took no chances and added fasteners.
As you may have guessed, I like pockets. For me, they help divide and conquer all my bits that I seem to carry around. On the inside of the bag I added a big zippy pocket on one side and on the other side I added a divided open pocket. I simply cut out a third outer pocket and piped it before dividing it in the middle.
Inside of bag showing pockets 

I remembered to add my blog name label too!
My husband also made me a bottom from very thin plywood. I covered this and inserted it into the bottom of the bag for shape. I honestly don't know if it is really necessary but it made me happy! The final adaptation of the pattern was to add 6 little feet onto the bottom.

Just so that you see it in all it's glory, here are some more photos.
Inside of the weekender bag
Weekender bag from all four sides.
I can honestly say that the pattern isn't difficult and if you do the QAYG method there is no need to use any peltex or any other stiffener. I did use a lightweight vilene on all the inside fabric pieces as they were of a quilting cotton weight. This made the inner parts crisp without being stiff. My straps are 1 1/2" wide and I also used vilene on these pieces and then encased a cotton webbing within them to make them strong and sturdy. 

Can you tell that I am really delighted with this bag? I am now ready to go away for a weekend or perhaps a overnight weekday break!
Have a happy Sunday.
Di x


44 comments:

  1. wow Di that is really gorgeous!

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  2. Woooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooo! I love it, it's perfect, looking forward to giving it a stroke at our next meeting! :o)

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  3. It is beautiful! I love the extra pockets you added.

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  4. Your bag is gorgeous,I really like all the personalization you did to make it just perfect for you!!

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  5. It is absolutely stunning. I so love your fabric choices!

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  6. That looks FAB-U-LOUS!!! This is absolutely my FAVOURITE Amy Butler Weekender bag that I've seen - and my word I've seen alot!! I'm waiting to go into hospital for a few days and need a holdall for all my stuff - and think I might NEED one of these bags to use while I'm there..... how long did this take you to make?? I've just GOT to make one - can you tell that I like your bag very very much!
    www.nicolaforemanquilts.com

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  7. it is just amazing! what? It's for ME? Thanks Di!

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  8. WOW! You've made a wonderful bag Di, and personalised it to make it truly yours! No wonder you are pleased with it! Jxo

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  9. What a super fabulous weekender bag!!

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  10. The bag is wonderful Di, isn't it lovely to have something that is perfect for what you want it to do. Get that weekend away booked and check the bag works properly!!

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  11. oh you nailed it!!! Totally brilliant, I love it xxx

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  12. Di it's beautiful!!! And I think adding more structure to the bottom will be great! I have this pattern at home and it is on my too do list...

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  13. Wow, wow, wow, it is fantastic! And what a great idea to get your hubby to make a bottom for it too. Hope to see it at the retreat

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  14. it looks wonderful... hope you soon have somewhere to take it to xx

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  15. I'm totally stealing your pocket and magnetic snaps ideas. This looks so fab, it's something to aspire to with our half done ones!

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  16. Yippppeeeee this is amaze-balls (to pinch one of Moira's sayings) I love it, but I know you will love it far far more, because of the time and effort that has gone into it. There's nothing for it but to book lots of weekends away this summer! xxx

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous and look at those birds and the lovely stripey bottom and the extra pockets!! You have done a-mazingly!! Bravo.

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  18. You deserve to be really pleased with this bag - it is really glorious! Your personalisation touches are brilliant. I love lots of pockets too and think your secret passport pocket is a genius idea! I hope you now have lots of exciting weekend trips planned to make great use of your terrific bag!

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  19. Wow its fab and love all the extra pockets

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  21. Your bag is a triumph. I can see why you're so pleased with it!

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  22. It's absolutely fantastic! I love the idea of the magnetic clasps on the outer pockets and the secret pocket (as well as the base insert and the feet) - this is my favourite weekender bag!!

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  23. No wonder you're pleased, it looks gorgeous! I love the fabrics you used, and with all those pockets it's brilliant!

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  24. Oh, my! It's just amazing! Well done you - I'd be using it at every opportunity.

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  25. Wonderful! I love the citrus and black

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  26. to.die.for. well done sweetie x

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  27. STUNNING weekender bag! I love the fabrics you chose and how you featured them... can you tell us some of them?
    And I am going to use the extra zippers and snaps like you did!
    This is one of my favorite weekenders!!

    Susie

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to see it in real life at FQR :-)

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  29. And PS Im so excited you're in the EMMQG too!!!

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  30. Absolutely love this, you did a brilliant job on it!

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  31. Wow! Fantastic! That American out beautifully!

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    1. Stupid auto correct! *came out beautifully*!

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  32. that is a fab bag, I was inspired so much I bought the pattern. If I need help can I come round???

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  33. It's beautiful!! I love the calm colour palette, and fabulous pockets!

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  34. I echo everyone else....it's superb...fantastic...wow.
    Think I need to buy the pattern and see if I can get one made before the FQR. What is the lovely bird fabric?

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  35. I am so fired up to finish mine now :). Intrigued as to how your lining plan went?

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  36. I really really LOVE this bag Do! It's just beautiful!

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  37. Stunning! Wish I had one!! Love all the extra's you put in.

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  38. Stunning! Wish I had one!! Love all the extra's you put in.

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  39. Wow your bag is amazing! Great job :o)

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  40. I LOVE your bag, and fabric choice too.
    Wonderful! x

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