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.
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.
|Inside of bag showing pockets|
|I remembered to add my blog name label too!|
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.