Saturday, 24 November 2012

My Baby Weekender

A while back Laura Needles Pins and Baking Tins gave me the pattern for Amy Butler's Weekender bag which I was excited to make.  Following Laura's example, I started making QAYG panels but didn't really like the look of them and abandoned the attempt.  Fast forward a few weeks and Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics mentioned she had a new Japanese panel linen in stock which would be fun for bag making.  So I bought a yard of it which was just the right amount to make a baby weekender. 


I made the main template by folding a piece of paper in half and in half again and then drawing round a cereal bowl to make quarter circle-ish corners.  I cut the main panels from the yellow flower and the pocket panels from the blue print and quilted these onto wadding to give the bag some stability.  


The black pinstripe made the handles and gusset which I backed with a stiff iron on vilene.  And the white birds fabric made the lining which I backed with a softer iron on vilene.  There are double pockets on the front and back of the bag and a little zipped pocket inside which I follower Lisa Lam's tutorial to make in The Bag Making Bible. 


And this is the yard of cheater print it all came from.  The bag is going to be my big sister's Christmas present.  I hope she doesn't mind another handmade Christmas...

29 comments:

  1. It's ridiculously gorgeous and still in shock that you adapted the bag pattern with the Frankenstein reputation to make its baby!

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  2. You did a wonderful job I'm sure your sister will love it.

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  3. It's fabulous, lucky sister!! I now realise there's no end to your talents ;o)

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  4. Lovely!!! Great colors and design!!

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  5. Great job Lynne, what a great use of fab fabric ... I love that you deconstructed the mother of all patterns ... x

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  6. So pretty ~ love the fabric ~ lucky sister!

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  7. Fabulous bag, what a lucky sister! I'm impressed that you got it all out of 1 yard of fabric. I really want to try the Weekender bag, but it's reputation has put me off.

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  8. It is wonderful. the print is perfect and a smaller version of the weekender is a great idea, I might be tempted to bring out my pattern again to do something similar.

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  9. How clever are you!? It looks terrific - an awesome present!

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  10. That is one modern girl bag, what a great sister you are.

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  11. This is simply gorgeous... your sister is so lucky!

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  12. Love it! Your mini version is just lovely.

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  13. It's adorable....a much better solution then me pilfering Leanne's for you. Whoops did I say that outloud??

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  14. Aren't you the clever one! It's really cute!

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  15. Lynne, this is brilliant! I know it's heresy, but I personally think the original Weekender is a bit of an awkward size -- too big for a purse, but too small for luggage. Yours looks to be just the right fit!

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  16. I totally love it and would use it every day! Perfect size!

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  17. Having made the original I now want to play and make its baby. You really can really be a bad influence! lol (of course that is said in the best sort of way, hugs)

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  18. an amazing christmas present! It looks fantastic.

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  19. Wow, most impressive! So darn cute.

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  20. Adorable bag! I really like those fabrics

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  21. Your bag is stunning! Love the fabrics, and that you made it the size you wanted!
    Susie

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  22. Handmade presents are the best :) great bag!

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  23. Aww, very cute! Guess if it isn't a Weekender, then it's just a Quickie? ;o)

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  24. Your sister is lucky, it's suck a cute bag!

    Mandy
    http://bunnygirlblog.com

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  25. I love it! Seems to be a very practical size for everyday, not just a "weekend".

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