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...