Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Quilted Weekender Bag

I finished my Quilted Weekender Bag!!! I love the way it turned out. I took it on it's maiden voyage last weekend to Nashville. 
I always try to be a light packer and only bring the bare necessities- so it was the perfect size to fit my clothes and makeup in... But the blow dryer and flat iron had to squeeze into my kiddos bag.

 I have heard others call the Weekender Bag the Holy Grail of Bags... I would have to agree. I wouldn't say that it was hard to make- more like tricky... but now that I have made it, any trouble it caused me has long been forgotten due to it's cuteness! ;)


I loved this project because I was able to incorporate all of my favorite fabrics and scraps into one bag. It has all my favorite colors, patterns, etc so it is totally me.


 I used a bunch of leftovers from my scrap pile of fabric so I am not sure of the names of all of the fabrics, but the majority of them are from these fabric lines: Vintage Modern, The Simple Life, Annie's Farm Stand, Ruby, and used this Kokka Matryoska Fabric and fussy cut out the flowers and matryoska dolls as accents in the panels. I also fussy cut the sayings "Life is Beautiful" and "I love my family" from the Odds and Ends Happy Thoughts in Rosebud fabric. 


I used Oh Deer! Twill Cherry Dot fabric for the handles and piping.




I made a few alterations in the pattern when I was making my bag.

1. I did not use all of the Peltex and interfacing that the pattern called for. Instead I used Elizabeth's method for quilting as you go by layering duck cloth and a thin layer of batting and then quilting my scraps onto that. In the end, My panels were very stiff and held their form without the extra layer of Peltex and interfacing. I did however follow the directions for the base of the bag and did use the interfacing and Peltex for that part. My bag stands up all on it's own and in all of these pictures, nothing is in my bag to hold it's form... It's one of the things I love most about the bag- it's sturdy!

2. The Handles: I made them 8 inches longer than the pattern called for (if I ever make this bag again, I will make them even longer). When I sewed the handles onto the bag, I made an X in between the 9 and 13 inch marks. I also sewed the handles to the panel all the way down underneath the X's so that the handles weren't loose in the pocket.


3. The Outer bottom panel: I made my bottom panel out of oil cloth so that I could wipe it off easily in case I sat it on something dirty. Love this! I don't worry so much about my bag getting filthy on the bottom.


4. The Piping: When I made my piping, I did not sew it like the pattern called for. Instead I used 1/4 inch Steam a Seam tape and then when it came time to attach the piping to the bag, I didn't have to worry about covering up any lines of stitching.

Other than that, I followed the patterns directions and I feel like my bag turned out pretty well... 


Can't wait to plan another getaway to use this darling bag! :) 

55 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this bag! I think you should do a giveaway for it. And I think I should win. :) You make these projects look so easy!

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  2. Oh, Ashley! That bag is darling!! I want one! It's so colorful and fun. I just adore it!

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  3. Wow! Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for the tips! :)

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  4. this is just too cute! Love that lining fabric : )

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  5. Ash, it turned out so FABULOUS!!! I LOVE IT!!! Loved your idea of using the oil cloth on the bottom. Bet you looked so cute carrying it!
    Can't wait to hear all about your trip picking up Savannah!
    Love you!

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  6. Wow! That is just so good! You did the best job of it! The fabric choices, to the sewing. It's all perfect! Great! You should be so proud of it!

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  7. Oh my gosh, how cute! The fabrics and construction are perfection.

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  8. Gorgeous! I love it, now I'm going to have to make one. How fun!

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  9. That bag is so gorgeous! I love the style of the bag and the fabric is so pretty! Awesome!

    T'onna

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    1. I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!

      T'onna
      http://www.navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-7.html

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  10. Beautiful work - so professional looking :)

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  11. That bag is to die for! I love it! I want like 3 of them!
    Rhonda S. @ ladybug2495@yahoo.com

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  12. It's precious!!! I love the oilcloth bottom idea. And using steam-a-seam for piping? Genius!

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  13. Coming over from Freshly Pieced! :)

    I have heard great things about this bag, yours is absolutely adorable! :)

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  14. Omigosh Ashley, this is fantastic!! I have seen quite a few of these in blogland using Elizabeth's quilt as you go method, and yours is the BEST!! I love the fabrics you have used - really, really just gorgeous! I am pinning it so I can try to make one of my own!!

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  15. I'm a long time reader and admirer but I have never commented before. This time I just have to say AMAZING! This is stunning. You should market them and I will buy a bunch!

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  16. Wow - your bag is absolutely stunning. I love the fabric, the quilting, the construction. I love it all!

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  17. this is an amazing bag congratulations. Love the colors

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  18. oh my goodness this IS the cutest ever!! I just love it! Hope it's ok I shared on my blog fb page!

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  19. This is such a beauty! Marvellous! WOW! All I can say is : Congratulations on such perfect and beautiful work! Greetings from Germany

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  20. I love your bag! you're a genius for using oilcloth on the bottom! Seriously!

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  21. You bag looks amazing! So glad to hear you were able to leave out all if the stabilizers. I will definitely be making that change in my pattern as well.

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  22. A beautiful bag, Ashley!!! Clever idea to make the bottom from oilcloth...

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  23. Love this - it's beyond adorable. Great job!!

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  24. I LOVE your bag! I've asked for this bag pattern for Christmas so I can give it a go, but I might be better off buying one someone else made! This looks fabulous!

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  25. Love, love, love! It turned out so cute and thanks for sharing your tips. This is my project for this upcoming weekend... can't wait!

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  26. I live the fabrics and you did a great job!

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  27. Your bag is really lovely. Great changes (oil cloth, steam a seam etc) - clever you!

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  28. I love your bag and fabric choice... I don't quite get the piping you talked about...

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  29. Absolutely AMAZING! I can't imagine how long that must have taken! I'm totally impressed!

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  30. This bag is gorgeous!! I love all of the fabrics. You did such a nice job :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  31. Your bag is soooo stinkin adorable!!
    I am right in the middle of mine and have been debating what to do for the middle panel and bottom because I didn't know if I should do the QAYG method or follow the directions, and oil cloth is genius!
    I made my straps today and I added 10", I think it will be a great length, and leaving them loose seems really odd to me.

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  32. It looks wonderful! I just finished my weekender and posted about it yesterday! :) www.ellisonlane.blogspot.com

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  33. I saw your bag on pinterest. :) Love it. I'm going to make a simple tote bag with the same type of patchwork... soon!

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  34. I am a new follower and I just wanted you to know how much I LOVE your bag!! Your fabric choices are so stinkin' cute and really makes for an awesome bag. It looks like a lot of work but you have definitely motivated me to try it! I love your blog and look forward to peeking in :

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  35. Well hello Miss Ashley! I just found you via Pinterest and I'm totally hooked on your blog. Adding you to my list right now! Gorgeous bag ... and everything else I've seen so far!

    xo Kristyne

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  36. I just love this bag, fabric, design, everything (beautiful!)~ I was wondering though, the little tags that you used (life is beautiful, etc...) I have been looking around on Etsy for something EXACTLY like that for some wallets I am making as gifts for Christmas. I can't find anything like those though, did you make them yourself? If so, how? The only idea I can think of is to use iron on transfers on ribbon but i'm not sure if it would turn out. If you have any time to answer my question I would appreciate it, thanks! Lisa from www.sweetbenannasam.com

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  37. Oops I didn't leave my e-mail address! It's kraiger5@me.com, thanks!!
    Lisa

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  38. I want to make this bag so bad but I"m so scared based on all the things people have said about it!! :(

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  40. Totally awesome bag! I love this.

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  41. this is so cute. I am just getting ready to start my weekender.

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  42. Your bag is adorable. I just finished the outside of my bag. It is beautiful until I look at the bottom. For some reason the bottom does not fit and needed a little gathering. I'm so tempted to take it apart and shorten the bottom panel. Did you have any issues in this area. I checked all my measurements and everything was exact.

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    1. I don't think I had that issue... Just make sure you really use it in the curves of the bottom of the main panel... You will want to almost have I looking gathered in corners to account for the curve... Does that make sense? Hope this helps!

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  43. Seeing beautiful things like this bag make me so sad that I don't know how to sew! Maybe some sewing lessons are in my future? :)

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  44. Could you please link me to a free pattern of this bag, my grandma would like to make it and we can't find a pattern anywhere :( this is the best one i have seen on the internet and it would make her really happy if i could get it as soon as possible

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous! I can't imagine the amount of work and precision you had to put in.

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  46. Thank you for all the great tips! Love, love your weekender!

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  47. New to this world of pinterest! Loving this bag, is there a direct link to where I can get the pattern to this bag?

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley