Well it only took me one year to forget the woes of making my very first weekender bag!
Last week I braved the infamous pattern for the second time to make a birthday gift for my mom in law... The second time went so much smoother! I think just knowing that I had made it before made it less overwhelming, plus I had another year of sewing experience under my belt- which makes a huge difference when you have only been sewing 2 1/2 years! ;)
I opted to only do quilt as you go patchwork panels for the pocket panels of the bag which took considerably less time than the first time I made it with all the panels being patchwork. I did however quilt both main and zipper panels to give it a uniformly quilted look. For everything else, I made it just like my last weekender bag- you can check out this post for all of the details on the changes I made to the pattern!
I tried really hard to pick out fabrics that reminded me of my mom in law and I feel like the overall effect of the bag really fits her personality perfectly. I love the way it turned out! The fabric that I used for the main panel (Alexander Henry Sew Now!) is just busy enough to make everything tie together in a crazy combination of colors that compliments the patchwork just right. That ruler on the zipper panel is just darling- don't ya think?! I love it!
Most importantly, my mom in law really loved it- which made all of the work that went into it totally worth it! She used it as her carry-on for the flight home after her visit out to see us. (I use mine as a carry-on every time I fly and it is just the right size for all of the stuff I need to entertain my kiddos on the flight!)
So since the 2nd one went so smooth- third times a charm right?! I started another today! Head over to my instagram to check out the darling fabric I am using on this one!!