My Weekend Bag

I do loads of traveling. Every weekend I take off to some exotic location. For real. See – here is proof.

Okay – that is totally not true.  (It’s photoshop – and I’m sure you can tell – but I just want to make sure you know it’s not real!)  I used to travel a lot, and that is true, but since becoming the mom to 3 of the most wonderful children in the world, my traveling bags have turned to diaper bags.  I’ve “settled down” a bit – and I’m actually okay with this whole notion – my kids need me.  (And in my book settled does not mean boring or slow!)

So anyway – I actually do have a trip coming up and I decided months a month ago (I thought it was longer than that – but my friend reminded me it was only a few weeks ago I decided to tackle this project.  Oh well, whatever)  that I would make myself the Weekender Travel Bag for this trip.  I will not relay the conversation that took place between myself and my husband.  He is under the impression I have far too many bags, purses, totes, carrying clutches, etc.  I honestly have no idea why he would think that.  A girl needs bags, right?

Okay  – so back to this bag….I am done!  I used Joel Dewberry Ginseng Fabrics.  The main fabric is the Thyme Spade Damask.  The piping is the Glacier Bloom.  And the handles and inside were cut from the Thyme Tossed Flowers.  It was a difficult bag to make.   Sewing through the 750 layers of Timtex (which was really Flexi Firm since I didn’t have any Timtex (ps have you tried the new stuff yet?)) is what was difficult.  Okay – so it wasn’t really 750 layers – but it was multiple layers and it was really thick -and on the bottom corners, where everything met, I had to hand wheel my machine and I broke a needle once.  I thought getting through the whole thing with only 2 needles was pretty respectable on this project!  I know some people have had trouble finding a 30 inch closed zipper.   I found my metal zipper in the home decorating section  – not with the regular zippers.  It was cheaper too.

Also I have to mention that I had to make new bias strips for the piping.  The second time I cut my bias strips wider than Amy suggested.  I might be a piping idiot – but I was having a heck of a time getting the 1/4 inch piping in there nicely…(I had it pinned like crazy and yes, I was using my zipper foot)….so I cut my strips 3 inches wide and then after I had made the piping (successfully – actually easily) I cut it back to the smaller dimension she recommended.

Changes?  For one, I should have paid attention to the pattern on my fabric.  I’m so mad at myself.  I just cut out the pieces as suggested in the pattern – and so my geometric pattern is not lined up.  I also think I managed to cut the fabric upside down.  Really annoying mistakes and I’m really embarrassed that I made them.  I also wish I had used the glacier bloom fabric (used for the piping) for the handles as well to give it a little more contrast.  And I think that I would actually cut the inside out of a neutral canvas next time rather than a printed pattern.  That way you don’t get lost when looking for your stuff.  ( Also – add a pocket to the inside of the bag.)  I am thinking I’ll make another now that I’ve practiced once….but it won’t get done before my trip!  Then I’ll be able to fix my mistakes and be really really proud of it!

The pattern is well written and I would recommend it – just not for a beginning sewer.  🙂

So where am I going?  To Las Vegas for the International Textile Expo!  I’ll be back next week!


17 Responses to “My Weekend Bag”

  1. 1 rachelle March 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    It is very cute- and only you would notice the little “mistakes”. Whenever you make a new one- I’ll take this one 🙂

    • 2 Melanie March 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks! I know that very few people would stand there to my face and criticize it. Anyway, I still think it’s a nice bag even it it is off geometrically and upside down. 😉

  2. 3 Ericka Reynolds March 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Super CUTE!!! I thought you did a great job!! have fun in VEGAS BABY! Do you think I could fit in that bag?? I’ve lost a couple of pounds since you saw me last, LOL! 🙂

  3. 5 Lia March 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Wow! Great job. I love the fabric. Sewing always seems to be a learning experience for me. Enjoy showing your bag off in Vegas.

    • 6 Melanie March 26, 2009 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Lia! Think you can make it on April 2nd? I hope so!!! I actually think that one reason I like sewing is b/c it is a learning process – each new pattern, each new idea. It keeps me on my toes.

  4. 7 LAW March 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I am so glad you took the time to point out the errors, because that saved me time tonight…I didn’t have to point them all out to you. That would have been too much typing.

    Hope the bag serves you well. Remember — what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Or so I’ve heard.

    • 8 Melanie March 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      My trip to Vegas will be tame compared to most, I’m sure. A couple classes, tradeshowing, some shopping…maybe the m&m factory?!?!? But that’s okay – I’m still excited.

      I know I didn’t have to point out my mistakes. I could have just let it be but I’m okay with being human and not having it be perfect! My next one (which should get made in the next 15 yrs) will be perfect. 😉

  5. 9 Michelle March 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I love that bag! I’m a bag and purse girl myself. Shoes…not so much. I model bags in front of the mirror like some ladies model shoes in front of the mirror. Just can’t have enough I say!

  6. 11 Tracy March 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I ADORE this bag! I am such a bag-lover, to make my own would just be a DREAM! (not sure how my husband would like it…but might like the $$ saved!)

    I am a brand-new sewer, and you mentioned that this isn’t for beginners. Well, I have bookmarked this, and this overnight bag is a GOAL of mine!

    Love your blog – i’m a new reader, and a new FAN!

  7. 13 Mom March 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I think the little hearts in the design look right-side-up. I think the bag turned out great. When do you leave? Have a safe trip and a good time.
    Love to all,

  8. 16 craftapple March 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’ve heard that the pattern is kinda hard – which is why I haven’t made it yet!

    Looks like your photoshopin’ class is going well! Woo hoo! Fun in the sun!

    Have fun in Vegas!

    • 17 Melanie March 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

      Too bad my computer can’t really transport me to the fun beach. 😉 Yes, the pattern is more challenging that other bags out there…but totally doable!

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