I finally finished my Weekender Travel Bag
. I started it sometime in early December, got about half-way through and then didn't touch it again until yesterday. I left my job for a new position, and this was one of my things-to-do-while-unemployed-for-a-week projects. I'm so happy I finished it, as I have a little weekend get-away scheduled for Friday and I can't wait to take this bag along.
I purchased the outer fabric on clearance at Hancock's for less than $5 a yard if I remember correctly. It was a little difficult to work with, but I love it. It has all my favorite colors and makes me so very happy.
The pattern instructions are very, very lengthy, which makes the bag seem much more intimidating then it actually is. They are broken down into very distinct steps. I found it helpful to check everything off as I went along so I wouldn't miss anything. I had an older pattern, so I used the modified instructions found on the website.
I would recommend being really comfortable with the zipper foot before attempting this project. You use it a lot to sew on all that piping! When I attached the side panels to the middle zippered section, I sewed it twice to reinforce. The first time was to attach it, the second time was to get as close as I could to the piping. Use the binder clips as suggested, and go super slow. It surprisingly isn't as difficult as it seems.
My lining isn't perfect, but since the bag is for me, I don't mind so much. If I made it again, I might futz with it a bit more. Overall, I really, really, really love it. It makes me so happy!