Would you mind sharing what the finished dimensions are? Also what did you use to stabilize it?
It ended up being around 8.5 inches tall x 10 inches wide and 4.5 inches in depth. This means that it doesn't really look that big, but ends up holding alot because it's wide! I used a heavy iron on interfacing.
Quick tip: iron the interfacing to the lining, not the outside fabric. This avoids some of those weird wrinkles that iron on interfacing can give to cotton or thinner fabrics. Oh and double check that you are ironing the correct side of the interfacing on the fabric, I wasn't paying attention once and ended up melting it to my iron by mistake oops
This is a new purse that I just finished sewing tonight!
Earlier in this week I was stuck in a traffic jam getting very bored of lifting my foot on and off the brake petal when I started to think about purses. This one is semi-inspired by the weekender bag, but on a much smaller scale. When I got home I started drawing out some different ideas and this is what I came up with...
(I stole a piece of fishing line from Dad so that I could get the handle to stay in the air while I was taking pics hehe)
It zippers shut
This is the part that took the longest, hiding the inside seams with seam binding. The only thing that made this part bearable is that I wanted to try out this new nifty seam binding maker that I bought awhile ago but hadn't used before
The only name that I could think to describe the style is "bowling bag", which come to think of it sounds kinda ugly , but it does remind me of those retro-ish bowling style bags.
just wondering how much stuff you can fit in your gorgeous bag!!, is there room in there for clothes, makeup bag and say like a blow dryer?? You did a wonderful job, love it, love it loveit!!!
It's huge! I took it away for a weekend and was able to put jeans, clothes for 2 days, a sweatshirt, blowdryer, flip flops and more inside. I'd actually say that it's too big to use as an everyday bag, but well suited for a weekend one.
My cousin got a new Macbook and asked me to make a laptop bag that she could use to tote it around. Since laptops are fairly heavy, I lined the bag with a padded quilting fabric and sewed three seams close together (instead of one) so that the laptop wouldn't end up on the ground one day
She wanted to use this damask fabric (it's one of Joel Dewberry's):
On the inside are pockets for pens, a cellphone, laptop charger and usb cords. A quick tip, instead of measuring the width of the pen pockets by hand, you can use a yard stick (or metre stick if you live in Canada like me!) and just trace the width. It's the perfect size for making pen and pencil pockets and will save you from having to measure each one:
I wanted to try out something new for the strap protector. I saw this cool men's messenger bag that had one similar to this. It's an oval that has a couple of layers of padding sewn into it. Then on the top of the oval, I attached a thinner rectangular channel. It's a bit wider than the width of the strap so that it can be moved up and down the strap if she decides to lengthen or shorten it. Oh and if you decide to make one, don't do what I did and sew the rectangular channel down on both sides before adding it to the strap. I had to get out the dreaded seam ripper and pick out the stitches so that I could re-sew it actually on to the strap haha.
Beautiful Bag.... I hear that her patterns are really complicated.. I am to scared to try.
I like the way that her patterns are written. For some reason, I find "regular" patterns (you know the patterns you can buy at any craft store) really difficult to follow. The terminology confuses me so I end up either putting the project on hold (usually for a loooong time haha), or just trying to finish it on my own without the instructions. I've tried two of Amy Butler's patterns (this one and the hat one) and found both easy to follow. The most difficult part of the project is probably sewing the zipper in, but it's more because you have to pin it pretty well, other than that, it's just alot of straight sewing and curves
I had big plans this year for finishing off all of my Christmas presents with time to spare, but it didn't quite turn out as perfectly as I had planned
It took me until 8pm on Christmas Eve to finish off this Weekender Bag. The Christmas Eve event started at 7pm so I was a little bit late haha.
I used Amy Butler's Weekender Bag pattern and her Lacework in brown fabric:
And brown piping:
The inside is a decorator weight fabric from Ikea. Since the outside fabric was a regular cotton, I wanted to make it more durable. There is also a layer of heavy weight iron on interfacing adhered to the lining:
One modification that I made was to lengthen the straps. It's for a relative who is going on a trip in the New Year so I thought that it'd be easier to lug around with longer straps. Also, I split the pockets on the front (by sewing a seam up the middle) so that there would be 6 pockets on the outside, instead of 4.
Finished just in the nick of time, but I'm happy with how it turned out in the end