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« on: April 21, 2011 07:17:09 PM »

Like many of you, I thought of doing the Amy Butler Weekender bag, but was intimidated by the piping (only done once – not good) & the modifications to the pattern. I decided that I could make my own bag & it would be ‘my bag’. Long story short, I had back probs for 4 months & the bag was put on hold. After starting the bag, I ran out of fabric, had to modify the pockets & really messed up the zipper so I had to re do the zip – it was not pretty.

Because I ran out of fabric for the pockets, I decided to use burgundy fabric & do some cut work of the flowers & machine blanket stitched them on after fusing them. It came out pretty good. I finally finished the bag several weeks ago & would like to show it off.

Here is the front (sitting crooked) – 1 large pocket w/a tab closure so bulky items can be carried:


Here is the back  - 2 pockets:


Inside – 2 pockets on each side:


Bottom – I decided to put on 6 feet for stability:


I also added a floor – I used a double piece of quilting plastic & covered it. I made the cover a ¾” bigger on all sides to create a skirt so nothing can fall underneath & get lost.

The dimensions are 14"x17"x4". This bag is now in Hawaii being enjoyed by my daughter & will be doing a lot of traveling w/her. The only thing different I would’ve done is made the bottom wider by about 2” – other than that it was pretty easy, once my back healed & I was able to focus on getting it done.
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011 07:47:36 PM »

Really nice work!  I like the appliqued flowers, they add a unique touch to the bag.  Looks great, you should be proud!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011 07:57:25 PM »

This looks great.  I love the applique!
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 08:15:38 PM »

 Cheesy Cheesy Very nice! Great work  - I love the feet!!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011 08:41:33 PM »

Great idea about the feet--this looks very nice, and the pocket fabric looks as if you planned it from the start.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011 09:11:54 PM »

That looks so professional! Nicely done--way to overcome your challenges!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011 05:54:45 AM »

I'm scared by that pattern too, but your bag looks really nice.  The colors are so bright, I bet it fits right in with your daughter in Hawaii.  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2011 08:01:01 AM »

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I like the appliqued flowers . . . you should be proud
Thanks craftycakelady. I've done flowers like this before & after I started doing this, I was happy w/it. I am proud of this bag - a lot of sweat went into making it.

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This looks great.
Thank you kaz814.

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. . . I love the feet!!
Thanks DeeDee - I love the feet too, I had never done feet before & they came out great.

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. . . and the pocket fabric looks as if you planned it from the start.
Since I ran out of fabric, I really wasn't sure what I was going to do. The maroon fabric was my 2nd choice, the 1st was beige w/the flowers & it didn't look good. Thanks gannon.

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That looks so professional! Nicely done--way to overcome your challenges!
I appreciate your comment Wayward1 - thanks!

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My daughter loves the bag, thanks Linnybelle.
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2011 08:10:58 AM »

What I also made for this bag was a journal (forgot to pic it). I knew it was going to be challenging, so I wrote down key points so I'd remember them & after all was said & done, I sat down at my computer & started typing. It was very interesting that thoughts just kept coming - mistakes, failed attempts, triumps. I decided to make it into a book, I called "The Journey of this Bag", & I included a part of the melted zipper & the different elements that I had tried & didn't like - I was going to throw them out anyways, so I put them to good use. I used the maroon fabric for the cover & the flowers were the inside cover. It came out real nice & was very fitting for the bag. My husband said that it's a great idea to make a journal like that for bags - it gives the receiver an idea of what went into the making of their bag.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2011 08:43:21 AM »

This is really nice!  I love it!  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011 04:22:46 PM »

Thank you Artkitty13.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2011 05:37:10 AM »

Great job!

I have the Amy Butler bag and am currently sewing it now.  I am doing daily posts on my blog as to its progress.  So far so good.  I plan on making a few modifications to the AB bag, one is to add feet to the bottom also.  I had them already purchased and ready to go.  I seen you put 6 feet on yours.  Do you feel that 4 would have been enough if they were placed closer together or is 6 needed?
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2011 07:41:13 AM »

The way I make my bags is I gauge things by what I see out there & change it to how I think my bag will be used. I put 4 feet, I believe, at about an 1-1/2" from the corners - because this bag is lighter in color (the base color), 17" long, & I know the receiver, I knew this bag would go thru some wear & tear so put on the extra 2 feet in the middle. Having a sturdy floor inside would definately help the situation. Good luck w/your bag - pls show pics when you're done. Now I need to go check out your blog.

**Went & checked out your blog. For your handles, you can use cotton fabric - that's what I did. I just used sturdy interfacing in the handles for stability - works real well. Kudos for your piping, I tried it once & it scared me, that's what made me not do an AB bag. I am so with you as far as not paying full price for fabric & notions. Nice blog btw, I'm trying to put one together too.**
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2011 12:21:54 PM »

You did a great job on this bag. I like the the different color for the pockets & the embroidery too. The feet is a nice extra touch!!!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2011 08:12:49 PM »

Thats so cool, its always fun to make your own bags!  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2011 08:32:17 PM »

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I like the the different color for the pockets . . .
That happened bcuz I ran out of fabric & they didn't have anymore. Thanks Sharalee.

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. . . its always fun to make your own bags!
I totally agree Parka Pucker - you get to make it how you want it, not how someone else wanted it. Thanks!
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2011 06:16:30 AM »

Cute bag!! Great work!
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2011 10:20:20 AM »

Hey there, Little Me!  It's nice to see a post from you again.  I had not been checking for a while, then when I came back, I noticed I hadn't seen anything from you.  Glad your back is better, and I love your bag.  Great work! Grin
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2011 06:41:24 PM »

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Thanks christy ross.

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Hi Padester. I have been periodically checking in to see what's new & thought I should post some of the new stuff I've been making. Thanks for saying hi & for your nice comments - take care.
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