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Topic: I finished an Amy Butler Weekender bag!  (Read 14191 times)
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« on: September 25, 2007 11:44:18 AM »

And it came out pretty well, I think.  It's a big project, but I enjoyed doing it.  I needed a big project, my husband was out of town and I had time on my hands (and no camera, he had it, so no progress pix).  The instructions in the pattern are fantastic and easy to understand.  I used regular quilting weight fabric so I used an iron-on stabilizer to make the fabric more durable.  That added a lot of time and expense to the making of it, but it seems like it was worth it.  I took the bag on a plane right after I finished it and it fit in the overhead nicely and carried a lot of stuff.  I have a friend who is a flight attendant and she says to NEVER EVER check a bag like this, it WILL disappear.  Yikes. 

The pattern actually does match up if you're looking at it exactly straight on.  Yeah, I'm anal like that.    Tongue

About the only thing I did differently was to add a small zippered pocket to the lining and I used a double opening 30" zipper for the main zipper, now I can open it from either side. 

I also made a little matching bag for jewelry, found the free tute here- http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/freepatterns.htm  I only made one, but I love this little pouch and intend to make several more, some for gifts.  Very handy for holding things.  It would even make a great tampon holder!

You likey?   Wink  I had fun sewing on it.  Thank goodness for my Bernina machine- it's a rather heavy-duty sewing project.  I started out using the White but switched when I was having difficulty with getting close enough to the piping.  Didn't break any needles, but some places have many, many thicknesses of fabric and Timtex.  Binder clips worked holding things in place better than pins did. 

Now I'm thinking about making another one in a spring/summer fabric.  Obviously I wasn't TOO traumatized making it!   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 11:52:56 AM »

Great job! It looks like the perfect size for a weekender bag, and your mods make a lot of sense. The little jewelry bag is handy too. I wish I had half your skills!

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007 12:11:38 PM »

Beautiful - simply beautiful work.  Your flight attendant friend is right - do not check this bag - ever.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007 12:13:11 PM »

Everytime I see a new Weekender listed I think it can't get any better than the last one, but it always does.


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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007 12:13:57 PM »

You know, this style would also make a good diaper bag:) This is beautiful, wish I could sew!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007 12:20:48 PM »

THAT is a beautiful bag! I am dying to start sewing, and I travel from university to home quite a bit...I would pay big bucks for a kick arse bag like that to pack in! Awesome job!

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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007 01:21:54 PM »

Nice work! It is beautiful and very professional looking. I was just at the fabric store on the weekend, but I guess I'll have to make another trip ... and add this to my list of things to make! :S It's getting long. Thanks also for the link to make the little jewelry bag .. cute!

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2007 01:31:10 PM »

I'm in total awe of your neat sewing!
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2007 01:43:59 PM »

This is beautiful!  You did a great job!  I would be proud to own this!

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