A few months ago, a new spin on the Weekender Bag pattern by Amy Butler was started by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson. This pattern has been sitting in my “To-Do” list of projects for at least a year, but somehow working up the nerve to do it hadn’t come yet. I couldn’t choose a fabric that would be worthy of such a sewing milestone. Should it be home dec? A heavy Japanese canvas or linen/cotton? I just let it go to the “undecided” part of my sewing brain and waited for inspiration to strike. The quilt as you go Weekender revolution was just the nudge I needed!
With this approach to making the panels and pockets of the bag, you eliminate the need for the interfacing, and utilizing canvas and batting as a base, and then piecing your fabric treasures on top of them. (This method is described in great detail on Elizabeth’s blog in the weekender post, as well as this post on making panels for bags.) I started with one of the pockets and was immediately hooked!
The biggest help in assembling and stitching together the large panels to the top/side panel, is to hand baste them before bringing them to the sewing machine. I attempted sewing them together without basting and I will admit to much cursing and walking away in frustration. A friend who had made a Weekender before suggested basting large stitches, about 2″ long, and it worked like a charm.
I will make this bag again with this method – it’s already come with me on a couple of trips and it gets a lot of attention. Go ahead! You can do it!