I can now proudly present:: the Amy Butler Weekender Bag to you. Finished, and already well used.
Truly, this project was the most complicated, intense, and expensive sewing project I have completed to date!
I had never put together such a piece before, with so many different panels and layers (some times I was sewing through 10 layers!). It was challenging; I learnt a lot of new techniques, and nailed my piping and zipper installations.
The bag is completely lined, and the interfacing on this bag is intense. It can stand up on its own accord and has 2 different types of interfacing in each panel, as well as a false bottom insert for a sturdy base and easy washing.
Although it took me a few months of procrastinating (and learning more about zippers), it only took a few afternoons to sew up.
Lately it feels like I've upped my sewing game, and have been able to produce things I am very proud of and don't feel the need to apologise for and point out my mistakes.
I think that has come through a lot of practice, and a few years of making a lot of mistakes and learning new skills. The more I sew, the better I get.
This bag is worth it's weight in gold:: $130 for (new) fabric and notions (including new needles) ($50 of that was just on the interfacing!), and $16 for the pattern. This is no cheap sew.
If I ever make this again (It's likely!) I think I will make a patchwork version and use quilting scraps that I have, and use a wadding inner to keep the cost down (like this one) // I'll also include pockets on the inside next time too.
Regardless of price, I am constantly reminded that I could not buy this bag anywhere, not at that price for such good quality. Also, my fabric choices have "Sophie" written all over them. If ever there was a bag that was meant for me, it's this one.
It is so big, absolutely perfect for a night or weekend away! The girls often take it to their Nanna's house when they stay the night there. It carries swimming togs and towels and everything we need for the beach, or a trip to the park.
Our weekender bag is very well used already, it's a great make that will last a long time.
If you want to make your own, you can buy the Weekender Bag Pattern here (It's the cheapest online that I found)
What's on your sewing table? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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