Anyways, I told yall that I've been thinking about making an Amy Butler Weekender bag. Decided to do it. And did. :) The pattern has been around for a while now, and is considered by many many people in sewing/quilting/blogging circles to be one of the most difficult bags to make.
So, I bit the bullet and made one. And ... it ...wasn't...that...bad.
Here's my bag. :)
1. It's not that hard. Repeat after me it's not that hard.
2. I used store made piping. Two packages of it. That eliminated a whole bunch of time. When you have a 10 month old, time is important.
3. I also used store bought handles. Again, time. I also didn't make the handles extend all the way down the bottom of the large pockets. That's okay by me.
4. I added piping to the end smaller pockets. The pattern didn't call for it, but I think it looks more cohesive with the rest of the bag.
5. I didn't use the material suggested by the pattern for the bottom interfacing and the false bottom. Thank you, Pampers, for providing me with some cardboard.
6. The zipper is a pain. I used a 30 inch separating zipper and wish I hadn't. I should've used a smaller zipper, and a non-separating. I didn't like how the pattern had you install, and so mine is definitely not the best zipper install that I've done. Ehh. It's life.
7. Your bag will not be perfect. That's okay. :) None of us are. Just think of it as unique, with all it's little quirks. Just like me. :)
Creative Sewing Machine Center. It's called Holly Holderman "Tattersal" by Lakehouse Dry Goods. It's an orange, pink, and white print. It matched beautifully but still looked like a lining, ya know?
The biggest issue that I had with making this bag... hand sewing the lining. Thankfully, I watched some football with the hubs while doing that, so it did help. My fingers were hurting after it was in though.
Overall, I'm really pleased with this bag. Call me crazy, but I actually enjoyed making it. :) I'm already thinking about making another one. Not bad for my first bag.
This one is going to Reagan, as her day care bag. I know she'll need something everyday to carry all her essentials and food, etc. when she starts going to day care. This way, she'll have an extra special bag that Mommy made just for her.
Go here to see everyone else's FABULOUS weekender bags, and go here to see my Pinterest board with other gorgeous bags! :)