Who is ready to start sewing up an Amy Butler Weekender bag?! I'm teaming up with Debbie over at Happy Little Cottage to stitch up another great bag and I so hope you'll join the fun!
There are a few parts of the assembly that are more difficult than others (mainly the worst is attaching the second side panel to the rest of the bag), but I encourage you to go for it! And have fun making it your own. :-)
This will be my third bag. I made my first one and then hosted a sew along with a few other friends a couple of years ago. Those posts can all be found under this tag here.
Our schedule for this Sew Along is pretty laid back ...
- Mon. June 6 (today!) - Planning Your Fabrics & Materials
- Mon. June 20 - Cutting, Interfacing & Making the Panels
- Mon. July 6 - Sewing the Outer Bag Together
- Mon. July 11 - Finishing the Bag & Link Up
- Mon. July 25 - Prizes!!!
In my last Weekender Bag Sew Along, here are some thoughts on supplies that I shared (image from then as seen in this post):
General supplies you need:
- The pattern! (Obviously!) ... We have these on order ... and will be arriving soon.
- Zipper (I have used both metal and plastic molded.) You need a 30 inch zipper - I found mine at a big box fabric store in the past, but this time plan to order a double pull from my favorite zipper supplier.
- Coordinating thread
- Jeans Needles (trust me, you need a jeans needle)
- Appropriate machine feet - regular piecing, walking foot, zipper foot, piping foot (Note: I don't have a piping foot, so I use my zipper foot.)
- Clover Wonder clips (or binding clips) - HIGHLY recommended. Pins would work, but its not going to be fun.
- Fabric marking pen
- 5 yards of cording to make your own piping (I am working on getting this in the shop)
- Sewing Machine - this is definitely the job for a machine! ;-)
- Fabric and interfacing (more details on what I used last time here)
I am planning to piece my pockets again this time. And I have been back and forth with myself about the design. I've sketched out a few things in my graph paper notebook, making notes about the larger panels and what blocks might fit in the side panels, etc.
Funny thing.... when I mentioned to my Mom about this sew along, our conversation went like this ...
Her: "Haven't you already made two of these?"
Me: "Yes, but I gifted one."
Her: "Maybe you could make this one for me."
In my mind: "I was planning to keep this one."
So ... it looks like I may be attempting two. Crazy talk, right?! Which means I may experiment a little on the second and share my thoughts with you. :)
She picked out Grand Canal by Kate Spain (due out this Fall).
I picked out Handmade by Bonnie & Camille (due in September).
My fabric selections should not be a shock! ;-)
I hope you will sew along with us! I will share my progress and tips here as well as on Instagram (@sewlux). Join the fun with #wbsa2016
See you soon!