Yes, I am now a card carrying member of the Sisterhood of the Weekender:
(Sorry about the dark pictures – it’s very overcast here this morning.)
I’m only about four years behind the trend on making this bag so I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of bringing it back for it’s second coming. LOL
Here’s what I have to say about it: it really was not that bad to make. Certainly, I was expecting it to be worse. The only truly difficult thing about it is that you are sewing through many layers of fabric and interfacing and that is hard. Otherwise, it’s pretty basic bag making.
Here are my thoughts if you want to make a Weekender:
- Do your due diligence. Google “Amy Butler Weekender” and read about others’ experiences making the bag.
- I broke my work into three days: Day 1 – cutting, Day 2 – fusing, Day 3 – sewing. If I were to make another one, I would do the same thing.
- A jeans needle is an absolute must. Don’t even try this with a standard needle.
- Wonder Clips will be your best friend. Make sure you have plenty on hand.
- If you ever wanted a piping foot, now is the time to buy it.
Here are the modifications I made to mine:
- Longer, wider straps. I wanted the straps long enough to fit over the shoulder, but short enough that you could still carry it at your side.
- I put piping on the side pockets. The pattern didn’t call for this.
- I used a double ended zipper. I think this is a super nice touch and I highly recommend it.
- I added interior pockets, one zippered, one not zippered.
- I added six feet to the bottom.
I am in LOVE with this bag and have plans to make another. The fabric for it arrived yesterday.
Have you made the Weekender? What was your experience?