I was recently lent a pattern to make a weekender bag. Now I have a sewing machine that works I am finding my enthusiasm for trying more challenging projects is growing. So I sat down a few weeks ago to begin the challenge.
I decided to use the same striped fabric that I had used for my cushions earlier in the month - basically because I just loved it so much! The whole bag is quilted including the straps which made it a lot more time consuming than I had originally anticipated. But I got my walking foot set up on the machine and after a bit of you tubing to understand how a walking foot actually works I set off on the quilting.
I am super impressed with how much easier it is to do quilting with the correct set up on the machine. I was sewing fabric, wadding and another layer of fabric and it was pleasingly obedient. After a good block of time quilting I was able to start on the construction. I over locked everything using the stitches on the machine rather than my over locker (just to try them out :) ) and then was able to use straight stitches to join the pieces together. The actual construction of the bag was pretty straight forward. Lots of straight lines and the instructions I had borrowed as well as being able to see what someone else had made led to a pretty straight forward sewing job.
And here it is - stripey and proud. I love the way the handles go right underneath the bag making it super secure.
Yay for things working out as planned - not quite perfect but pretty close on the matching of stripes over a zip! I have to confess to zips absolutely not being my forte so this one going in so super straight made me very happy.
And it fits neatly over the shoulder or the straps are long enough to carry it across body.
So it took a fair while but the results are great! It will get lots of use I'm sure!
*Look out for my next project - my first home made pair of trousers - coming soon!