-1.5 yards of 42-44" fabric for exterior panels, top, bottom and handles (you should have enough to make the lining for the two small side pockets and the lining for at least one large lining pocket (possibly 3).
-1.5 yards of 42-44" fabric for interior (aka lining in the pattern) (this should make two interior panels, interior top and interior bottom, lining for both the exterior large pockets and both the interior pockets exteriors. (I didn't make the false bottom, it is a waste of materials in my opinion).
- various fabrics or patchwork to make your four exterior pocket exteriors.
-3.5 yards of ShirtTailor interfacing in place of Shape Flex.
-2 yards of 40" Decor Bond in place of Peltex or Timex, you will need to double cut the decor bond (so cut two pieces everywhere the pattern says to cut one!) except for the bottom panel you need just 4.
- at least 1/2 yard of 40" fabric for piping, see my tutorial on how to make the piping.
-6 yards of 6/32 rope (found in home decorating section). The pattern calls for 5 yards but I was a bit short..
-steam a seam to make the piping
-a 30" zipper, good luck! I bought 40-44" sports zippers from Joanns and cut them down to size, easy.
-binding clips (seriously!) at least 20!
-a zipper foot (not a piping foot)
-size 14, 16 and 18 needles (trust me)
-thread (wait! This project takes thread?)
-I left off the plastic from the pattern, didn't use it 😉
-a seam ripper (😂😂😂)
REQUIRED: (haha I wish but this is what I also used):
- a 1/4" foot if you have one
- little house pins to use to pin the pattern pieces on and the zipper on, the rest of the time use binding clips
-creative grids ruler, or two or three 😉
- a Juki TL 2010q (it's awesome for this)
-fabric pencils (chalk pencil)
Things you should know:
1. I changed the size of the straps to 4" by 54"
2. I didn't use a false bottom
3. I'm sewing the interior on way before the end
4. I used different fabrics for the exterior pockets, I did not use the exterior main bag fabric for everything. Take this into consideration when you are purchasing the fabric. However, I believe you will be able to cut the pockets out of the exterior fabric with 1.5 yards if you want.
5. I added two pockets to the interior of the bag. If you want to as well you will need to cut four more large pockets (2 for the interiors pocket exterior, 2 for the interiors pocket lining). Here's a pic of the inside of my first weekender bag
I chose to make the exterior of the interior pockets match the interior fabric and I made the lining of the interior pockets a different print. I also plan on making the lining of my exterior pockets different prints, just for fun 😀
6. I chose to make my handles out of the exterior fabric, not the interior fabric. Take this into consideration when you purchase your fabric.
7. I added piping to the small exterior pockets.
The pattern includes a guide as to how to cut your fabric and interfacing. Well here's my quick guide for cutting the exterior fabric. This is using 1.5 yards at 40" wide. You will be able to cut:
2 exterior panels
2 handles 4" x 54"
1 bottom panel
2 top panels
2 small pockets (I say use these for the lining and do something more fun for the small exterior pockets but it's up to you)
1 large exterior pocket (or like with the small ones you can use this for the lining of one or the lining of an interior pocket).
I believe you will have enough to cut two more large pockets, or one more large pocket and two more small..it just depends on what you want.
Interior (aka lining on the pattern):
From the interior fabric cut:
2 large panels,
one bottom panel,
2 top panels,
4 large pocket panels (2 for the exterior pocket linings and 2 for the interior pockets exteriors). (Say that 10 times fast)
I believe you would have enough to either cut one more large pocket or two small pockets. The small pockets could be the lining if you decided to use the exterior fabric for the small pockets. It all just depends on how you want your bag to look.
8 large pocket panels
4 large exterior panels
4 top panels
2 bottom panels
4 side pockets
Cut the following from the ShirtTailor:
2 large exterior panels
4 large pocket panels
2 small pocket panels
6 top panels
1 bottom panel
Cut the following from the decor bond:
2 1" by 54" strips
4 large exterior panels
4 large pocket panels
4 bottom panels
(I'm only doing one pocket on the inside for this bag)
Decor Bond tip: before you iron on the decor bond I cut 1/2" off all the edges to make sewing a lot easier later on. It eliminates the bulk.
Ironing!! My least favorite part!!
For your two large exterior panels you need to iron on 2 layers of decor bond and one layer of interfacing.
For your two exterior large pockets (on the exterior fabric not the pocket lining fabric) iron on 2 layers of decor bond and one layer of interfacing.
For your two exterior small pockets (the exterior fabric not the lining fabric of the pocket) iron on one layer of interfacing (yep just the one).
For your exterior top panels iron on three layers of interfacing on each panel (2 panels)
For your exterior bottom panel iron on 4 layers of decor bond and one layer of interfacing
For your handles we will iron the decor bond as we make them, so wait
For your two interior pockets (not in the pattern but you added them) iron on one layer of interfacing on the exterior pocket panels
That's all for the interior.
You need at least 5 yards, I recommend 6. Follow this guide: http://librarianondisplay.blogspot.com/2016/03/quilting-how-to-make-piping.html
If you need to piece your handles try to make the seams fall 8" or less to the ends of the handles, then the pocket will cover them.
1. Lay out your handle fabric and press it in half, short side.
2. It is up to you how much you want to fold in your handle. I folded up each edge 1/2" and pressed
7. When both handles are done line them up with each other and cut the edges to make them even. (Just a bit).
Putting the handles on the exterior panels!!
I do this differently than the pattern says, feel free to follow that if you like.
Lay your first panel on your table and place your handle (double folded edge to the exterior, in the pic I did the left side first, so the double fold is on the left) on the panel. I lined up my ruler with the bottom of the panel, measure 4.5" in. See pic to see how I measure it (I measure from the top of the ruler not the bottom.) just be consistent. Pin in place, just at the bottom
Now pin the other side, just at the bottom, doing the same thing, 4.5" in measuring from the top of the ruler with the double fold on the right now. Don't twist your handle.
Now let's pin the handle at the top of the panel. This time we line up our ruler with the top of the panel and measure from the bottom of the ruler. 3.75" in. Pin in place. Repeat on other side.
Using either a fabric pencil or pins measure up 9" from the bottom and then 13" from the bottom. Mark each spot. It's hard to see the white lines in the pic. Do this for both sides of the handles
Time to sew!!
I used a size 14 needle, made my stitch length 2 and moved my pressure up one to give me a bit more room.
Starting at the 13" mark sew down the handle following the stitch mark from where you top stitched the handle, back stitch at top and bottom. Then sew across the bottom like 1/8" from the bottom of the panel. Then cut your thread and move back to the 13" line and sew down the other side of the handle. Repeat for other side of the handle.
Mark your panels!!
This is going to make your life so much easier. For both exterior panels, fold them in half and mark the back ( interfacing) with either a chalk pencil or a regular pencil. On the two top exterior panels fold them in half and mark them. Fold the bottom exterior panel in half and mark it as well.
Let's make the exterior large pockets!!
First add the piping to the exterior large pocket panel. I changed my needle to size 16 and used a zipper foot.
Placing your exterior large pockets on the exterior panels!!
Let's make the small exterior pockets!!
I add piping to mine, I don't think the pattern has you add piping.
You are going to make these just like the large exterior pockets
Making the interior pockets:
I completely forgot to do this on my bag, I had it all cut and ready and then forgot!! So excuse the pics, they are in a different fabric then the rest of the tutorial.
Let's make the zipper!!
I purchased a 42" double zip zipper at Joanns. The only time I broke a needle making this bag was by going into the thick plastic at one end of the zipper. I decided to avoid that this time.
Take your two exterior top panels and use binding clips to pin them right sides together.
Adding the interior (lining) (what? Now?, yep)
Take your two interior top panels and just like the exterior ones pin them right sides together and mark 6" from each side.
Sew on the small pockets!!
Adding the rest of the interior panels!!
Unpin the lining you had pinned up. At the bottom edge of the interior top panel pin the interior bottom panel right sides together. Before you sew make sure the exterior top panel is out of the way. Use a regular foot and a 1" seam.
repeat on the other side attaching the bottom panel to the interior top panel.
It should now look like this, one side and the top and bottom done. Pin the next side on, make sure it's lined up straight. Unzip the zipper all the way. Stitch around it doing everything the same except leave almost the entire bottom edge open.
Let's finish this!!
Flip your bag so that the exterior panel is wrong side out. Play with the lining to keep it out of the way. With right sides together pin the bottom exterior panel to the top exterior panel edge, sew with 3/4" seam allowance, repeat on other side.
And line up the pencil marks you made earlier. The top and bottom panels with the side panel. Now you will know they are straight. Change your needle to size 18, turn your pressure all the way to the lowest setting and use a zipper foot. Start where your piping met and with the large panel down on the table sew around the bag getting as close to the piping as possible. Use your fingers to feel where the piping is. Stop and check frequently to see if it's close enough, adjust and stitch and stitch again until your are happy.