And, the Cosmo Bag from Studio Kat Designs
And the Amy Butler Bag sew along. If you ever pick up these patterns you can always access these sew alongs to help you get through any tricky parts.
Now on to our next bag sew along the Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns.
With the cool crisp autumn days just around the corner, nothing sounds more inviting than a weekend get away. Maybe a trip to the mountains for a little hiking, a seaside retreat enjoying a fire on the beach as the sun sets, or just a weekend in the country discovering antique stores. For any type of get away, having a great bag that will hold the essentials needed for a weekend away is no longer a dream. The Stella Weekender Bag is not only the perfect size, it has a pocket for just about everything you might possibly want and need to bring along
The front of the bag features 2 cargo pockets that actually stand away from the bag, perfect for bulky items. The magnetic snaps will help keep the contents secure.
Above the cargo pockets is a large zippered pocket.
On each end of the bag are pockets that will hold brochures or a cell phone.
On the back of the bag are 2 pockets large enough for your I-Pad and notebooks, just in case you need to get a little work accomplished.
The interior has pockets on either side for items that you may need to find quickly.
In the event that you pack your bag a little too full, there’s a detachable shoulder strap.
The handles tie the bag all together with a shaped end that’s easier to sew than you might think. The handles can either be made in a matching fabric, or you might want to think about a contrasting fabric that will spice it up a bit!
You will truly be able to make a bag that is fun and funky, or smart and sophisticated as the pattern calls for quilting weight cottons for both the exterior of the bag as well as the interior. Medium weight Home Dec fabrics would also work well. I used a fun barkcloth for the exterior of my bag and a cotton for the interior and the piping detail. The bag can be made with or without piping, but if you have never made piping, please consider giving it a try as it adds a little extra polish to a bag. We will go over making piping in our next post.
You can find a paper version of The Stella Weekender Bag pattern HERE at Shop Sew It All. Once you have your pattern, there are just a few pattern details to keep in mind.
1. You will need to draw out the pattern pieces listed below. Don’t worry, they are all rectangular shapes and easy to do.
Removable Strap • 6” x 36” – Cut 1 Exterior, Cut 1 Interfacing
Strap Connectors • 4” x 6” – Cut 1 Exterior, Cut 1 Interfacing
Zippered Pocket • 14” x 16” – Cut 1 Exterior
Zipper Interfacing • 1” x 16” – Cut 1 Interfacing
Large Cargo Pocket • 9.5” x 7” – Cut 1 Exterior, Cut 1 Lining
Small Cargo Pocket • 6.5” x 7” – Cut 1 Exterior, Cut 1 Lining
Bottom Support • 8” x 18” – Cut 1 Stabilizer
2. Take a look at the picture below. On the top right hand side, you will see a pattern piece for the bottom of the bag. Just to the left, you will see a pattern piece for the side pocket. You will need to fold down the bottom panel to obtain the side pocket patterns.
The same is true with the Main Panel and the Open Pocket. Just fold down the Main Panel to obtain the Open Pocket pattern piece.
Here’s a list of the materials you will need for the bag.
Exterior: 2 yards 44” home decor weight
Lining: 1.5 yards quilting weight, 44”
3 yards lightweight fusible interfacing
2 yards fusible fleece (i.e. Pellon Thermolam TP971F)
1 yard stiff fusible stabilizer (i.e. Pellon Peltex 71F)
Two 1” D-rings or strap loops and two 1.5” swivel clips
One 24” all-purpose zipper
One 14” all-purpose zipper
Two magnetic snaps
The Stella Weekender Bag would also make a wonderful diaper bag for an expecting mom, and a great gift to a college student who comes home from time to time.
In our next post, we’ll prepare the pattern pieces for sewing, and we’ll go over how to make your own custom piping.
Until next time…