Here are are at the end of the sew along. Thanks everyone for joining along. Remember if you ever have a question just leave it in the comments section and we’ll get to it. Hope you enjoy your new custom made bag!
The Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns is not a make it in a night kind of a bag. But, now that I have made 2, I can say that not only is it a pleasure to sew, it’s also one of those projects that you walk away from with such pride. Every aspect of the bag is so well thought out. Not only is it a pleasure to sew, it’s a pleasure to use.
In our last post, we inserted and attached the pockets, added the handles, assembled the “D” ring tabs and the shoulder strap. Now it’s time to put it all together!
The center top zipper of the bag is basically just a center inserted zipper. Position the zipper down the center basted seam and stitch 1/4″ on either side. Open up the basing stitches to reveal the zipper.
Once the zipper has been inserted, baste the “D” ring tabs on either end, centered over the seam.
Sew the base of the bag to the top panels and top stitch the seam. Note that the seam allowance should be facing down as you see in the picture below.
Assemble the end pockets.
Stitch across the top and bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Prior to turning, trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″.
Turn and press.
Top stitch across the top of the pockets.
Baste the pockets to either side of the center panel. Edge stitch across the bottom attaching the bottom of the pocket to the bag.
Note that the top edge of the pocket should match the seam line where the top center panel and the bottom center panel meet.
To attach the center panels to the front and back bag, find the center of the front and back bag panels and the top and bottom center of the center panels. I marked my centers by clipping in a small notch.
Pin the center panel to the front and back. Be sure to clip the center panel to match to the curves of the front and back bag.
If you have piped the front and back bag, you will need to stitch the center panel to the front and back bag with a zipper foot.
Be sure to unzip the center zipper before stitching the front and back to the center panel.
Now we can turn the bag to the right side and admire our work!
The lining of the bag features a slip pocket. Make the pocket just as you did for the outside, but eliminate the piping if you piped the outside.
You may customize the pockets to whatever may suit your needs. You can have 2 large pockets, 3 pockets that are equal in size, or a larger pocket and 2 smaller pockets as I did.
Stitch the center panel of the lining to the front and back pieces just as you did for the outer bag.
The pattern calls for a stiff fusible stabilizer to be added to the bottom of the bag. I like to use a piece of chip board to stabilize the bottom of my bag. It helps the bag retain its shape and have an overall lovely appearance. I also like to add bag feet.
Chip board can be found at your local art supply store. If you decide to give the chip board a try, be sure to purchase the heavy weight.
To add the bag feet, I measured in 1 1/2″ from the corner of the bottom of the bag. Place a mark at this point and punch a hole through the fabric.
Place your cut piece of chip board inside the bag. The chop board will be between the lining and the outside of the bag. Turn the bag back to the bottom and through the clipped holes, mark the chip board. Punch holes through the chip board where marked.
Take the bag feet and push the prong through the hole of the fabric and the chip board. Slid the prongs through the backing and then press the prongs to either side. Repeat for the other 3 bag feet.
The feet make a beautiful addition to the bag.
Now that the outside of the bag is complete, we need to attach the lining to the inside of the bag.
Begin by placing the lining inside the bag.
In order to keep the lining from sagging, we will attach the lining to outside of the bag.
Fold the center zipper panel back so that the seam allowance is exposed.
Match the seam edge of the center panel of the lining to the seam edge of the zippered center panel of the bag.
Stitch from the curved end at the top to the opposite curved end at the top of the bag. The lining will now stay nicely in place.
Pin the seam allowance of the lining opening to the center zipper and hand stitch in place.
The lining is nice and secure and no bagging!
Our bag is completed!!!
Clip on the shoulder strap and you will be ready for any weekend getaway.
If you would like to purchase the Stella Weekender Bag pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All. The sew along instructions will remain up on the blog, so you may access them at anytime.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along!
So until next time…