Friday, July 9, 2010

I made another bag.

I liked the Weekender Bag so much I decided to make another one. I had another decorator sample books of suede cloth samples. These samples were all about the same size so I was able to match up a six by three grid of rectangles. I used the double sided buttonhole stitch to add a decorative touch to the seams. It made it look like laced together leather. I like to find opportunities to use one of the 400 decorative stitches on my machine. Most of the time using a decorative stitch just makes projects look homemade but every once in a while it adds the perfect touch.

I had a piece of rust colored suede cloth that was just big enough to make the bottom, gussets and handle. I added some pockets to the inside of this bag. The lining and the rust suede were both salvaged from a drapery workroom. These would have been thrown away as scraps but they worked perfectly for my bag. I even used this ugly fabric someone gave me as the interfacing. I needed something to give the bag a bit more body and this was a great way to use this fabric that I would never use in a place where you could see it. This fabric was to ugly to even use for lining.

The plum colored zipper I had in my stash. It was a two way zipper which was nice. But for a bag the sliders were going the wrong way. I had to change the direction from opening from the sides to the middle to opening from the middle out to the sides. I just cut off the stops and moved one of the sliders to the other side. Since my zipper was longer than I needed I was able to keep the excess in the seam so I didn't need to find another stop to keep the slider from coming off the end. So here is another bag from almost free supplies. I think the only thing I bought was the zipper and some Peltex for the bottom. The zipper came in a grab bag of 30 zippers for $7.00. If I see a deal like that I will usually buy it because I only have to use 2 zippers to save and I always have a collection of zippers for small projects. Sometimes the zipper color is not that important. I actually put zippers in the inside pockets and I had none that matched. So I used one pink zipper and one cream zipper but I am the only one who will ever see this.


  1. I love all the colors in the bag!! It looks like the great size for a weekend get away. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cute bag! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!